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★★★★ This is the most emotionally complete prog metal album of the year. As was the case with the band’s debut album, Soen continue to wear their Tool and APC influences on their sleeves with this followup. But the overall sound is more nuanced now, more fleshed out and dynamic. (You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a lost Opeth album, in fact.) The result is a sumptuous album, anchored by Joel Ekelof’s steady and plaintive vocals, but broad in its moods and messages. Listenable, surprising, sublime.