I bought their first CD when it came out a while back. I really love it - one of my favorite CDs - heavy, creative and melodic - some like to classify this as Alternative, while others put it into the Progressive Rock catergory - maybe a fusion of the two, as long as it's good, I don't care what you call it - but their follow up effort - Mute - has been a disapointment. Maybe it's too much to expect that a second follow up effort be as good as their first, but I really don't like this CD. It goes more into the metal phase of their music and is often disjointed with awkward transitions that sound more like someone trying to slam a square peg into the proverbial round hole - a lot of this CD comes off as noise to me. The first CD flowed and had great bridge transitions, choruses, killer guitar work and outstanding vocals. Mute goes where the first CD didn't - and that wasn't good. The vocals sometimes aren't intelligable - not even heavy metal snarl, but almost the death metal sounding - irritating would be a better description. The guitar work is often off-key intentionally - maybe they thoguht that was experimentation - I find it...well, again, irritating. Overall, I wish I didn't buy this CD. I still like the band - even the best bands sometimes put out a stinker and for me, I think this may very well be their stinker. If you liked their first CD, check this out out first and see what you think by previewing the tracks here - I should've paid closer attention. I found another band that is somewhat similar who recently issued their second CD which is a much better effort - check out Abigail's Ghost - they're similar sounding and seem to be able to repeat success - not to the point where it gets boring - just good, real good - not like Mute. Maybe number 3 will get back to good.