This release is the first with Michael Nicklasson & Martin Brändström as new members and the first release with Martin Henriksson on guitar since switching from bass. There is a misconception of the three from this recording lineup as starting out on Projector (See Projector for clarifacation). Although not having a lot to do with the release, it still marked the second and last time a current member (Henriksson) switched their roles in the band permanently (The first was on "Promo '94" where ex-guitarist Mikael Stanne became the vocalist). This is also the last release with the contribution of ex-member Anders Fridén with the band.
The band managed to advance the musical changes started on their previous album with a mix of melody and electronic pads, especially having now constant keyboards to their music. The clean vocal style went into hiatus but Stanne has brought it back into some Dark Tranquillity songs, though, as heard on the band's catalog from 2007 onward.
This albums reception was much similar to Projector's due to the similarities of both albums. Surprisingly enough, one of the band's own member Niklas Sundin is his harshest critic stating that this is his least favourite Dark Tranquillity album (this is also the only Dark Tranquillity album where he does not receive any songwriting credit), but he did mention that "Emptier Still" is his favourite song from the album and the only album at the time that excited him was the band's first album. Despite the mixed feelings towards the album, Metalguru.net, listed this album as #5 in the "Retro 2000 Top 5 Albums".