Sound — 8
The Human Abstract has changed quite a bit since Nocturne. They're not shredding as much, they're not as heavy, and have become a bit more progressive with Midheaven. Even though they cut down on the shredding, there's still quite a bit (a lot is actually done by Dean, unlike Nocturne), one of the best parts, in my opinion, is about 4 minutes into Breathing Life Into Devices. One of the things that killed me when I finished this album is the fact that there is no classical influence anymore, which is one of the reasons I started listening to them. I liked the addition of a keyboardist, though. He does add a more "epic" atmosphere, but he has no solos, which I was expecting.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very well written, each song has several different meanings. The album is supposed to be concept album about the cycles that man goes though and has gone though throughout history. You can tell that Nathan put a lot of work and a lot of time into these lyrics. His singing is a bit different than Nocturne, there's more variety in Midheaven. There's not as much screaming on Midheaven, but there's the addition of low growls. A lot more of the clean singing seems MTV approved, but still good.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is different that Nocturne; I don't think it's quite as good, but defiantly worth buying. My favorite songs are Breathing Life Into Devices, Clam in the Chaos and Counting Down the Days. The only thing I don't like about this album is the loss of the classical influence. Every member of this band is extremely talented, and it can be heard throughout Midheaven. If this album were stolen or lost I would be very upset as every member of the band has already signed it, but I already downloaded on my computer so I wouldn't need to buy another copy.