well..it's not just that it pretty much fits into the category of "hardcore" music..this album is incredible. first of all, excellent musicianship..heavy guitars, melodic guitars, and (drummer) jesse smith not only delivers quick kicks but has incredible style that really augments..everything. also, beatifully crafted lyrics (yes, they are a christian band, no, i am not a christian, but yes, i can enjoy the lyrics because they are heartfelt, emotional, and not preachy or arrogant). dan has one of the most unique voices in the genre (he left zao after self-titled but he's back and so is russ!!). it took a while to get used to, but he's now one of my favorite hardcore vocalists. another thing about this record is..despite the growls, hellfire artwork, and occasionally dark riffs..it's really warm. listen to "to think of you is to treasure an absent memory" "ember" and "violet" (ok, it's repetitive. so what? it's emotional and a perfect way to end the cd) and you'll see what i mean. also, the "latter rain" has a dramatic, almost spine-tingling buildup at the end (along the lines of hopesfall's later "the broken heart of a traitor"). this cd is by far their best offering, but be sure to check out all their other releases with dan, and their live show is always good fun.