Sound — 9
The sound on the album is fantastic. The guitars have been mixed fantastically, and the guitar parts work together so well. One of the highlights of the album for me is the harmonies which Matt and Corey perform. They are simply beautiful! As always, Travis' drumming is spot on and you can't fail Paolo for his bass. I think it would be nice if Trivium had more creative bass lines, but nevertheless they fit the songs. The songs which stand out to me are: Ignition, Entrance of the Conflagration, Anthem (We Are the Fire), Unrepentant and Tread the Floods. These songs all have fantastic riffs, awesome vocals and great solos.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics on this album seem to be up to good standards, but are slightly lacking compared to Ascendency. However, Matt's voice is fantastic. His voice does sound very similar to James Hetfield's, but his voice fits the music perfectly. The album lacks screaming like on Ascendency and Ember to Inferno, and it is a bit of a miss, but this album is more thrash metal orientated than metalcore, and normal vocals fit well with the music.
Overall Impression — 8
In my opinion this is the second best Trivium album. First being Ascendency, and third being Ember to Inferno. Musically, the album is fantastic. It has all the elements of Trivium you would expect, except screaming vocals. If you're a true Trivium fan, this album may be sup-par for you, but any thrash metal fan would love it.