First off,The sonic quality of this Disc is off the charts good!The song writing here is more accessible and melodic than the last one(Casting the stones).I do miss Guitar virtuoso/maestro Chris Broderick as well,How can anyone top a talent like him? But the new/old guy Christian Laseque is a fine shredder himself!The drums are out of this world awesome,this is clinic on how drums should be done on a melodic power metal disc!!!!(I wish he was my drummer!!)Tasty well timed stabs and fills,odd timing, always keeping it interesting.And amazing drum sound and tone!! Enough of that plain simplistic and endless double bass drum monotony from most power metal bands.Great vocals as usual,with good range and melody.It was a great surprise to see this new disc from JP.If you are a fan of them this is a must have!I would say this is there 3rd best, behind only Thane To The Throne,and Mechanized Warfare.Buy it and listen LOUDLY!!! American Power metal is still alive and Kicking!!!