I find the tone on Morningrise to be perfect for what they were shooting for. It's clear and cold which supports some of their blackened influences, showing off a musicianship clinic of melodies and bass throughout. The only detriment is the lack of heft to drumming and vocals, but frankly I'm so used to it, the thing would just be wrong otherwise. It's a very bleak melodic record, and the razor blade guitar tone seems to help, IMO. The bass work by John De Farfalla is stunning. It's an entirely separate argument over the lack of structure and ideas flowing into each other without much repeated motif, yet somehow it all resolved because of the melodic conclusion to each arrangement within each song. It's not catchy, so it's the most difficult album to follow, and I definitely understand the production qualms. For me, it works.