All-instrumental album (apart from some guest chanting on the first song) with violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, oboe, flute, clarinet, and saxophone in addition to the standard drums, keys, guitars, and bass. The complexity of classical music combined with intensity and feel of rock music.
This album is for ACTIVE LISTENING: stark contrasts between quiet and loud, intricate arrangements, distinctive chord sequences, odd time signatures, and contrapuntal melodies.
It's produced to sound organic and dynamic, not digital, slick, and compressed. That means you'll probably need to (a) turn the volume up for it to sound best, (b) pay close attention when it plays, and (c) brace yourself for sudden changes in instruments and volume.