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Progression, but at a cost
on 29 November 2006
I have a bit of trouble with this album. You can't blame a band for evolving, but the evolution on show here comes from the head not the heart. As a result, although the album is still very Death Metal, the songs are more technical, longer, and over-embellished. The changes of direction within the songs happen too often for a listener to follow without a little concentration.
The lyrical content is sadly more mature too - social comment where it was once blood and splatter.
Chuck has to be applauded for the obvious improvements in the band's technical ability, and for the courage to move direction away from the milestone which was 'Leprosy', but for me this album lacks the simple flow of the first 2 releases, which made them so good.
Certainly a good release, but I don't listen to it much these days, as it's just a bit too hard to easily digest