I'm hoping we might get this forum going for a bit now that the new album finally is out - I KNOW I'm not the only one here who wants to see some new posts and threads when they check the CM forum occasionally. So, the most obvious thing to discuss right now is NINE. What are people's thoughts regarding this shiny new disc of smoking hot melodic prog metal? IMO the album is quite good. Amazing, in fact. I haven't been very impressed with my other "favorite" bands lately - Dream Theater and Opeth's latest albums are far from their best, and the lack of anything from Porcupine Tree leaves me wanting some GOOD new metal to sink my teeth into. At first, I was skeptical. I was afraid my tremendous expectations was going to leave me unable to enjoy the new experience, but this fear vanished completely when I started "Forging" on my iPod. I immediately fell into that amazing state of mind I get into whenever I listen to CM. The small samples from the previous records made me smile, as comprehension dawned; the next Circus Maximus album was finally here. The first "FUCK YEAH! " moment I had with NINE was 1:17 in "Architect of Fortune". This passage told me to relax, because they were still the same band, with the same kick ass music. And I was not disappointed with the rest of the album. Some pop-ish songs, some really heavy, groovy 5-minute tunes, and some long prog monsters, the latter being my favorite types. Now, a month later (today in fact, haha) I can only say that this album is all I was hoping for. They've changed, matured in a really healthy way. It's not good for a band to make the exact same type of record over and over (*cough*DT*cough), so I'm happy that I can hear the difference both musically and technically, yet say with certainty that it's Mats, Truls and the rest of the gang playing. Listing a few favorite moments from NINE: Favorite vocal line: Chorus in Architect of Fortune. Worthy mention: Muse-ish verse in Burn After Reading. Guitar riff: Burn After Reading/Game of Life (you know wich ones I'm talking about) Solo: Mats' guitar solo in The Last Goodbye. Sounds like the guitar is crying. Amazing stuff right there. Drum passage/break: 4:00-4:30 in Burn After Reading Overall favorite song: Burn After Reading, without a doubt.