As with all truly great albums I've bought in the past, 'A Shadowplay for Yesterdays' didn't grab me on the first few plays. There's a lot of music in this record, and a great amount of variety in both styles and use of numerous instruments, which takes time to appreciate.
Once you get it though, it's so rewarding. I love everything about this album - the vocals, drumming, guitars, synth work and strings. As an example of the type of music I love (dark and fast, yet played with style and emotion) I think this is a faultless effort. Beautifully dark, with memorable hooks and riffs and epic instrumental sections - and very original.
It's just my opinion of course, but it reminds me of all the best bits of CoF, My Dying Bride, Emperor and Akercocke etc mixed up with Smashing Pumpkins.