I first got into SP when Messiah came out. The band or the label or someone had posted an MP3 of Vengeance Attained. Despite already being a huge John Arch fan, I was pretty damn sure the first two lines were sung by a woman. But anyway, I bought the album, loved it, but I didn't follow the band too closely, and next thing I knew Rick was out and there were split rumors and a period of dormancy and... I came across the Tree of Knowledge video a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the video (even though it wasn't as unintendedly hilarious as the new Evergrey video), but the song struck me as mediocre. I checked out 666 is Everywhere and same story there. I was skeptical so I downloaded a full MP3 rip of the album somewhere. After one listen, I was blown away, deleted the MP3s and quickly ordered the Limited Edition. I highly recommend the LE, by the way--the digibook is very nice and it feels good to buy a properly accompanied album in a time when a lot of physical distributions of discs (especially true of video games) is bare-bones. I find Omniscient reminiscent of Messiah, but quite a bit more experimental with a number of risks taken (which totally pay off). Some stand-outs in ascending order: -When I Remake the World which is more traditionally power metal-esque, but with a very hectic and cool verse riff (Take No Prisoners?). -Trickery of the Scourge, of course, which reminds me of Ides of March. I can't imagine any Steel Prophet fan not liking this one a lot. -Funeral for Art was initially my favorite. What can I say? Everything about this song is great. Completely unexpected tempo change toward the end which is just badass. -Through Space and Time: This one builds brilliantly all the way to the end and the layering isn't excessively heavy or muddy, but very organic and psychedelic with complex rhythms. In fact, it nearly triggers some flashbacks. Also, the drums: I'm a guitarist, so when a song forces me to concentrate on the drums, I consider it an impressive feat. I haven't been quite that sucked into the drums in a song since Bobby Jarzombeck's on Arch/Matheos's "Any Given Day". This track is just exceptionally well-produced. This isn't really a review. I just wanted to catch the attention of anyone else who wasn't particularly taken by the two singles released thus far. They're not bad songs by any means and are growing on me, and I realize I may not be the target audience for them, but there's a great diversity of styles and sounds found in Omniscient and digging deeper is necessary to discover that.