Sound — 8
The overall sound of the album forms a combination of heavy rock and metal in vocals and all instruments in the band. The guitar sound consist of heavy rock sounding chords with occasional metal riffs. While the sound may not be heavy, the vocalist, Dave Rodriguez, makes up for it with a combination of heavy rock vocals and metal screams. The sound overall doesn't stand out compared to that of other current rock and metal bands. The band reminds me of a combination of Deftones and Atreyu (and other bands of the current heavy rock and hardcore scene). The opening track, "The Devine", sounds spectacular and gives a stellar introduction to the band if you aren't familiar with their past work. The song starts with a drum beat that leads into a combination of heavy guitar riffs and a distant keyboard in the background. Rodriguez then enters the song screaming "Now, this is it!" The vocalist then continues to show off his non-screaming vocals, and then he continues to alternate between the two vocal styles. This is probably the best song on the album, and it gives an insight to what the rest of the album will consist of.
Lyrics — 5
The lyrics sound like generic metal/rock lyrics. They do combine sometimes clever cliches in their music, but nothing spectacular comes out of it over all.
Overall Impression — 8
The album can be compared to that of other hardcore bands on labels such as Victory Records, but there seems to be something different from this band that others don't have. The music overall sounds great, but there is something missing that really sets this group aside from other current mainstream sound. While I do recommend getting this EP, I warn you that it will probably get old fast, and it won't appeal to every listener.