These guys are very talented, I'll give them that. However, this album just feels a little stale for them. The first thing I noticed were all the songs are pretty much the exact same overall tempo. This makes for a repetitive and predictable listening experience. The other thing I noticed was how dependent they've become on keyboards and programming. There's so much of it on this album it's almost becoming its own cliche within the band. A caricature of sorts. Example, there's a particular song on here that starts out with what I swore to be Batman theme music. I'm serious. I know they're going for this epic metal stuff but that in itself makes it that much more corny. They can write songs without relying so much on this, we all saw that on New Reign. That's what made New Reign so heavy and devastating. It's stripped down and balls to the wall. They're just not tapping into what made them so good in the first place. If "epic" supermetal is your thing though, this one's all yours.