Whilst the pace is punishing, although melodic, for the first half, it takes a gentle instrumental pause halfway through with "In the Arms of Mercy" and revisits the more mellow tone on "The Forgotten One" and "The End of Eternity".
Really this is an album of highlights; drop the needle, (real or virtual), anywhere and enjoy the power and intensity that you will inevitably land on. If pushed though I'd pick out the aforementioned "Strength in Numbers", "Where The Spirit Leads Me" and "The Forgotten One" and closer "Fall from Grace" as the pick of the bunch.
The themes of faith, empowerment and mental health that feature frequently here have spilled over into the main band work that has followed. It remains the case though, that for my money, if this had been a Killswitch Engage album it would stand proud as their finest work, eclipsing even "Alive or Just Breathing".
"Lost in a sea of sadness, blind in this place of darkness, if I fall will you raise me up or will I be the forgotten one?........"