Sound — 9
When I heard about this album coming out I nearly soiled myself and if I knew what I know now, I would have. After recording started and news about recording was released I heard that there were going to be clean vocals which really frightened me. I was afraid that BTA was just going to become another metal band that went soft but after hearing the album my fears were stilled. Alex's vocals are almost operatic and ver progressive. Speaking of progressive, this album is way more progressive than the last one but without sacrificing its metallic brutality. This album is also a lot more focused than the last one and the songs are very catchy. After listening to PoF relentlessly for a week I went back to TD to compare and the first thing I noticed is the improved recording quality. The recording quality of the last album was a bit of a turn-off but Magnusson (producer) really unlocked their potential. There is a lot more synth in this album but it doesn't sound corney. The synthesized orchestral pieces in the background add a lot.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics (quite literally) scream of the Psalms of old. Echoes of Acts in Epoch of War, and Endure is a paraphrase of Psalm 77:1-14. The lyrics are poetic and the imagery is astounding. I find myself just listening to the lyrics and picturing what jason is screaming to me. One thing I didn't like bout the lyrics in this album is that they didn't expand my vocabulary like TD did. Maybe they had too many complaints but I like having to whip out a dictionary to understand a song. I like how each song weaves in the theme of God being a fire in us. The lyrics flow well from song to song and 4 of the songs fit together to tell the story of mankind's struggle with sin. The lyrics are very clear which is nice but I like having to sit and think about a song for hours to figure it out.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is a great album. Some highlights include Immolation, Autopsy, Nocturne, The Monolith, and The Balance of Eternity. BTA is a breath of fresh air in a worlf of no-talent bands who somehow make it big. It's also nice to see a talented Christian band who aren't araid to stand up and gowl from the bottoms of their innards "I love Jesus!" As much as I find this an amazing band and their best album yet I can't quite give it the whole 10. A bit of trivia: does anyone else hear echoes of the Agony Scene's Nausea in Nocturne?