GF's "Determination" was a great album, it flowed well and was quite heavy. The band goes from a brutal and simplistic style of metal, to more melodic parts, all the way up to semi-classic soloing. But for all of it's afterthought-intricacies and songwriting prowess... God Forbid, as a machine, still is not able to thrill the senses with variation... The overall tone of the album isn't as cheesy as thier counterparts(Shadows Fall, Killswitch) and hell... it's not like any fan is expecting a top 40 release here. My point is GF continues to come across like Earth Crisis, wait hold on let me explain! It seems to me one or two members just aren't improving thier skills, and thier sound is left in stasis between albums. Much of "Gone Forever" is a monotone mess, and is just too similar to past albums. To hear the screamer start crooning, I'd say it's no great surprise. The riffs seem pulled from an session identical to that of "Determination" as is the same with the general sound of the recording. So the hype is not true. It's a great CD, but thier previous ones were rawer, and were a lot less concerned with fitting in with other groups. GF is on tour with Machine Head right now, so yeah... That's worth checking out. If you're more into Slayer than you are into Chimaira, I'd check out thier previous two CD's first. And vice verse.