This album is all about one thing: masterful guitarwork. The riffs are all great and shift between being brutal, groovy and technical or some combination of the three. And the solos? Simply amazing. I don't know if there is a more impressive collection of tech-death guitar work than this.
I think it's great that Muhammed's vocals are more varied on this than Epitaph, and it really lends power to some passages. The guitar playing is feels more varied than on Epitaph, too, and although the solos aren't quite as good, the riffs and grooves are much better than on Epitaph.
Tech Death Metal is what Necrophagist does and they do it well. The lyrics are nothing special for this cd, but it really doesn't matter in Necrophagist's case the music speaks for itself. The growls are really deep and extremely brutal. The guitars are amazingly technical and have no flaws whatsoever in my eyes. Its hard to believe that one man could record all this by himself. Muhammed is without a doubt a genius. This is a must have for fans of death metal or any kind of technical music, this will always be one of my personal favorite albums.