3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Were I to rate this on the music portion alone, I would give this at least 4.5 Stars! Some great Progressive Metal with some terrific vocals.
Unfortunately, there are just WAY TOO MANY non-musical sections of this album—sound effects, radio reports, Russian dialogue, etc.—which really become annoying since they are so lengthy and chop up the musical portions of the album way too often. That brings the entire album rating down by at least a full star. Sorry, this concept album just has way too much “atmosphere” for its own good. Limiting these “noise sections” to only a minute at the opening, perhaps a few seconds tossed in between a few songs, would have been so much better. But the album starts out with endless minutes of “noise” and tosses these in too many times (and for too long) throughout.
I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing more from these folks in the future, but if they release more material, I hope they limit future albums to just music and not “noise,” since their talent for writing and performing some great Progressive Metal is where they truly shine.