Putting aside the fact how I absolutely love Come Clarity, I can see what you mean about Anders' voice. That is one of the reasons why I cant really stand ASOP for more then 3 songs in a row, even though I really like his vocal lines on CC, especially when Reflect the Storm comes to mind. They are just quite differently produced, and vocal tone/colour is quite different. It just sometimes works, sometimes not so much. But I must say that they amazed me how they sounded live when I heard them 2 years ago. All the ASOP songs work really well in live situation, guitars have that live rawness, and Anders uses growling and screaming a lot more than on the album. So for all those people who say his voice is cracking and that he cant growl/scream decently any more, you are absolutely wrong. I completely agree with the last paragraph of your post though, I said that exact thing on the previous page. If they recorded ASOP with the TJR production quality, all the haters would probably start talking how awesome they again are Regarding Sonic Syndicate - I liked their first album, even though it, in my humble opinion, didnt have any real value, depth or atmosphere, which are the most important things when it comes to music for me. But the songs were decent enough. Everything after it is bleak at best, especially the last album which would work better as a soundtrack for some porn than as a modern rock album (which it really is, since they officialy are done with any metal elements in their sound). Just my $0.02.