Sound — 9
For fan's of melodic tech/death/prog/DJENT. The CD kills and it in my opinion could not be topped by any metal band on the scene right now. Going from crazy drop tuned riffs to ambient clean material with a little bit of electronics thrown in. All in all, the album blew my mind. (and was a cause for me to change pants) For fans of earlier Periphery with Casey Sabol (for he was there most popular vocalist), this album will not let you down. Bulb and the gang do not disappoint. The sound of the album is pretty good. It almost sounds as if it wasn't finished though in certain songs and parts. In my opinion the tone could have been a little more beefier but there is almost no room to complain. Either way it still sounds great. "Icarus Lives" which is probably the band's most popular track is still as sick, with the ultra groove in the beginning and "Totla Mad" which is one of my personal favorites sounds amazing as well. Other tracks don't disappoint either, as a whole the album rules. Track listing is: 01. Insomnia 02. The Walk 03. Letter Experiment 04. Jetpacks Was Yes 05. Light 06. All New Materials 07. Buttersnips 08. Icarus Lives 09. Totla Mad 10. Ow My Feelings 11. Zyglrox 12. Racecar (Icarus Lives has a nice surprise at the end)
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics really seem to paint a picture and are pretty unique. My favorite verse from the album is: "These Walls of time release, my eyes move like the drift the cries, they resonate within, the fabric tears before me break ties between the kin." The lyrics seem to hold it's place with the moods of the album (which tends to varies from the switches from heavy to clean). The singer has SKILL. In all honesty, Casey Sabol fit this band better and he was my favorite vocalist they had. Spencer has great range but I feel his screams and lows could do a lot better and a band as heavy as Periphery, a stronger voice just fits them better. Either way, I like it.
Overall Impression — 9
In comparison to the bands putting stuff out right now, this is lightyears ahead of them. The sound is almost futuristic, and is very different. If you are a fan of Meshuggah you'll love it. If you are a fan of Sky Eats Airplane you'll love it. It holds a striking similarity to Animals as Leaders (Tosin Abasi), Bulb did produce Tosin's self-titled so maybe that could be why. The technicality and musicianship is definitely impressive and grinds all other bands to shreds. With the exception of Nickelback and BuckCherry of course. ;D The most impressive songs on this album would have to be Zyglrox and Totla Mad. They are so technical and groovy. (I use groovy alot, but you have no idea until you hear this album). The whole album is impressive so let's just leave it at that. I don't hate anything about this album. If this album were stolen, I'd EASILY buy a new one. At the drop of a hat honestly. But, it's amazing. Go buy this album! In stores now! Buy the deluxe edition so you can get the instrumental version with it. Trust me you'll love it! P.S. If Spencer reads this, I love you man. You are a GREAT vocalist.