Sound — 10
The sound is simply put, big. The guitar work between Steve and Russ is reeally good. It was Steve's first Zao album, so he probably had a lot of things already written, and Russ just goes along with anything. Steve is incredibly talented. The guitars are pure metal. They are fast and loud. For example, on the song Savannah, the play it, like, a hundred miles an hour. It's incredible. The bass doesn't really matter. You can barely even hear it over the rest of the parts. Jesse, to me, is one of the most underrated drummers mostly because almost no one has heard of Zao, but he's awesome. They really had to focus more because their last album, Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest, so so popular that no noe thought that they could make another album as good. But they focused and even started to experiment. This is the first album that their sound really changed. They really started to experiment and change their sound and still made it sound good and I respect them greatly fot that.
Lyrics — 8
When Daniel Weyandt screams, it's almost unhuman. He sounds like he is in extreme pain. He sounds like he has been shot or something. It's incredible. I think he is one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. He's just that good. His lyrics are more like weird poetry. For instance, the song Savannah is about a real life porn star. Most of them are pretty personal so I respect that. Some of his lyrics are really cool, to be honest. He just writes what he feels so you can't argue with that. Dan is awesome to say the least.
Overall Impression — 10
This album was a progression for them. It lead to other things. It started a new sound for them. Every single song is good. There are no favorites for me. I usually listen to every song, but if I had to pick a favorite, I'd say If These Scars Could Speak is the best. It's one of their all time bests. The only bad thing about the album is that there isn't enough bass, you can barely hear it. Besides that, it's nearly perfect. I would definately buy it again because it's that good.