I just got my pre-order copy direct from the USA, and I'm blown away, and am in ecstacy with the quality of this album. I loved Beautiful Tragedy, but this is a step up, and surely this band are going to get the exposure they richly desreve on the back of this.
Marias voice is sublime throughout, she sings much more on this album, but one or two tracks still feature her face melting screams.
It really is hard to pick out fav tracks as seriously they are all of the highest quality, but if I'm pushed it has to be in no particular order
Forever, Her Kiss , The Great Divide & Violet Skies of the rock tracks, and the two ballads Into The Light & The Dream ( something almost Strawberry Fields esque about it !!!!) are absolutely wonderful.
If there is any justice in the world this will be regarded in years to come as a Classic Album by the Rock/Metalcore Genre.
In my opinion NOTHING will stop this being the release of 2008 or perhaps even the decade. Go buy it, be in at the beginning of this bands rise to super stardom.....