Actually the drums are 100% real...any samples used were of the actual kit. And productionwise it is NOTHING like anything else coming out today. We made a point of only following the paths we ourselves laid previously. Put on any other Nuclear Blast release and A/B them to this. And of course this album is going to be somewhat similar to "Vast Oceans Lachrymose" in various ways because all of this album was originally meant to be a part of that album to begin with aside from "Finality". That said, it's suprising to hear people on about it being "too much alike" it's predecessor considering most of the world is in shock at how different it is...and in reality it's darker, more aggressive, yet simultaneously harkening back to the early days of WHW. When all is said and done...the album requires numerous listens to fully grasp...it even took many spins for me. But it was Rain that clued me in on what all this really was: the closure of a process that began with "Vast Oceans Lachrymose"; both of these albums stem from the very devastating demise of a romance of mine that left me in the darkest place I'd been in 20 years. When you put the two albums together (as Rain pointed out) it is very clearly the sound of me cycling through the stages of bereavement...a true personal and musical journey into very real emotions. "Vast Oceans Lachrymose" reflects the stages of Shock/Disbelief and Denial (i.e. "Vessel" for example)...whereas "Fear Of Infinity" begins with anger, evolves into despair, and only at the very end reaches acceptance. This is literally what I lived through and I didn't even see it myself until I was on the other side of all this. So perhaps with all of the above in mind both albums will reveal new things and yes, "Fear Of Infinity" definitely requires multiple listens to unlock all of the nuances. In the end this is the album I needed to do to heal and live again. Really sorry some folks are disappointed, but also, this album wasn't made for you...no offense. I appreciate everyone that has taken the time to listen truly and well, if naught else the next album will be totally different just like all of our albums are from each other....though they are different ratios of the same influences....there won't be a dance remix album coming anytime soon....still all about Bathory, early Fates, Epicus Cmass, Kitaro, and Wagner. And probably always will be.