This is pop music masquerading as symphonic metal. Many songs such as the opener will start out with a crunching heavy metal riff and then transition into a straight up pop song with a verse/chorus/verse structure and an occasional breakdown. The drums are annoying and I suspect an electronic kit was used. It is hard to tell if the vocalist has true talent because there are so many layers of singing at all times. Overall, the CD sounds overproduced. Listeners new to the genre should check out Nightwish or After Forever before moving on to Delain. The highlight of the album is the guest appearance of Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot)with vocals on 2 songs.