Well, I just heard the full disc. It will easily be one of my favorite releases this year. I may seem biased but honestly I was holding my breath. I wasn't expecting it to be this good. I'm already familiar with a few tracks, so those were no surprise. The first half of the disc is more intense than anything they've released prior. The second half of the album, albeit beautifully composed and intricate, mellows out to a crawl. The song "Second Fear -Another Descendant-" really exceeded my expectations from the preview tracks. Eventhough guitarist Hizaki has a side-project focused on his playing, I was hoping for a few more solos on this disc. Can't wait to hear this stuff live! That's great I think they look splendid and beautiful. In the very least Hizaki is far more than marginal, though that's easier to see in his other band 'HIZAKI grace project'. But I agree, there are plenty of bands I like who aren't "the world's greatest (fill in the blank) band" but if they make music I like then that's good enough for me. Bonus if they look cool while doing it! Call me crazy but I'd rather look at a finely groomed performer in a beautiful costume than a sweaty hairy fat drunk guy in a sleeveless t-shirt :Smug: I've seen enough of the second since that describes about 75% of the bands in my collection Anyway, hope you enjoy! Cheers!