This is a good example of a band that made a decision (in this case to make a heavier, more straightforward album, which nonethless is still on a high musical level) which split their fan base in two. Of course it didn't decrease the number of their followers, because even those who were pissed off at first would eventually find some nice aspects in the music, and now that Octavarium is about to be released, the wounds are healing nicely.
Now what do I have to say about the music of TOT? It has a very unique charm, but takes more time to settle. I'd say that after 20 times listening to the album from beginning to end, the patient listener will be rewarded, and the killer melodies that strike you instantly on albums like SfaM will become apparent on TOT as well. If you get bored along the way ... you don't have to like this.
This is more metal than prog, but with many twists and the usual stellar musicianship!
1. As I Am 7:47
2. This Dying Soul 11:27
3. Endless Sacrifice 11:24
4. Honor Thy Father 10:14
5. Vacant 2:57
6. Stream of Consciousness 11:16
7. In the Name of God 14:14