Review Summary: Not bad, but not great.
From the singles we heard from this album, most of us didn't expect much. These assumptions for the most part were right. You will find that "Temper Temper" sounds a lot like "Fever". The band has showed change in their sound now having a more main-stream sound that a lot of people will love, I wouldn't say I was one of them.
1."Breaking Point"- The intro to this song is incredible. Matt releases a bloodcurdling scream to que the riff that stays solid throughout the song. The verses don't live up to the intro at all and probably dissappointed anyone that was excited for the song. The chorus is very simple and has no energy or enthusiasm in it. The riff is decent and stays solid all the way through. The addition of the guitar solo wasn't bad by any means, but it felt a little forced. 2.5/5
2."Truth Hurts"- A lot of people really like this song, but I hate it. The lyrics are awful and feel extremely forced at some parts. Like when Matt randomly outbursts "just pass my knife and it cuts my throat." Matt's vocals also get too much attention, with Jay's screams being barely audible. It's a shame for how good the instrumental work is here. The bridge is also the worst twenty seconds of the album with the band wailing out a few high notes that are very unsuccessful. Although the chorus is very weak in the last effort singing it, Matt does great. He changes the notes and really adds a sense of desperation to his voice. Still overall a very weak song. 2/5
3."Temper Temper"- Here it is, the song everybody hates with a dying passion. Call me a ***ing idiot if you want, but I like this song. People also say this song has some of the worst lyrics the band has ever put out. Not true with songs like "Leech" and "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow". The chorus is very heavy and something to look forward to in the song, with the verses being pretty bad. Matt's vocals are some of the best in this song, and it has been proved live. The bridge is nothing special but is awesome when it kicks into the chorus. Instrumentally isn't awful but nothing new or innovative. 3.5/5
4."P.O.W."- Probably the strongest song lyrically and maybe overall on the album. The lyrics still aren't fantastic but should be praised over the rest of the album's dreadful lyrics. The chorus is actually pretty good as well as the rest of the song. No major flaws on this one, but it could be better. 4.5/5
5."Dirty Little Secrets"- This song is all over the place. Nothing sounds connected in anyway with the verses sounding like a re-hash of "Bittersweet Memories", and the chorus sounding like "Begging For Mercy". Instrumentally this song is still awesome with the song starting off with a fast paced scale, then dropping into an incredibly whiny verse. After that a vocally strong chorus but lyrically weak. One of my least favorites. 2/5
6."Leech"- Don't get me started on this song. It's a shame the lyrics are so ***ing bad with how solid the bassline is. I can't criticize anything else on this song besides the lyrics because they bring down the song so much. "Your invitation it doesn't exist, so tell me why you keep crashing the party?" is easily the most dreadful lyrics I have ever heard from the band. With the addition of the lyrics the song is extremely repetitive. This should stand out as an embarrassment for the band. 1/5
7."Dead To The World"- This song isn't the bands best, and lyrically the song isn't that band. However the song sounds way too familiar to "Say Goodnight" same chord progression, same mood, and that big heavy part at the end. The heavy part is pretty good though with a decent guitar solo. 3/5
8."Riot"- 2nd single, and 2nd worst song on the album. The riff is so stupidly simple with one note being repeated with a few fancy pull-offs and hammer-ons. The verses aren't bad, but the chorus is absolutely dreadful. Matt's accent just makes the song annoying, and the woah-oh-oh is just uncalled for. The guitar solo is failure at it's worst and feels like it was put together in a rush. 1.5/5
9."Saints and Sinners"- I love this song, the lyrics really don't have much meaning, but it's hard to resist with it's epic sound. Matt's vocals are outstanding on this one with him screaming out "Let the fires of hell rise up" you can't help but get goosebumps. Overall one of the better songs on the album. 4/5
10."Tears Don't Fall (Part 2)"- This song was a huge disappointment. When I saw the track was called this I thought they would go back to their roots. When it comes to their sound, they did. Despite that the lyrics are so simple and incredibly whiny. The riff is hardly different from the original and overall an average song. 2.5/5
11."Livin' Life (On the edge of a knife)"- Moose simply couldn't be any sexier in this song with his great drum roll to start off the song. This is one of the better songs on the album but still not very great lyrically. They use quite a cliche metaphor for the chorus, but it still is very catchy, and Matt's vocals are pretty good. The bridge is stupid and has no purpose and just shouldn't be in the song. Not a bad finale for the album. 3.5/5
Recommended Tracks: P.O.W, Temper Temper, Saints and Sinners, Livin Life (on the edge of a knife.)