Sound — 9
Progressive Rock brought to a new height, very epic-ish sound and very technical playing from all around the band. Many different techniques are brought to this album, and the sound brought by 7 string guitar player Travis Levrier, 8 string guitar player Chris Letchford ( whom has a bitchin' guitar... ), bass player Jordan Eberhardt and drummer Pat Skeffington reminds me a tiny bit of BTBAM's clean sections ( the sound at the end of Selkies is a good example ). This band's theme is mainly just natured based, which also comes out in their songs, you can really hear the connection between the sound of the song to the name of the song. One word I could use to describe this type of music would just be "beautiful". I reckon if they tour with Explosions In The Sky, and perhaps even the like of Godspeed and Sigur Ros, the show would be immense. This record is a step-up from "Monument", way more organized and brought forward professionaly.
Lyrics — 8
This band is instrumental ( and damn well should stay that way ) and therefore cannot be thoroughly investigated, but it can be said that the names of the songs sound quite interesting and are at correlation with the band's theme, which is nature. Examples are " Sargasso Sea ", "Glacial Planet" and "City In The Sky". The title of the album isn't particularly that interesting, but I guess it goes well with their theme and album cover. I can also add that the lead guitar work from the 8 stringed beauty could be implemented as a voice in the band, as it really brings out the atmospheric music into epic music.
Overall Impression — 8
I will rate this album a 8 simply because I know they can do a tad better than this record. Don't get me wrong, this album is indeed fantastic and anybody who enjoy progressive music and technical guitar work should listen to it, but it seems to me that all of the songs on the album are all about the same tempo, which is pretty slow and from time to time a bit faster ( City In The Sky especially ). I want to see this band come forward with their total potential, some more fast paced music as well as their usual slow tempo. All of the songs on this album are all great, there isn't a weak link there. "The Great Plains", "City In The Sky" and "Glacial Planet" are probably my favorite 3 songs from this band. If this record were to be stolen from me, I would buy it again. This band is also very very young, and therefore I look very much forward to a new record from them in a few year's time.