Sound — 8
This is straight-up, high quality death metal. I love it when bands successfully pay homage to an older style of metal and even manage to advance it some, when other artists have long since abandoned hope (or died.) Fans of Death, Opeth, and earlier Edge of Sanity will be very, very pleased. ..not to say that it's perfect. The keyboards have a sci-fi quality that is a little too "today" for an effort whose stylistic influences date back to 1989. Still, the sound is brutal, and if you can get used to those keyboards you won't be disappointed.
Lyrics — 10
Once again the album is comprised of one single song, broken in 44 individual tracks. The lyrics are a prosaic poem by Clive Nolan and continue in the dark themes of the previous "Crimson" effort.
Overall Impression — 10
Awesome! This thing will please any metalhead who can appreciate something where the blast beat doesn't continue unabated for 50 straight minutes. Sorry, no corpsepaint, either, but if you like old-fashioned metal, you will be happy. It is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Schuldiner, and is definitely worthy of that honor. We'll miss you Chuck!