The vocals are so powerful. The songs sound like they were sung by someone who really believes in what he’s saying and that the songs are actually personal experiences being told. That’s what I notice most about this album/band, the sheer authenticity and true emotion that they convey in each song makes fates warning sound ‘heavier’ than the heaviest metal band, (and I like “heavier” metal bands too). Fates crush them all on this album! Of course the excellent drumming and guitars help too! Recommend this and the other Fates Warning CDs ‘88 to present be listened to with good head phones / ear buds.