Okay, although the album is not supposed to be "officially" released until May 3rd, but I ended up buying a digital copy from Mindawn (in FLAC) and burned it to CD so I can give it a proper listen on my big Klipsch rig (RF-7s with B&K components) How I even found this thing? While listening to Pandora Radio, I heard a track from another band (Atlantis) from their album Pray for Rain that I really liked, so I tried to seek out the album. As a result, I ended up on that Mindawn site, where I did also by that Atlantis album (which, BTW, is really good). However, wanting to explore the site a bit and seeing what else they have, I noticed that our friends here, Odin's Court, where the "Featured Artists"! So, out of curiosity, I had to go see what was said about them. Well, lo-and-behold, look what we have here! The brand-spanking-new Human Life in Motion album, in its entirety, and in glorious, lossless FLAC on top of that! So, a $9 and 450 meg or so download, and a 15-cent CD-R blank later, I got this thing playing on my high-end Klipsch rig! Holy friggan crap! Is this even the same Odin's Court??!!?? This album is just absolutely STUNNING! I thought they put out an excellent album with Deathanity, but this one is just that much more incredible! Admittedly, they did dial down a bit on the technical aspects of the music, much more so than what is heard on Deathanity. I personally really like this more melodic take myself, but still leaving in quite a bit of the complexity that I would expect from Odin's Court. Matt has really improved quite a bit in the vocal department since when I first heard him sing. Has Matt been taking vocal training? The rest of the band just sounds incredible overall. The guitar work is just so friggan tight. The keyboards just add that extra nice touch of "pizzazz" to the music, without sounding overbearing. The drumming it really awesome as well. I do recall Rick telling me that John had a heck of a time learning this material as it was pretty difficult from a drumming stand-point. Seems like he really hit if off, as it just sounds awesome here. Not only that, the sound quality is incredible! God, I wish I could get the damn band here at my place and let them all just hear it on my rig! The sound quality is really clean, with no hint of compression that I could hear. Every instrument is given its proper space and nobody is over powering anybody else. I'll have to get a 'proper' review to Snowy Owl on his "Rising Forces USA" site for this. My first impression is that I am utterly blown away at what I am hearing here. This is definitely, by far, the best output that I've heard come out of Odin's Court. They have really come a long ways from the days of ReDriven by Fate. I mean - Wow!! I am so looking forward to going out there on May 7th. Of course, even though I have this digital copy, I do fully intend on buy the actual CD itself as I'd really like to have this in physical form, with all the artwork, lyrics, etc (there will be Lyrics - right Mat?). Friggan awesome job done here! I am fully impressed! I'll have to break out my copy of Deathanity again as well as it has been a little while since I spun that one. EDIT - of course, seems no Odin's Court album is complete without throwing in Ye Olde "Ode to Joy"