Let's not beat around the bush, this album is going to hit your eardrums like a Muay-Thai spinkick to the face. It's an outright beast, snapping just at the end of its lead, ready to literally tear your face off.
Lofty analogies, these, and yet appropriate, for this album is easily one of the best of the decade. The band have a solid instrumental foundation - all players have great technical ability and know when to use it and when to kick back - and coupled with Will Clapp's incredible pipes (on par with Jesse Leach and Alissa White-Gluz), you've got something really special.
Opening with 'Hedonist', the band immediately show what they're about - speedy drumming, technical riffing and epic choruses that, despite following the 'metalcore formula' are anything but formulaic, and heighten the experience. The lyrics are of great quality as well, especially the none-too-true subject matter of 'Dying Art'. Other standouts include 'Singularity', 'By Apathy Undone' and instrumental 'The Ashes Of Faith'. In fact the only negative to this album is that on the final track the snare drum has been almost mixed out of audible range, but it's a minute quibble on a disc as incredible as this.
Sad then that rumours about of the band's demise - but don't let that put you off; if a band were to do just one album, then one of this quality will do me just fine!