Sound — 10
Production and sound were extremely great. No background white noise or anything, and it wasn't toned-down like some metal production seems to be. The sound was crisp, and you could hear all the instruments, including the bass, which had at least one cool slide that truly made a song what it was. Also, most importantly, it was loud, really loud, with no clipping.
Lyrics — 10
Trevor Phipps' screaming skills had gotten noticably better since The Oncoming Storm. They sound more vocal this time, and less generic-hardcore-screaming-like than they used to, and more unique. Also, the lyrics are, as always, about despair and destruction, but what would you expect from a brutal metalcore band? Who looks for diversity in metal lyrics? Nobody of course, except for the irony.
Overall Impression — 10
Of course this compares to most metalcore artists, it rises above them and kicks their asses to hell and back. The most impressive songs off the album are definitely "Sanctity Of Brothers" and "The Time Was Mine" although all the songs are definitely extremely awesome. I would have liked slightly less familiar sounding songs, but who cares? These guys specialize in heavy metalcore and they do some of the best out there. If this got lost or stolen, I'd be proud to buy it again. And also, I'd be obligated to beat the hell out of the douche who stole this. My ears, raped and bleeding from repeated listening to this album, agree.