A lot of the credit I think goes to new drummer Olivier Beaudoin. He really challenged himself here on songs like ‘If I was God....I'd Burn It All’ and ‘The Darkest Days of Slumber’, really breathes a new slant on things and stretches the bands artistic limbs in the purpose. Stephane Barbe’s bass and Oli sound great together. There's some mighty fine grooving slabs of rhythm going on in ‘Under Lawless Skies’ and ‘The Promise’ with Maurizio Iacono projecting such power he just commands your attention on ‘Kill the Elite’. His annunciation is key to sound of the band, compliments the musicians in a way that's not overpowering. Just fits right in the middle of the chaos. With ‘Elevate’ it shows Jean-Francois masterful skills, the guitar screams a moody vibe that carries the album to a flawless close. That is, unless you have the special edition featuring their cover of Sacred Reich’s ‘The American Way’.
It's really refreshing when a band with a 20yr pedigree manages to still stay creative and energized within their style. This is the bands most exciting sounding album in a long time.