I absolutely loved the first two ASP albums. Sheer brutality, and each song distilled that brutality into a sick breakdown towards the end of the song. Perhaps a bit predictable, but so sweet to my ears. This album moves in a new direction, and several have appreciated the change of pace. I, on the other hand, was disappointed. Like my grandpappy says, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I loved the formula of the previous albums, and this departure leaves me underwhelmed. I feel like every song is a compilation of lighting fast guitar scales, up and down, up and down, never solidifying into the sick breakdowns that made me love this band in the first place. I understand the perspective that bands should push the envelope and try new things, but I would rather listen to the first two albums a thousand times than this one twice in a row. Yeah, it’s different, but at no point do I find myself baring my teeth and bobbing my head, which happens with just about every other track they’ve made.