I have tasted the Blood Alliance, and from what I can tell, this is going to be phenomenal.
I absolutely love Master of Illusion, the band's last work. They abandoned their flowery tendencies for more pressing, real-world issues on incredible tracks like "The Vigil" and "Civilized?". Now, the band is moving in a heavy and powerful new direction. There seems to be more emphasis upon the guitars, and the snippets that I heard have been breathtaking.
Here's a reminder of what the band has been up to lately: