Kind of an aside but I don't really get this bit -older heavy songs like Inferno still did have harsh vocals, and newer heavy songs still have the clean vocals. It's not like he suddenly went from all clean singing to all harsh. I agree that having clean vocals doesn't make something less "metal" and I greatly prefer having more clean vocals, I just don't get the examples. Anyway Paradise Lost is possibly my favourite Symphony X album - I don't dislike it at any rate. So me saying The End Of Innocence sounds like more of the same isn't me being overly critical. Personally I'm happy with more of the same quality, since I think their heavy metal songs, their softer songs and their epics are of roughly the same caliber from DWOT onwards (in fact the heavy metal songs probably get better as they go on). The only problem I might have is that I think they will have too few epics and softer songs and too many heavy metal ones. tl;dr - Clean-vocal-Symphony X and harsh-vocal-Symphony X are both as good now as they always were, I just would prefer more focus clean-vocal-Symphony X.