Sound — 10
This album can be summed up in one word: wow! This is a huge step up from "They're Only Chasing Safety". The maturation of Spencer and Aaron as vocalists greatly impact this album. They've traded in their pop/screamo for almost metalcore. It might be crazy to say, but that's the best way to describe it. This sounds more like Spencer finding his own voice, rather than trying to emulate Dallas Taylor. Fans of TOCS might be just a bit taken back by this album, but die hard UO fans will love it.
Lyrics — 10
Unlike a lot bands, instead of singing about struggles with relationships and fights with friends, underOath sings of struggles with one's self, which I think is on a much higher plane. Their lyrics have a deeper, christian meaning. An example of this is "In Regards to Myself". It's basically Spencer telling listeners to "come clean and get it off their chests", meaning to confess your sins, and seek God's forgiveness. And the best example: "Salamarnir" is Spencer's cousin reading Psalms: 20 in Russian. Being a Christian, I really respected that.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I think this is the best album UO has done. They've completely come into their own, almost escaping categorization. Crunchy riffs, like that of "In Regards To Myself" really make this album stand out among other Screamo artists. "Returning Empty Handed" and "Moving for the Sake of Motion" were easily the heaviest tracks, with completely insane drumming on the latter. "Writing On The Walls" is so emotional, it's like Spencer and Aaron put their soul into the song when they sing. This was probably the best track, behind "Returning Empty Handed" and "Moving For The Sake Of Motion". If this were lost or stolen I would more than definitely buy it again, as underOath is my all-time favorite band. Now, go out and buy this album.