Do you think there could be life out there in the universe besides us? Do you believe that perhaps separate and unbeknownst to us civilizations rise from the dust or other primordial elements from the host planet and fade back into oblivion over and over? What is it all for? Is this some experimented conducted at the grandest of levels? Will we ever meet these distant places, or shall we pass as strangers in time? What if they master technology and send robotic manifestations of themselves out to meet what lays beyond? If we shed our carbon based structures could we do this, drifting through the universe and perhaps mixing with what we may find? Will we create a new civilization only for it to inevitably fall again? What happens as galaxies drift beyond the detectable range and we are alone? If what goes up must come down, does that mean the last bastion of intelligence shall one day fall back into the sea like a sand castle on a beach?
I never thought I'd like a Tides of Man album without Tilian better than a Cynic album with the whole crew, but here we are.rThere are definitely some tracks here which are built for Pearson's vocal delivery with a guitar subbed into his place and on the whole the album resembles Empire Theory with an extra post-rock twist. Its first half switches things up enough to stay interesting and intriguing, but it seems to grow too long at the end to really stay impressive, but there's enough interesting material here to merit the continuation of a band that was all but forsaken.