With all of the drama surrounding the band’s split with Geoff Tate, I have to admit I was pretty reluctant to actually listen to this album. Generally when a band splits with their singer the end results are usually not very good. Sure, there are the occasional successes, but for every AC/DC or Van Halen who switch singers and succeed, there are countless others (Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest) who do not.