This is a well-produced technical death metal album, and I enjoyed listening to it, but there are some things that are a tad gay. The vocals sometimes stray into the high-screeching zone, which is not very masculine. It’s what one would expect to hear from someone who was bitch-slapped. But this is not the only band that features this vocal approach. I don’t know where it started, but it must stop. If vocalists want to show range, then they should learn how to sing. Help end this womanly screeching.
My other gripe is the straying into adult contemporary music. The only reason why I like this is because I also enjoy novelty music, but it gets tiring when it is in almost every song. The bass seems to think it is smooth jazz at times. Again, it’s fun, but it takes me out of the heaviness.
Aside from the gayness, there is a lot to savor on headphones. It is almost dizzying at times for there is a lot going on. Some of the segments are quite rich. This is no simple record, even though there are some moments that have mercy on the ear that tries to follow what is going on. It’s a record that requires repeated listening. I haven’t invested the time for that magical moment of complete familiarity to occur, but I assure you that I will attain that level.