Old ATTWS is far more epic than the new one.
I've not yet gathered money to buy the CD and I don't dare listening to the album on youtube and won't download for philosophic reasons, but from what I've managed to stumble upon... I have yet to hear a re-somethingdone
song from that album that I'd like more than the original. (Save, perhaps, for IftOS.)
I get that the re-working has its uses and I can understand why people would like it and I'm absolutely sure that the album will win many new fans. And even though I'm quite a new fan myself, I'm not that fond of how the songs and individual sounds are polished into perfection.
Anyway, I agree with teo. ATTWS old version seems better to me. So does Mirror Mirror, Nightfall and The Hobbit, even if they are oh-so-imperfect to many. In the Forest is just ridiculous - The Bard's Song? Since when did Bards have an orchestra at hand?
I suppose the drums are muted to take away some of the more aggressive edge. It levels the stuff more to the recent prog/symphonic era.