On the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th “Making Of” video (incidentally just watched those 3 yesterday) Stanne mentioned that the album was structured and “prepared” before Amott and Johan got to it. He then went on to say it was now up to them to show their skills and take it where they wanted. But I was a little disappointed because I would have preferred both of them to have even deeper and earlier writing input given their experience. Especially Johan since he has such a progressive background, he could take the songs in interesting ways. However, when I listen to Stanne talk his passion for the music, guitars, and metal in general is obvious. He really seems to be deep into the technical details of the instruments and the songs. And sounds like he was really pushing for Amott and Johan to sound “distinct” with their own unique sound. To me that’s a really good sign that even if they didn’t architect the album, the album was written to let them shine. I do like how Phantom Days had that nice 1 minute guitar passage, was hoping to hear more of that on every song. In fact, even longer. Identical to None guitar work is more integrated into the song, doesn’t really stand out as a “solo” but still good.