This is definitely my favorite album of the year, great album flow and progression. Great contrast in vocals, ranging from aggressive growls to cleans that can be beautiful and just as aggressive as the growls. Effective use of melody and instrumentation in the guitar, bass, drums, vocals, synth/keyboard and strings. The mix and production is great, you can hear everything and this album has my favorite drum sound ever. The atmosphere brought on by the production, the strings, the samples and the large drum sound give this album depth and texture.
All this with the great lyrical content and album theme really push the boundaries of music in general, I would say this is there best album since Precambrian. A must buy for fans of the band, or artists such as Isis, Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, Intronaut, Neurosis, Tool and Mastodon.