A very solid album by a band who continually shows improvement with each album. After releasing Eternal which was arguably their best to date, expectations were high for Return to Life, especially by WOA fans like myself. Regardless of religious beliefs, one has to appreciate the excellent musicmanship WOA has. The harsh vocals of Leroy Hamp are surpassed only by the shredding of the duel guitar assault. Both of these factors are apparent all the way through. The only exception is the instrumental "M.E.B" which is just acoustic and simply beautiful. Every song does a fairly good job of varying the solos and the vocals up to avoid any two tracks mirroring each other. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I'd have to go with "Fallen Idol". It starts off with a nice riff and then opens with the band chanting "We are the children of promise..." making it a very catchy song. Love the solo that's thrown down too toward the end. I recomend this album and already cannot wait for what WoA has in store for us next.
This is sad, truly it is. I never thought this band of any would succumb to such minimalistic and boring trends. There are good guitar solos, and their powerful message remains unchanged, but the overall product is far from the standard set by WoA's previous releases.