This album really expands the group musically and goes beyond the simple synth work that permeated the last two albums, especially the first album. It definitely feels like they expanded themselves on this one. Songs like Anointed sound like an electronic version of something AFI would do and it sounds amazing. There's a reason why it was released as the first single off this album. It's a busy song and I mean that in a good way. There's so much to enjoy and discover on each song that it keeps feeling fresh.
A lot of modern synth pop and electronic music tend to look to the past for their sound and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, Blaqk Audio doesn't seem to be afraid of the modern era either. While you're not exactly going to find huge drops or bass wobbles throughout, there are drops they're just a lot more subtle. Songs like Ceremonial (Burst Into Stars) would feel right at home with the modern EDM crowd and that's not a bad thing. This is also electronic music where the vocal work is just as important as the music. It never feels like the vocals are out of place or that they're just there to be there. It doesn't hurt that Davey Havok's voice is especially perfect for something like this.
Electronic music is so over saturated these days that it's hard for any group or band to sound fresh. Most will either look to the past with simple synth and drum beats capitalizing on nostalgia or attempt to have the biggest drop and embrace modern EDM tropes. Blaqk Audio managed to find a balance with Material. While it definitely has a foot in traditional synth pop it's not afraid of modern sounds and it's not afraid to branch out and try new things. The group recently said that this isn't a mere side project from AFI and it really shows with Material. If you are looking for something a bit different in a sea of electronic music Material is exactly what you want.