Sound — 9
Before I start, this review is just my humble opinion, so deal with it. The sound these gents put forth is a heavy dose of djent, with some dashes of progressive metal and some wonderful melodies and synths thrown in for good measure. I'm not keen on much of a back story on this collection of music other than it took a few years to perfect and that I think it was worth the wait! Not really a sampling of new styles, more like an intelligent amalgam of preexisting elements put together in a unique way (to my ears at least). I love watching these guys play, it's awesome, so technically sound.
Lyrics — 9
There isn't a printed source of lyrics for me to observe, but from what I understand (some of the more cookie-monster-esque lyrics are hard for me to decipher) it's a good bit of free-form poetry telling very broad stories in each song (if that even makes sense). I think the lyrics fit very well with the music, they don't sound forced or over thought. While the screaming isn't amazing, it fits the puzzle and isn't distasteful. The singing is solid; with wonderful melodies and great harmonies, not once off-key. A 9 because, while the lyrics I can hear are clean, I can't understand all of them.
Overall Impression — 10
I'd put these guys in the same building as Periphery and bands of that ilk, and these gents are equally as impressive as Misha and his cohorts. MY favorite songs on the album are Epinephrine and Skye, they seem to be epic AND show off the entire band at the same time. I love the 'relaxed' sound of it. I know metal isn't really relaxing to most folks, but sometimes you can hear the tension in a recording that just sours a great song, there isn't any of this on this album. The only thing I hate about it is that it isn't longer! I would hope that noone would steal my mp3 player, but I'd download the album again in a heartbeat (it's free on their website afterall, who woulda thunk). Love this band, hope to see them live some day, fan for life! All hail progressive metal!