Sound — 10
When you heard in interviews before the album was released Phil and Dimebag Saying "This Album is Gonna be Harder than "Vulgar'" you say to yourself how is that even possible, but this ablum proves it that you can make music as hard as you want and not lose musicianship in the sound songs like '5 minutes alone' and 'I'm broken' show you their true genius, giving you a very chaotic belnd of every instrument to make a solid whole.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are pretty muuch the same as on 'Vulgar display of power' and 'Cowboys from hell', which touches on subjects such as personal struggle, chaos, inflicting pain and drug abuse but with deeper insight into each subject. The main thing that has changed is Phil Anselmo's voice which has gone from a clean melodic style on early releases to a Harsh, aggressive growl that has now been watered down by almost all metal bands today.
Overall Impression — 9
The album is defnintely a landmark in metal with songs like 'Shedding Skin' and 'I'm broken' that have created an amazing form of metal which has made it such a classic album it will never be compared to anything with it's aggressive, anarchtic, angry and amazingly beautiful music which is emulated by many today and pretty badly if may say so.