We open up with “The Cost Of Doing Business” and immediately we’re subject to a barrage of slick metal tinged hard-rock riffs channeling an infectious groove; it’s an up-tempo introduction and full of energy, aided by both gang-vocal harmonies and metalcore-inspired screamed vocals courtesy of guitarist Calu, it all accompanies front-man Thomas Grove perfectly with his almost power metal core style…in some ways imagine if ASKING ALEXANDRIA and TURISAS had a baby…that’s what you’ve got here essentially…this is a strong intro. “Falling Rain” continues with the power metal / almost symphonic elements and in places has subtle nods to NIGHTWISH within the structure of the track giving it a slight dramatic touch, before “Of Letting Go” steps it up a gear with a more prominent electronic based sound layered within the riffs and percussion. It’s really up beat and throws a power-ballad style chorus into the mix; its balanced well, some delicate piano coupled with a decent guitar solo and provides another enjoyable listen.
“Freedom” then goes all the way into soft ballad territory with no shame whatsoever, showing a versatility in the Finns, it doesn’t come across as pompous but simply oozes genuine emotion and as the track ascends to its climax it picks up with a certain classic rock tone; the guitar here is simply elegant, a softer track all around but no less impressive. The clear highlight here though is “Open Your Eyes”…featuring NC Enroe (Niko Moilanen) from Finnish pop rockers BLIND CHANNEL…coursing with electronic, vibrant pop-rock energy and a touch of nu-metal attitude courtesy of NC's rapping, this is the kind of song that would get any alternative night club moving, incredibly infectious and easily the standout track on this record, before we close proceedings with another inclusion of their debut single, and “The Lamb Lies Down In Sacrifice”…a meatier, melodic death metal inspired piece akin to the likes of SCAR SYMMETRY and such, the riffs are back, as are the wailing guitars and the whole thing ends on a more aggressive, assertive note. While some of the albums track’s all too easily blend in to some of their influences from the Scandinavian melodic death artists, primarily their neighboring Sweden’s Gothenburg scene, you can’t dispute how down right enjoyable a lot of this album is…welcome to ember falls? You’re very welcome indeed.