I definitely think it's their best release so far. There are some really great grooves on this album, and overall I'd say that this is probably The Sword at the heaviest that they've ever been (although not every song is that way). I like the album a lot, although I'm not sure if it'll be in my top ten or not. This year has actually produced some pretty awesome material - much to my surprise, considering the slow start it got - and my tastes are pretty broad, too. Still, a damn decent album - that's for sure.
8/1 SummersLaughter (?)
8/9 Boris / Atlas Moth / SubRosa (?)