I loved it on day one, and still do.
I think it's a staggering achievement, to compose all of the music and lyrics like that for a (more or less) focused and cohesive story, and yet not like a typical prog metal concept album, but something different, more like a musical.
Is it perfect? No, but the daring to achieve something so different from the band is also inspiring, regardless of your opinion on the outcome.
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" - Robert Browning