Let me start by saying that I am a huge Chimaira fan and I own everything they've ever done.
I couldn't wait for this album to arrive, as with all other Chimaira releases, and was preparing to be blown away by the follow-up to their awesome album, The Infection. I have followed them from the very beginning and have enjoyed watching them mature and really develop their sound. I honestly think every album has been an improvement on the last, and the songwriting has become more intelligent and powerful... until now.
I know the band has been through some hard times and lost most of their original members but this album just comes across as rushed and a bit lazy to be honest. Most of the songs don't even sound like Chimaira to me, and the ones that do wouldn't even qualify as filler on their previous albums. There's no complexity in the songwriting and even the vocals (Mark Hunter has always been a favourite) are weak.
I know bands need to change their style a bit and don't want to release the same album over and over but this is a sad departure from the direction they were headed in and I just hope they can get back on track for the next album.