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How different it is depends on your age!
on 10 May 2007
I bought this album, based on the recommendations on the Amazon site and was glad that I did. As there are several other reviews, I will attempt not to repeat other comments, but will probably fail in that!
I have found it a real "journey" of an album - you do not get the standard, "chorus - verse - chorus - verse" song structure that you get with most other bands. Can you sing along to it? Well not for me after 6 or so listens! Does it challenge you musically? Definitely. What sort of music is it? Prog metal? Well, in my opinion Yes, Marillion, Tangerine Dream, et al fit into that space; and if you really like them you might well struggle with this album.
I started seriously collecting music in the 80s and 3 bands keep coming back when I play this album - Skyclad, Sepltura and Sabbat.
If you dig this album, then check out - Skyclad's Wayward Sons of Mother Earth, Sepltura's Roots and Sabbat's History of a Time to Come. I always end up playing those albums soon after and the links are the strongest I have found.
Based on that, I would contend that if you need some form of label, Speed, Industrial, Thrash would probably loosely fit. There was a phase in these genres in the early 90s when the challenge was just to play as fast as possible and ignore the lyrics/melody/meaning (pick 1 or all!) completely. This is definitely not the case here. Take the melody in Colony of Birthmen (track 7). It makes me want to pick up a guitar every time - but that could be dangerous whilst driving, so I refrain...
I have got something different after each listen and I suspect that I will continue to get something even after 50 listens.
Money well spent in that case, in my book!