The music is Melodic Progressive Metal/Rock Opera with strong Symphonic influences and elements of Hard Rock. It is not very Heavy and Aggressive but contains many beautiful melodies, decent synth works (maestro Jens Johansson performed some outstanding solos) and solid guitar work. Sometimes it reminds me of Royal Hunt and Rock Operas Genius and Ayreon.
The songs climaxes with an apocalyptic guitar solo that hasn’t served it’s purpose if your ears aren’t ringing. All in all a great hard rock album, that’s safe and traditional in parts, but way more adventurous than the debut album. When the Black Star Riders come to a town near you, be sure to saddle and ride with them.