Clearly one of their best albums yet. Though i do like 'Waking the Fallen' the most out of the three, i still like this album just as much. Doing away with the screaming was a nice touch, seeing as Shadows has a great voice, though i do miss the occasional mixing of screaming and clean vocals that they did on 'Waking the Fallen' but hey what can ya do? The aspect i like most about this cd is the guitar solos. Especially in 'Bat Country', 'Strength of The World', and 'M.I.A'. Synyster and Zacky together are truly one of the most dynamic guitar duos i've ever heard. Listening to the drumming on this cd seems less powerful then their previous albums but it's still just as good, especially in 'Sidewinder' and 'Blinded in Chains'. Listening to 'Sounding The Seventh Trumpet' all the way to 'City of Evil', it's obvious these guys have finally found their sound, and let me tell you, it's definitely working for them. At least in my opinion. Say all you want about this band sucking because they dont scream, so what? They surely haven't lost their edge, they've just found their real musical talent and what they feel they can do best. Nonetheless this is a GREAT cd and i recommend it for every DIEHARD A7X fan. However if you like the pure screaming style i'd go with 'Sounding the Seventh Trumpet', but if you like clean vocals and guitar solos that'll blow your mind away i'd definitely go with this cd. 5 stars easily.