For me it's easily the best stuff they've had since Empire. And compared to Mindcrime 2 and Dedicated To Chaos, it's WAYYYYY better!
The sound that QR is going for is a metal album that sounds like a mix of the first EP throug PL. They want to make up for all the shit that tatertot did with them which made them lose a lot of their popularity.
Countdown To The Book Of Souls: http://tinyurl.com/oe69dm9
Countdown to Speed Of Light: http://tinyurl.com/o25ox46