To put it lightly, the lead single, “Sound Off” is a bit disappointing; its not bad, but its not good either. The lyrics are about standing up for yourself, which is something that I can get behind, but I feel like the arrangement holds it back a bit. This is a song that could have gone places, maybe even became another “Headstrong”, and yet it becomes just another alt rock song that’s on the radio. It’s definitely a disappointing lead single, because it certainly isn’t the best song on the album.
Overall, the one thing that stands out to me about this album is the feeling I wind up walking away with. Trapt has effortlessly blended inspiring lyrics with dark, alt rock melodies, which is nice considering the wave of pessimistic songs on the radio today. Songs like “End of my Rope,” and “Are You with Me” leave a different impression than anything I’ve heard on a Breaking Benjamin or a Red album. With Chris’s vocals shining through the band’s hard rock riffs, this album consistently delivers solid tracks one after another.
A solid reliease, even if a little bland in spots.