Sound — 10
The first thing you hear is a really crazed, freaky laugh, high pitched and stuff, then the music comes in, and it practically blows you away, because one second you don't hear anything, the next second really heavy music pounds your eardrums. The overall sound of the entire album is pretty brutal and harsh, however, in "Spirit of a Living God", it's very smooth and easy listening. It's almost as though it's from a completely different band, because it's so easy and soft. Also, the music combined with the actual lyrics is really freaky.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are simply amazing. They deal with suicide in the title track, rape in "Innocence Stolen", abortion in the track "Burden in Your Hands", and in the track "Watch Me Die", the singer is talking about how he used to "die" spiritually, by constantly falling into sin, and how he found Jesus, so that he is now alive. However, there is also a track called "a Love So Pure", where the singer is pretty much praising Jesus and the Lord with every line. Actually, the lyrics alone aren't that bad, but when combined with the brutal music and the screaming, it can make you cringe, not because it's bad or sounds terrible, but because it's freaky. My personal favorite tracks would have to be "Act of Depression", "Watch Me Die", "Burden in Your Hands", and "Innocence Stolen".
Overall Impression — 9
The thing about Underoath is, unlike some other Christian rock bands, they're not afraid to tell it how it is. They talk about suicide and rape and abortion, etc, but they talk about it in Christian view. In "Spirit of a Living God", the lead singer, Dallas Taylor talks about how he met Jesus, and urges non-believers to do the same. Also, coincidently, this happens to be the the softest track on the album. I really can't compare the album to other artists. It's just so good, and so touching. Possibly the harshest and most impressive track on the album, next to the title track, would have to be "Heart of Stone", because it's talking about all these "Christians" out there who seem to only care about and find pleasure in finding sin in other people. The only thing I don't like about the album is how rare it is. There were only 1000 copies made, back in 1999, and for some reason, you can't get it off of Rhapsody or Limewire (or at least I couldn't find it). The only way I heard the entire album is off of Youtube, and I put those on my Netlog (for those of you who don't know, that's kind of like Myspace, only not as well-known) If I had the CD, but lost it, I'd definately at least try to buy it again. Note: you can get it off Amazon, if you wanna pay a fortune for it.