I'm halfway in and I really missed the "crisp/clarity" and punchiness of his kit... but for some reason it's working for me the more I listen. The whole mix is much darker, much like the music. They've really pushed themselves on writing/structure, this album is fantastic. :yesway:Updated original postal with link to stream.
I'm through my first listen, but, like with Sound Awake, it's going to be many more listens before I'll be able to pin this album down. My initial general impression is that this is a different animal than the previous albums, which may just be what being a progressive band is all about. So far, my favorite tracks are Nachash and We Are.
While I'll need more time to get a hang of the songs, I'm not so certain further listening is going to help change my mind on the production. Steve Judd is an absolutely stellar drummer, but there are times when I feel the recording and/or mixing doesn't adequately complement his playing. They went with a different producer and mixer this time around, so it's natural that the style is different, but I can't help but feel Forrester Savell, who produced and mixed the two previous albums, would have been a better match, with his more direct and punchy drum sounds.
That's all subjective, though, and may be contrary to what the band wanted. Then again, maybe not, as it may be that they entered the studio without any particular preconceptions of what the final album should sound like.
I think the new sound works for some songs (We Are in particular), but a song like The Refusal seems to call for something, well, more of the in-your-face variety. I don't necessarily have in mind the kind of production that was on Sound Awake, where the snare drum was always really in there and slammin' through the mix, but I feel that the sound of the new record could sometimes really benefit from having just a bit of that.I'm halfway in and I really missed the "crisp/clarity" and punchiness of his kit... but for some reason it's working for me the more I listen.