There's a touch of Swim about the ropes intro. I don't think this album is going to be ANYTHING like A Sense Of Purpose, everything from this has so far made me say "wow" in a way that the ASOP tunes never (or very rarely) did. When it came out I was into it because it was the first In Flames album released since I became a fan, but even as I wanted to support it I was let down. First of all by The Mirror's Truth... I thought the chorus was "we aren't even trying" and I agreed, I could hear none of the elements of what made me a fan of the band, but still I clung to hope. Enjoying a few sections like the harmonised acoustics on Alias or the low growls on March to the Shore. I remember listening to Condemned after hearing it would sound like old In Flames and being bitterly disappointed... Mainly because of the absence of melody in a largely riff-based album. Deliver Us is the track on this album I'm least excited about and even that sounds WAY more like the In Flames I love than anything on ASOP, the twin-lead just after the solo is better musically than pretty much anything on ASOP. The other two songs just blow my mind, see I have no problem with IF "progressing" and trying new things when they do it well, I think Metaphor is an amazing song, "Evil in a Closet" gives me goosebumps, even though I think The Jester Race is their best album. SOAPF and A New Dawn are just stunning and don't give off any vibe of being half-assed or out of touch whatsoever, I'm fine if Ropes has completely clean vocals if the music remains of the quality of the intro. What's important here is that I feel In Flames are stepping up to the plate in a way that they haven't been consistently able to do in a long time and being prepared to make a thing of beauty. I think we could all agree that from Subterranean-Clayman the albums were all works of art. After that, in my opinion they haven't really been... there've been really great songs, but they've produced a patchwork of hits and misses. What I hope for SOAPF and what I've been thinking from hearing these samples is that we might just have another whole work of art on our hands. Fingers crossed.