If you’re bored of today’s American “metal” movement, I strongly reccomend this album! I guarantee it will be a breathe of fresh air! Although this band does not stay true to pure black metal (though most people label them that), this CD is without a doubt one of the best of 1999! This is Cradle of Filth at their very best! However, if you’re looking for 1000 mph soloing free for alls, you won’t get it from CoF. This band has plenty of method behind the madness. Any guitarist who appreciates teamwork, will appreciate the way Stuart and Gian play off of each other instead of fight each other for solos. Their guitar work is often reminiscent of those classic Iron Maiden harmonized riffs! Real guitar fans surely will not be dissapointed. And needless to say, the drums are insane on this album! It might take a while for you to get used to it, but after you get used to those neck-breaking beat changes, they will grow on you faster than a beastiophile runs for a Petting Zoo. The only thing that could turn some listeners off is Dani Filth’s vocals. At first, his screeching might come off as just plain annoying, but after a while, his voice begins to fit the music. At times he sounds like a demonically possessed madman (low-bellowing growl), and other times he captures the sounds of a demon emerging from the fiery pits of Hell (demonic shrieking). Nonetheless, this guy’s voice will grow on you, no doubt. And contrary to what some people think, no struggling is needed to get accustomed to this album; just an open mind. If your new to Cradle, I strongly suggest this album first! And as for Cradle fans, this album without a doubt surpasses “Dusk…And Her Embrace”. I feel that they took the basic idea of “Dusk” and took it to a brilliantly brutal level! I can’t even begin to name my favorite tracks on this album; the whole album is epic. Songs like, “Bathory Aria”, and “Beneath The Howling Stars” contain some truly melodic parts in them, while songs like “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids” and “The Twisted Nails of Faith” just plain rock! So if your looking for a huge breathe of fresh air, and a band that combines raw emotion, beauty, and unsettling melodies,and yet is still very much capable of bashing your head in, check out this CD and there’s no way in hell you’ll be dissapointed!