this album is amazing, insane, and straight up intense. from the first track to the last, you get beat, punched, pounded, kicked, smacked, and blistered with intense metal quality. metalcore, or what not, this album is crazy. the sounds are just intense, lots of high energy riffs, lots of high energy tunes. the melodies come beautiful and at the right time. every track gives you something different with something familiar. you cannot complain. ok, so why the 4 instead of the 5? well, i found some of the slow parts to be a bit TOO cheesy. to me, it was an unfamiliar blend of extremely heavy blanded with some harsh mellow melodies. it just did not come together for me. i think they could have done without the slowing down and melodies. like the song "just barely breathing", when he stops the shouting and the guitars and drums slow down, it just seems to...it just doesn't fit right for me. it was too sudden a stop and too abrupt. but nevertheless, this album is intense, and insanely difficult for mediocre metalheads. you have to love metal, and breath metal to like this album, and i approve of this album. with that said, i would recommend you to just buy it, the parts that bothered me did not murk me enough to NOT buy this album, or NOT listen to it. after five or six rotations, you grow over it, and grow to love it.