Sound — 9
Oh, Sleeper's sophomore album certainly isn't a disappointment. In fact, their music has greatly improved since When I Am God. Son of the Morning is a concept album about the last battle between God and Satan. From the start to finish, the album tells an elaborate story about the struggle between the two powers. Like in their previous album, Oh, Sleeper possesses a powerful yet melodic sound with shredding guitar work, a strong bass sound, and beastly drumming. In my opinion, they've also improved upon their music in regards to the structuring of their songs. While When I Am God possessed few songs with obvious choruses, most of the songs off this album does.
Lyrics — 9
In my opinion, as well as many others, Micah Kinard is one of the best lyricists of this time. His lyrics are poetic and emotional. Each song is about something different; they don't repeat topics in their album like many other bands do. One thing that bothered me was a change in Micah's writing style. The lyrics of the previous album possessed more metaphors and had a less straight forward message. The lyrics of this album does away with the metaphors and makes the message more apparent. I'm not sure if I like that. As far as vocals go, Micah delivers the screams while Shane sings at different parts of the songs. Shane has a great voice... and Micah has my favorite scream out of all the hardcore/metalcore bands that I listen to. Even though he is screaming, you can easily understand what it is that he's saying.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, Son of the Morning is a fantastic album. It keeps your attention all the way through, one characteristic that When I Am God lacked. Perhaps the most impressive songs off the album are Son of the Morning, In All Honesty, Banquet for Traitors, and the final track, The Finisher. One thing I would have to complain about is the overall length of the album. While it consists of ten songs, it's only about thirty minutes long. This was sort of a disappointment; I was hoping it would be as long as their first album. Aside from the short length and the change in Micah's lyric style, I really don't have anything to criticize this album on. I loved each and every song with the exception of World Without A Sun... which started out great with some beastly double bass, but died down as it went on. For fans of Oh, Sleeper, this album is a must buy. I'd also recommend it to those who have never listened to the band. I'd certainly buy it again if I lost it!