I've been listening to it the whole week and it's a great album. If you were expecting a new Nevermore album, you won't get it, but you also won't be disappointed. It's probably Warrel's best work since DNB, the vocal lines are extremely well written and executed. There is some place for the vocal (something that clearly lacked in the Nevermore albums of the last decade), and the songs are worth something more than on his solo album. If it were to remind me something, that would be some old Queensryche, due the some vocal lines and some guitar leads. There are some links to the first Nevermore album and to In Memory as well, but not that much. I don't see the musical connection to DNB, apart from the fact it's a concept album. The atmospheres are completely different on both records. Everything after DNB has nothing to do with this record. Regarding the 2 first Sanctuary records, I don't know them as much as I known the Nevermore discography, but I don't see that much connection too. The songs are too slow and too produced for that, in my memory Sanctuary was far more raw than that (both in the writing of the songs and the production). The drums and guitars work really shines out. Beautifully written and very nicely produced. It's been a long time since I did not enjoy a record that much. Probably since The Catalyst 2 years ago, or maybe even further because I like this better. I can't find a song I dislike (apart from the cover of the doors), and my favorites are probably The Year the Sun Died, along with Exitium and Frozen. Although Let the Serpent Follow Me, I Am Low and One Final day are also very great. Arise and Purify and The World is Wired are also great. Ok The whole album is just great.