I completely agree that Portnoy should not sing, he just isn't good. I enjoyed this record though, I thought it stood much more solid that Systematic. I personally liked Train of Thought, so I can't really relate ther because I have a bias. I think The Count of Tuscany is an amazing track, keeps me on the edge and flows so smoothly. I personally really enjoyed A Nightmare To Remember and The Shattered Fortress, but to each their own I guess.
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