I've got a lot of time for this band. Ire Works is cool as shit, Calculating Infinity is an insane masterpiece... this album is alright really, but as has been mentioned, it's way too Mike Patton in places which I find really grating. Phone Home is basically a second rate Tomahawk song.
Loved this record front-to-back for years.
It surprises me 'We Are the Storm' isn't often highlighted as a standout Dillinger track. Tight, superlatively aggressive riffs; seriously complex grooves that are also undeniably catchy; memorable vocals; and the overall composition exemplifies the band's newfound grasp on hard-soft dynamics. Stands alongside 'Sunshine the Werewolf' as the best two tracks on the album.
"Easily their best, this blows their newer stuff out of the water. If you don't agree me you're wrong"
I agree that it blows everything after out of the water, but I don't like it more than Calculating Infinity. I like all their albums, but this was the last that I really loved.
First time I listened to this album, I hated it (It was the first time I'd ever listened to DEP, apart from when I was 16 and heard some tracks off Calculating Infinity and thought it was just a bunch of guitar wank). Years later, I was playing Saints Row: The Third, and heard Farewell, Mona Lisa. Eventually made my way back to this album. It's not easily my favourite album of theirs. And you know what, guys? I don't think the band gives a fuck what you think about their stuff. They're making and playing the music they want to create and perform. At least they have some fucking conviction, unlike other bands.
I think certain fans rate DEP's new stuff higher because some people don't appreciate technical musical interplay and just need melodic vocals to latch onto. Catchier vocals = better to a lot of people.
I think this was their last really good album. I've been a fan since before "Calculating Infinity" came out, and they basically just became an "Irony Is a Dead Scene" tribute band after losing their original vocalist. Sad to see.