Sound — 10
Imagine Norma Jean meets Spencer Chamberlain's old band This Runs Through with hints of Every Time I Die and you have Define the Great Line. After the poppiness of They're Only Chasing Safety (the poppiness being a pre-cautionary move on the part of the original band members), Underoath has found their sound with Spencer. Spencer's vocals are no longer the same monotonous high screams and now he really shows off his range and improves upon his vocals in This Runs Through. His vocals range from a shrill scream to a mind-blowing guttural scream. Guitarists Tim McTague and James Smith have also grown up on this album. Their guitar style is so heavy, I was surprised to learn they didn't downtune to Drop C. They make good use of dissonance chords, especially dissonance chords on the A and D strings. The guitar style combines parts of The Changing of Times and They're Only Chasing Safety and include hints of Norma Jean and Every Time I Die. The band has really grown up and proven themselves capable of developing a sound all their own.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are a lot less poppy in this album and have a darker, more mature nature. UnderOATH uses drummer Aaron Gillespie a lot less as a singer in this album and Spencer really shows off his range. The vocals are probably the best part of this album.
Overall Impression — 10
Underoath has proven themselves able to produce a sound outside the faceless, corporate popcore that plagues the music industry right now. This easily exceeds any of their previous works and is a stunner. This is easily an album of the year contender and it left me and I'm sure everyone else pleasantly surprised.