I’m giving this album a 4 out of 5 because the sound quality is pretty bad. Their recording engineer should have been fired and replaced. There is a fine line between a raw-sounding album, and a poorly recorded one. Unfortunately, this one leans more toward the poorly recorded side. But with that being said…
This is one of the best metal albums I have heard in recent years. If there is a hope for the future of American metal, it truly lies in these guys.
Unlike most of today’s newer metal bands, these guys actually have very well written, intelligent, and poignant lyrics. The lyrical themes tend to be socio-political to religious in nature: the album’s two closing tracks are still some of my favorites.
Vocally, their frontman is a screamer/growler (usually, I’m not a big fan of that), but he is one of the few metal frontmen who can do it well: it is easy to understand what he is saying, and his vocals don’t sound cheesy or weak, as tends to be the case with other screamers of any genre.
Musically, these guys are great. Chris Adler is one of the most creative up & coming metal drummers out there. While they tend to play heavy, almost pummeling riffs, these guys cover everything from creepy down-tempo songs to thrashy up-tempo pieces, and many points in between. They’re definitely much more creative than most of the new acts out ther (this review can’t really do them justice).
In summation, this is a great metal album, but the recording quality is pretty poor. Thankfully it (along with the band) has improved in their next album.