Sound — 8
This album at first sounds weak compare to the brute force of Archetype and the confident boom of Digimortal, but repeated listens will reveal a depth of sonic experimentation which sits comfotably within the FF stable. Tracks 1 and 3, and particularly Millenium (which I rate at possibly the best thing they've ever done, maybe) vibrate with a caustic fizz of energy, a band realising it's independance from mainstream metal.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are timely and deep. Thoughtful eminations from a complex mind. Wouldn't you like to sit Burton C Bell down foe a 30min 1 on 1 sometime? His range ever increasing, and his vision extraordinary, BCB is ferocious and at the same time a delecate sculpture of solid marble.
Overall Impression — 8
Better than Archetype? Yes. Better than Digimortal? Nope. Better than Demanufacture? I would ay it's an equal. Some weaker tracks late on let the side down, but by then you're bludgeoned into submission anyhow! I would recommend it for any metalhead. Give it a try.