I own every Dimmu Borgir album to date, and this has got to be my favorate. The 48 piece orchestra really helps add to the music by giving it that epic feel. They really did a great job in combining the orchestrated instruments with the band. Also, the keyboarding in this is fantastic, Mustis really has a good idea as to what he is doing. Mr. Barker is the same monster behind the kit, but I feel like he really took the backseat on this album when compared to Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. Galder and Silenoz come up with some great riffs, some of which are the heaviest Dimmu Borgir has ever done. Vortex is a great bass player with many fills and an epic singer. Vortex does the clean vocals once again and never fails to amaze. Though I would have liked to have heard a little more of Vortex’s singing as it is quite limited on this album. Shagrath is a monster. This album holds my favorate performance from Shagrath, who snarls grimey, misanthropic poetry all throughout. Overall, this is an epic masterpiece for any fan of the neo-black metal genre. Highly recommended.