Pretentious lyrics, mediocre metal
I was hoping to like this, and it's not all bad - there's some solid guitar work (though it's easy to miss, since the mix of the album is pretty bad), and the singing is better than previous albums. But lyrically, it's pretentious to the point of parody, as if someone gave their lyricist a rhyming dictionary of multisyllabic words with no definitions to write philosophical poems in a remedial English class (if you think I'm exaggerating or being unfair, look up the lyrics to "Ideomotor" and decide for yourself Or "Lonely Solipsist." Or, well, any of them, except "Everyone wants you (dead)," which is more of a teenage temper tantrum). Note, I'm not saying I dislike the lyrics because they're too intellectual; I'm saying they're a pathetic attempt to sound intellectual, big words chosen almost at random but devoid of substance.