When you're lucky enough to a) have a respectable career doing stuff you were playing in mom's basement 20 years ago, b) have a relatively hot modern rock producer (Rush/Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz) who is a fan of your band, and c) you can still play ferociously, you've got to take stock and take thanks to the muse. For anyone who hasn't checked in since the respectable 2004 opus _Art of Dying_, here's what you should expect: everything is better. As if you didn't expect quality - these guys - through other incarnations such as The Organization and Swarm, have always remained true to the basic mission, even if they've made slight tweaks to the presentation. Its hard to imagine any fan of true metal not giving respect to tight little twisters like the screaming "Carnival Justice," with its blues-funk breakdown twisting to an improbably good Cavestany solo, or the electronically-tweaked monster "God vs. God," which crashes down all old-school anthemic into an absolutely ripping percussion/psychadelic guitar breakdown that sounds like Incubus in a good way, winding its way briefly through the middle east before stopping to kick into the best thrash shout breakdown you've ever heard. The songwriting vs the last album is more confident, experienced, diverse and multidimensional. Musical surprises abound, like the steady, slinky mid-paced drive of "Soulless," or the masterfully woven acoustic Floydian overtones on epic closer "Resurrection Machine." Credit Raskulinecz for once again knowing just how to wring the best performances out of his band, challenging them without being domineering or unhelpful. (If you think a good producer is just a mindless knob twister, try watching Raskulinecz riling up old stick-in-the-mud fuddies like Rush, on the Rush special edition of _Snakes and Ladders_). Oh and by the way, its officially time to stop harping on Oseguda, because he absolutely rips. No longer an undisciplined shrieker, he has a command over his voice that is integral to this band's sound. Not only is there a single bad track on this album, i'll be darned if this album isn't every bit as good, maybe even better, than anything in their catalog. Seriously. It shreds that hard.