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5.0 out of 5 stars
My album of 2005, 30 Oct 2006
You can't fault these Canadian youngsters for ambition. In the space of a few years, they transformed themselves from a straightforward political punk band into a highly technical metalcore act, and the product is a three-part concept album of very high quality.
The standard of instrumental playing is high throughout, although the production sometimes means the bass is a little hard to hear, but it's the vocals (almost all clean) which set PtH aside from the rest of their genre. The most striking case is the sing along passage at the end of 'Turn Soonest to the Sea' - for me at least, this was definitely a case of reaching for the rewind button again and again. Others may hate it, but that's music. The standout tracks on the album all feature memorable vocal melodies - 'Heretics and Killers', 'She Mars the Skin of Gods' and 'Blindfolds Aside' are the best for me. Add some acoustic passages and a female vocalist (not the best) to the mix and you have the album.
Bottom line: if you like technical metalcore (Between the Buried and Me etc) and can tolerate clean vox, or if you like 'emo' vocal melodies but long for some more intricate song structure and technical playing, this album's well worth a listen.