When it comes to the album's ballads, they're all beautiful. Beneath the Surface is my favorite one by far because I just fell in love with the instrumentation, JLB's epic moment in the end of the song, and the lyrics. This is the Life is really uplifting, and Far From Heaven is incredible in it's own way. I like all these songs' lyrics, music and vocal delivery, but for now Far From Heaven is my 3rd favorite. Still, those ballads are all DT in their top form.
I suppose I'll be mostly here and in DTF most of the time. I'll still lurk 5/8 (mostly because I didn't receive any mail of approval for weeks now), and visit JLB.com from time to time, but it's really dead most of the time if James is not around making posts. I'd rather follow his Twitter and be done with it.
ADTOE is somewhere in my top 3. It's definitely higher than Octavarium, I'm still not sure if I like it better than Images, and for now it's still behind SFAM (though not by far). We'll see how this goes in a few months.
I suppose they'll take many songs out to make room for ADTOE's songs, but otherwise keep it much of the same. Unless they plan to make it longer, which is surprising but awesome.
The closest thing to screaming vocals in this album are JLB's backing vocals in Build Me Up, Break Me Down's pre-chorus, and they're done exceptionally well. As far as lyrics are concerned, they're all beautifully written and there is no swearing whatsoever.
This album really feels like any other 90's DT album, with a slightly bigger emphasis on the metal side, but it really just compliments the progressive nature of the songs.