I have been listening to Trivium for a long time and I have never really hated any of their albums (I know many disliked "The Crusade" so much they stopped listening to them). Still, the albums have never really blown me away too much since the likes of "Ember to Inferno", "Ascendancy" and "Anthem" and this one is not much an exception.
The sound to this album is still not as hard as their original three that truly launched their careers, but it is by no means a bad one because of that. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5 rather than just 3, but I do not see an option to do that.
Either way, despite this, one thing I have always liked about Trivium is their lyrics (which is why the sound of "The Crusade" did not bother me all that much) and I do really like the lyrics to most of the songs in this album.
That being said, rack 12 is undoubtedly the best in my mind (I do believe you have to get the special edition for that though) and the album overall is not a bad buy for a Trivium fan, but that's just one long time fan's opinion and may not weigh that much in the broad scheme of things.