Sound — 10
From the second I heard VOM I fell in love. "The Common Man's Collapse" is undoubtedly one of the most original cd's you will hear. The guitarist, Marc Okubo, is extremely talented. I myself am a guitarist of 11 years, and the technicality of the song "It's Not Safe To Swim Today" blew me away when I learned to play it. The drummer is also very talented as evidenced in songs like "We Bow in it's Aura" and It's Not Safe To Swim Today." The ability of the guitarist and the drummer to work together is evidenced beautifully in the song "Pillars" as they switch between the two instruments with precision timing. The bassist (former guitarist of Born of Osiris) is also a pretty talented one.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of the album, I think are quite a bit better than most deathcore screamers who basically just talk about, raping and pillaging in all their songs. Brandon switches between piercing high screams and incredibly low, deep, growls. His varied vocal skills fit the band's amazingly heavy, yet wonderfully melodic music perfectly.
Overall Impression — 10
VOM has been compared with Born of Osiris a lot, and I agree that they sound somewhat similar to their significantly less skilled peers, although if you want to talk about copying sounds, VOM released their first album in 2006, whereas BOO released theirs in 2007. This is by far the best album I own, if it were stolen I'd buy it again before I took another breath.