Sound — 10
One of the things I love about this album is the guitar work. They keep you on the edge of your seat with quick riff changes, brutal palm muted riffs, insane tremolo picking, and amazing solos. The addition of a second guitarist for this album enables Corey Steger to really play some pretty sick riffs. Aaron Gillespie's drumming also is very well done. His bass pedals are magnificent, and the fills are extremely creative. He was very young when this album came out, but the drumming could have you thinking it was played by a much older and more experienced drummer. I love how this album is both metal and very melodic. It seems as if the whole band had spent years writing this, but it was written in just about a year.
Lyrics — 10
Both of the first two Underoath CDs have amazing lyrics and vocals. It is so fun to hear how Dallas changes his tone of voice without even missing a beat. He stays consistent throughout every song, which is beyond belief with the shortest song in length on the album still clocking in over seven minutes. His high vocals are crisp, and his growls are insane. The lyrics are well written and there is meaning to each and every word screamed, or growled, on this album.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall in my opinion these five songs would be the ones I would pick to listen to every single day. The vocals and lyrics are brilliant, and the two guitarists keep the riffs fresh and having you wonder how they come up with it. The frequent key changes and twists and turns give this album an almost epic feel. Dallas's voice goes well with each song, and his touch tops off each song making all of them different in every way. One of the most fascinating things about this album is that each song is over seven minutes and not one thing is repetitive about this album. You would never catch myself thinking "this part is boring" because each one is packed full of energy and emotion. Even the longest song ever recorded by Underoath, And I Dreamt of You, never gets old throughout the full eleven minutes of the song. Just give this album a listen, and you'll see what I mean.