Hmm...I do agree that this album is a bit hit-and-miss. I thought the album did pick up some steam towards the end though with "The Carrion" and "Veins." Though the band was known more for atmosphere than lyrical content, the lyrics here...meh. The sound was top notch, but I felt the lyrics were a step back (excluding "Burn" which was a personal song for Powell). Not a great album, but definitely not bad either.