This is a release for Hardcore fans only. What we are graced with is an acoustic live album that was performed for only a handful of Hardcore fans. The CD is broken into three chapters. The songs are taken from a few of their well-known releases in the underground. You may recognize some of the songs while others will take some time to figure out. The songs on this release are re-worked and sound just as fresh as when you first heard them. Talk about being stripped down and naked. There are only acoustic guitars, piano and some drumming. There is not much else here. I like that.
It gives the audience the chance to really hear the bands talents. Daniel's vocals are simply emotional and can move mountains without trying. The opener shows the band in their finest hour. The track is from one of their older releases. “Winning A War” is a real classy number. It contains flamenco guitar work that is simply fantastic along with more mesmerizing piano playing. I love this band for the simple fact that they can write good compositions without getting over the top in their genre. “Reconciliation” is a powerful song that demands your attention because it's such a moving song. Each track is filled with emotion grace and power. This is an intelligent band that writes music that matters to themselves and the fans. There is absolutely no filler. When a band takes the risk of their lives by releasing an acoustic album, you better be capable of pulling it off. Some bands fall flat on their face, but this band soars higher than anything else.
When you are in the studio, magic can be performed to make you sound a lot better than you really are, but when you in front of a lot of people with just the bare essentials the pressure is on. The guys pull it off fantastically and without any problems. Once again, we are offered something to tie us over until “The Perfect Element Part II” or a different release, but this live recording is so much more. You can tell that effort was put into this to make it something unique and not just a standard live/un-plugged release. You can tell that these guys care about their fans only want the best for them as well as for themselves. (Onlinen February 28, 2004)