Sound — 10
Great album. Daron Malakian's guitar is deep-toned and yet brilliant. They have some of the best riffs I have ever heard. They have to be really strong and full bodied to stand out from Serj Tankian's radiant lyrics.
Lyrics — 10
The vocals are like a strong coffee. They're definately an aquired taste. When I first listened to thier music when this album came out I couldn't stand it. I thought the vocals were just too wierd. But a few years later my friend was blaring it in the car and I eased up to it. He is definately an extremely skilled singer. I have never heard so many different ways and pitches of singing.
Overall Impression — 10
I haven't heard more than a song or two from thier other albums so I have no right to compare thier music or rate thier progress as a band. But I have a hunch that this is thier best album. Definately one of my favorite albums.