Thanks for updating the thread.
I'm really glad you bought the album -- it is good, indeed. That being said, however, it is -- of the three Silver Mt. Zion albums I own -- the weakest. I do believe that the track I mentioned is still possibly the greatest track they've ever released, but as overall albums go it isn't as strong as the two other's I own (on CDR... I'm a coward). Those being "Born Into Trouble as Sparks Fly Upward", which was released I think the year after "He Hast Left Us Alone", and this year's release, "Horses in the Sky", which is also phenomenal in many respects. The latter has far more vocals the the previous two.
One thing with this band also is they are a little hit and miss -- their highs are, well, near ecstatic, but their lows are pretty mediocre, at times. Some filler here and there.
I will definitely search for the band you recommend, that album inparticular, and give it a few spins. I'm not a wine drinker, but I can light some candles and have a $500 headphone setup. I'll tell you what I think when I do hear it.
Some other CD's I've heard that are new this year are.... um... Coldplay's latest, which is strong, but good at best... System of a Down's first of a double album, which kicks fucking ass.... And, well, I think that's it.