I'd like to get an opinion from you guys on this? I got it quite late - just last week but have been listening to it 3 times a day since last Friday.
To start the ball rolling , here's my take:
- Technically impecable as usual. Best-In-Class. I feel this is the best vocal performance of all their albums. Really can hear the raw and suttle vocal techniques.
The drums are more natural but thistime, the kick drums seems to be souped up more during the mix. Also, I wonder if it was a delibrae to over-compress the album during mastering - very heavy breathing - yeah, if you blast it, it really sounds shiok bu I just feel they could have eased up a little on the compression/limiting.
- Artistically - They are running out of ideas and are ripping themselves off - the riff on Root of All Evil - tell me that doesn;t sound a little like Burning My Soul. And the intro to Octavarium- Pink Floyd anyone?
- Emotionally : Still a kik-as album - considering the bulk of 'music' is out there. Solos are lessers and not so much WOW factor but the songs are quite strong - even though it is 'homage' to lotsa other stuffs.
- Most Kik As Song - Panic Attack ( sounds like the musig JP did for Final Fantasy )
I think they peaked at Metropolis II. But hey, it is still lightyears ahead of most 'bands' out there right now.