There's so much material, so many ideas in every song that your average Simon C. would make an album of each one. Simon, that's not a compliment...
Mr Lucassen can blend and bend the musical styles at will without forcing one upon another... and upon the listner. The final product is as smooth and as challenging as it can be to take in, it's one piece alloy rather than a compound.
Lyrics wise, it's a mixed cup, but it has to be since you've got so many characters and moods and circumstances. And they're mixed very well. Day Three: Pain lyrics are breathtaking.
"We lead, we hide as the pain leaves the rage inside
(Motion personified alpha)
Being here, welcomed by...a sane mind
A travelled lie..."
But you really need to here it to appreciate it: Rage is rage, but when you hear it sung in death metal grunt... it takes you away.
Do I need to say more?
OK, I will. Instrumentation is excellent, production world-class... It beggars belief it's work of ONE man who works in his home studio. Take that, Simon... we know you can't.