well, despite the average reviews being just that, average based on this band's previous/first release, i personally will say i have never heard of this band before the singles from this record, and i really enjoyed the two i heard, and this morning i decided to give the whole thing a listen since it was trending, and was genuinely blown away by how amazing it sounded! as i said, i have no prior bias to base this album on. and this album may not be by-the-book metalcore or phc to most but i've learned something great in my experience over the past 5 years of truly admiring the genres and exploring bands old and new. it's that both have really changed in terms of the characteristics and dynamics that make them up, and this album is one prime example of that statement. i could tell this band really wanted to break the mold with this one, and they succeeded greatly! they aren't trying to be typical to their genre, or clone another band's sound, and i think if people really take heart in this endeavor the band pursued, they may appreciate the artistic edge this band used to make this album as smoothly flowing, powerful, emotional, and masterful as it is.