Sound — 10
The sound of this album is truly brilliant. The band have worked closely with Terry Date and have really captured their live power and intensity on record, which is a very difficult for any band to do. Let alone a band as good live as Unearth. You can really distinguish individual instruments. You can hear every part of the harmonisations and the riffs & solos (by Buz McGrath and Ken Susi) are techinical but not over-the-top or over-flashy. Although you can't here the bass (by John "Slo" Maggard) very well (you don't tend to hear it in metalcore) there are few audible moments which are very impressive. The drumming (by Mike Justian)is also extremely impressive and really sets the bar for the rest of the musicians.
Lyrics — 9
As usual with Unearth (and a lot of other metalcore bands) the lyrics are about destruction of the world and society. Pretty typical of metalcore but you don't tend to buy metalcore for the lyrics initially. Trevor Phipps also has some subtle hints towards "the powers that be" at the moment and there are definitely some political messages in there. Trevor has developed his vocals talents since Oncoming Storm and sounds more unique than he did on previous albums. Less of the generic metalcore screaming and he really comes into his own on this album. the raw power of his voice live is cpatured perfectly on this album like no other album I can think of.
Overall Impression — 9
I Believe this is Unearth's best work to date and is superior to there previous albums. This album has really raised the bar for all other metalcore bands at the moment. Unearth stand out among the thriving metalcore scene at the moment. The highlights of the album for me are: March of The Mutes (for the layered intro reminiscent of Metallica's Orion), Unstoppable (for the clean section at 3:23) and So It Goes (for the superb harmonised intro). If someone stole this from me, I would definitely buy it again. it's well worth it and I haven't listened to any other albums since. I love the live sound of the whole album, it truly recreates Unearth's live intenstiy and power! Although it does sound similar to other metalcore bands around at the moment, I believe Unearth have just raised the barrier for the whole genre. The best metalcore album of 2006? Very possibly!