Some people dismiss this album as just mediocre at best. Out of my many metal albums, death metal to thrash, this definately holds a top spot. Geoff Tate’s vocals are so beautiful that he puts to shame most vocalists in his range (besides maybe Bruce Dickinson). The songs are so moving, particularly En Force and the epic brillance of Take Hold of the Flame. The songwriting is excellent, and the guitar work is pretty good as well. Anyone that likes classic metal with good vocals (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Savatage, Armored Saint) will love this album. This was before Queensryche’s Operation:Mindcrime, back when they were just a classic metal band. Non-fans of classic metal might dismiss this as a mediocre album, however. I recommend you give this album a listen and see if it moves you the way it moved me.