Sound — 8
The music and the screaming in this album reflect the earlier days of Underoath, back when Dallas Taylor was the lead vocalist. Very heavy guitar, and deeper vocals than the past few albums. Also, Aaron does a pretty good job with his emo-style singing. Overall, the sound can tell you all you need to know about how serious these guys are, but if you're new to Underoath, or the metal genre altogether, you may need to have the lyrics right there in front of you. At first sound, you may assume it to be "satan music", because of the heaviness.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics have the ability to be interpreted many ways, although either way you look at it, the entire album talks about suffering, eventually leading up to the final track, "To Whom It May Concern", which pretty much tells you to forget the past, and keep going forward, because eventually, "you'll find what you've been longing for". Another album from the brilliant mind of God, through Spencer Chamberlain. My personal favorite songs would have to be "in Regards To Myself", "There Could Be Nothing After This", "Writing on the Walls", "You're Ever So Inviting", and "Moving For the Sake of Motion."
Overall Impression — 8
The impression one could get from this album is very rough and harsh. But, if they look at the lyrics, or can understand, they will be blessed. The songs are very delicate, but the music at first sound can be harsh. what I really loved about it is the way it's so deep, and it's so truthful to what the Christian life is like. But what I didn't like about it is that you sometimes had to think about what they were saying. If it were stolen or lost, I'd definately get it again.