The feel is back pocket, which I personally dig. It makes metal sound so much more fun. The playing back pocket on complicated syncopated parts especially makes the (whole band) unison transitions between sections feel good. Like nobody's in any hurry to get the song to the ending and be done with it. I like that. Maybe it's just a maturity thing, I listen to old stella recordings and we're all trying so hard to push to the next part. But, I think in metal it must take a conscious effort to let each part of the song do its own thing on its own time. Again, Bravo to you and Alf and Brian on the performance.
The drum sounds are great. The high toms especially ring out nicely. The drum mix was well done. The snares are all super tight and don't step on other sounds and the cymbals have a chance to breathe properly which makes it sound very organic and alive.
The overall tones of the record are very warm. For my ears, alot of metal recording is so compressed that it flattens the life right out of it. This record has a nice wide sonic range of course i mentioned the drums are big part of that but the bass and guitar are warm as well.
And, no metal album is complete without at least one doom scream. I was happy to hear one within the first ten minutes in my player! Well done!
As I expected, the overall band performance is tight like only happens when you've all been playing together for years. It feels like everybody is in the same groove and nobody's getting their toes stepped on. Vocally, its a great big robust album. I especially like the vocal variety on it, everybody's singing and mixing up the ranges and intensity. Makes things more interesting.