Sound — 9
I'm sure somewhere there were people who hated System when they were at there peak during Toxicity and thought they should be lighter. That sorta happend but not entiarly. They changed there tuning, big deal. Have they sold out? Of course not. It doesnt't sound better but it not worse. it's not as heavy as the first 3 albums but they don't have to be heavy to be awesome. Listen to Stealing Society, or Tentative, their amazing. Although She's Like Herione is a complete dud. And Daron isnt a bad singer. He's powerful and has really good screams.
Lyrics — 8
The style of music has changed a bit but the lyrics have pretty much stayed the same. there's your political songs but they are on every album. Then there's life stuff like you'll find on Dreaming and Lonely Day. Holy Mountians talks about the Armenian Genocide like P.L.U.C.K. did and it's insane. Vicinity of Obscenity is about how men will look at women sexually or something.
Overall Impression — 9
Bottom line it's not as consistanly heavy as it's first first 3 albums but there are still heavy hitters like U-FIG and Holy Mountians. For those of you who think the albums are better, your right. But it is still amazing. Every thing from System remains fresh and awesome. But it is sadley the last for a while because of there hiatus.