At 62 minutes, the album is the band's longest to date. Vocalist-guitarist Shawn Milke told Noisecreep
that this was because they had a lot to say. He explained: "We did and we had the characters on the record to write to, so the story is what it is – we were not about to mess around with Dante's Inferno
, [laughs]. As far as squeezing a lot of music onto an album, the eye opener for me was the album Colors
by Between the Buried and Me. It was more than an hour long, which was such a bold thing to do. I remember hearing that and thinking, don't ever compromise your music just because of length. Do what's right for the music. That's an amazing record that really changed how I look at things."