In all honesty, it did set a standard and create a (fairly) unique new sound. It did allow people who did not dig death metal to enjoy those songs because of the melody lines, the proggy bits and the clean vocals. It made them learn there can be beauty in that racket called death metal. Just a shame that when they were touring Blackwater Park, Michael's vocals really weren't that good just yet live and they were static as hell to watch. Was one of the more boring shows I saw that year.