After hearing the first song released from the album, 'Clarity,' I wasted no time in pre-ordering the album; I was not in the least bit disappointed. From the opening track onwards, each and every song has been expertly written, with some of the most interesting and bewildering guitar lines as well as some of the best vocals Protest have released this album is a 'must have' for any fan of the band. With the departure of Moe Carlson I (among others) was eager to hear how well Chris Adler lived up to his predecessor, and again was not disappointed, the drums were neither to simple nor too overpowering, anyone who has Adler pegged as a simple 'tub thumper' should rethink their views. And of course Arif's bass lines are again, a joy to hear. My only criticism is that there is little variation in the texture and feel of the songs, though the brief interludes in songs like Mist go along way to keep the album from becoming boring. I would highly recommend this release to any fan of progressive and melodic metal styles.