I caught Votum earlier this year supporting Riverside and I really enjoyed their set even though the sound was terrible. I too a punt and picked up this album afterwards and was really pleasantly surprised because although I thought it would be good the sound on this record is superb and shows some real class. It is pretty heavy at times but there are also real moments of beauty and with delicate acoustic passages and plenty of ambient interludes. The songs themselves contain lots of unexpected twists and turns which keeps them all really interesting. The musicianship is great with the drummer in particular impressing throughout. This is probably an album that would appeal to those who like modern progressive metal from the likes of Rush, Porcupine Tree, Opeth and, of course, Riverside. My only reservation about the album is the singing - I've listened to it a lot now and I've probably got used to it, but when I first heard the album there were times when I would cringe. It's not like the singing is out of tune or anything, but to my ears the delivery just doesn't always seem to fit the music. I'll be very interested to see where the band go next.