The album itself starts out with a two minute long intro. I have never been a huge fan of album intros, but this one serves to get the message clear - the band has definitely honed their skills and the musical chops are definitely here! The songwriting is abundantly clear (not that songwriting has ever been an issue with this band).
Once the first true song, Walker Of The Planes kicks in, two more things are apparent. First is the vocal work of Dustin (The Ruinator) Hamel, who has really turned it up a notch with his vocal work. He exhibits a fair amount of power with his vocal performance and his voice seems to be drawing from somewhere deep within. Secondly, the songcrafting is incredible. The writing has taken on a whole new level and you could tell that this foursome have given it their all and really come together as a unit on this release.
With tracks such as Diamond Cross, the retooled Reduced To Nothing, Overclocking, Purging Existence and the aforementioned Walker Of The Planes as certifiable instant metal classics, and a no filler approach (I dare you to find something on here that won't get your head and feet moving), this CD just goes from strength to strength. Artwork (great job by Noel Puente), production, it is all here...the heavy metal total package!!
Coming out late in November via Slaney Records, everyone else will soon see that this is indeed a gem that is definitely worth adding to your collection of precious metals!! a definite must buy!!
\m/ 9 \m/