Bart D. : My colleague was happy with the progression Vangough made with their previous album. While the extra lead guitarist is out of the picture again, I fully agree that this band knows how to write material that has power and breathing room at the same time. I also think the vocals of Clay Withrow are just as expressive as they should be here. So what's keeping Vangough from being a great progressive metal act? It's not the very obvious Gildenlow-worship. It is, though, the lack of adventurous compositions.
Already at first listen, every twist and turn is audible from miles ahead. This isn't always a bad thing, but in these quite long compositions it creates a lack of tension. What is missing, is some intricacy. The songs just plough forward, never allowing you to enter another world with them. So, what is missing, is the magic. This is not meant as harsh criticism, and I do recommend giving it a listen, because you might just love what you hear. Think a more straightforward progressive metal bass-drums-guitar-vocals version of Pain Of Salvation.