Well, I wanna start saying I've been following the Beard three years ago, and this brand new album from the band was really a shock in the beggining! I was always wondering if the man in the store didn't change the cds with another band of a more grunge prog hardcore style. No, it was really the Beard, but surprise: without Neal's lyrics and melodic influences. In the beginning I found very, very strange, but the more I listened to it, the more it was growing on me. It's a nice effort of a band starting again and looking for a new identity, after the departure of the genius of Neal Morse, that is living the Christian principles nowadays. Testimony is a wonderfull album, with awesome music and really cool Beard prog sound, but the religious and personal lyrics are really boring! Anyway, I think that if Neal never entered the band before, this (the actual Beard sound) would be the sound of the band since it's beginning. Strange, but true! Well, I think that everyone have to give a chance on this and listen carefully, not thinking about the old Beard, but thinking about the great musicians that are playing on it! Neal will always been missed in the band, and the band will never release another "The Light", or "V", or "Snow" again, but the new Beard style is very good too! The great gems here in my opinion are "Onomatopoeia", great hard rock/harcore song, "The Bottom Line", good Beard song, remembering of the old Beard, "Shining Star" great ballad, from track 7 to 12 the great epic "A Guy Named Sid" that proves definetely that the Beard is alive and well, and the beautiful ballad "Carry On". Buy it, if you like a really good rock album.