I am not sure whether or not the latest turmoil in his main
band Dream Theater has had any kind of influence of this album, but the fact is
that this is by far the darkest and most aggressive solo album by James
LaBrie (so far), including MullMuzzler.
James LaBrie and his creative partner on his
solo albums Matt Guillory have made an album that gives us an heavier and more
aggressive take on the route they began with "Elements of Persuasion" (2005),
adding quite a few Gothenburg influences throughout the 51 minutes of music. Musically we are taking a step forward compared to his
first solo album, and I like the darker approach to things. But they are never
turning their backs on their progressive roots; they are simply adding another
layer or two to things thus making this a more aggressive and heavier
progressive metal journey.
If you liked his first solo album and still believe that
"Train of Thought" is one of Dream Theater's finest moments then I am sure
you'll like this one as well.