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★★★★ This is a hard-hitting technodeath triumph, and sets a high bar for any other progressive metal in 2016. Unlike recent examples from other technodeath staples, this album does a better job in offering a (relatively) diverse musical palette, at times evoking Death, BTBAM, The Faceless, and Gorguts. Every song feels substantial without being overlong (even the 15-minute closer “Weltseele”). Every musician in the band turns out brilliant performances, of course, but the biggest star here is the matured songwriting. That this career high watermark comes after a 50% roster change 18 months ago only emphasizes how much of an achievement this album is.