One year later i finally listened to the album from the beginning to the end (first time in 2007). It´s the best album of the "reunion" era; there are no fillers. The music combines the best of the X-Factor (long intros, but especially the dark atmosphere), with great solos, but the most evident thing is that the three guitars finally are better combined (in the past, only Paschendale shows the potencial; there are great music, but something was lacking, imo). The lyrics are far better than the last six albums. This is their best effort since 7th Son. I think Dickinson is in way better shape than in DOD. Of course, he don´t have the 666 power anymore, but the talent is still there.