"It's a modern-sounding version of a heavy Staind record," said Mushok. "It's completely different than the last record [2008's The Illusion of Progress]. It's more of a throwback to where we came from. [But] I don't think there's any rehashed riffs; I definitely think it's fresh."
Mushok went on to say the album, which the band began working on in late 2010, has been difficult to make. "It was a tough one," he said. "And it wasn't even the music or writing it; it's just that there were a lot of things going on, and it made for a long, drawn-out process, it seemed. But I'll tell you what – looking back, now that it's done, I'm really, really happy with it."