Sound — 10
The sound on this album is incredible. Everything seems very clear but still has an immense heaviness. The guitars have developed a lot from "Haunt What's Left" while they had an already pretty good sound on that album it sounded a bit digital to me. On this album it all sounds much more organic and natural. The distortion got less but at the same time they got a lot heavier. Another big change are the vocals. Ricky Armellino really worked on his technique which gets quite obvious on listening through "Dead Years". He does some wicked growls and awesome screams and manages to cover a wide range of vocals. Also the incorporation of other instruments and sounds was accomplished very nicely. They are definitely noticeable, but don't overshadow the real instruments. Overall I would give the sound a whole 10 because it is really good produced and overall just nice to listen to.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are basically about two topics. They are either about politics or personal stuff. Even though I think that these two topics get kind of old in metal and especially metalcore, which I would count This Or The Apocalypse to, I think they accompany the music very well and fit the whole style of the instrumentation and. As I said earlier Ricky's vocals improved a lot, his growls make the breakdowns much heavier and even his clean singing got much better giving album a new level of professionalism and distancing themselves from other metalcore bands whose singers sound straight taken out of a boyband. One thing which I would like to say is that there was a very weird Panic At The Disco'ish part in the middle of "You Own No One But You" which in my opinion doesn't fit into the whole sound and theme of the album at all.
Overall Impression — 9
I can't really compare it anything because of the bands I listen to there is no band that sounds anything like This Or The Apocalypse. I think the easiest thing to do would be comparing it to the bands previous albums, but as it sounds a lot different it isn't as easy as it seams. But in my opinion this is a very good sign. The band has evolved very much in the past years and I think they have finally found their sound. Which is complex riffs, heavy breakdowns and strong choruses which could easily be mistaken as anthems. The most impressive songs from the Album are easily the opener "Hell Praiser", the first single "In Wolves" and my personal favorite "Kill 'Em With Guidance". I love about this album that it incorporates everything the band has done on their previous efforts and simply takes it to a whole new level. I love the new vocals, the new melodies and the sound. I don't really hate anything about it, but the part in "You Own No One But You" really bothers me. If it were stolen I would definitely buy it again, just to support the band.