When the "play" button was pressed I feared I would hear Bay Laurel deliver standard goth metal. I am glad to be a messenger of joy, when I establish that Bay Laurel is much better than they ever were before. The music is in the same vein as before, reminding me of their debut "Under a Clouded Sky".
The album starts with the great goth rock song called "Strive", which has all the elements of a great song. After that, the best goth track I've heard so far this year, strikes me. "A Misery Song" is a real killer and somewhat heavy, without being metal. I'd say that it's the best track I've heard from Bay Laurel. "Outside These Walls" is another, very similar song with a guitar riff reminding me of the album "Dawnrazor" by Fields of the Nephilim. Actually, Bay Laurel sounds pretty much like this band from time to time.
Otherwise, I must give them credit for vocals, production and lyrics. The lyrics were pretty awful before and especially on the debut. Now you don't have to cope with such extremely pretentious lyrics. Otherwise, I have nothing to complain about. Highly recommended!