This release has put Epica into it’s own. This is one polished piece. The vocals, supported by tight bass, rhythm, guitar, and orchestral highlights puts the listener into an adrenaline soaring, head banging, yet refined euphoric state. I did not think it was possible to mix dark metal, classic vocals, theatric orchestration, and synthesizers together with success. I have been proven wrong. I have been blasting this CD with my with my windows down for a month now. More than once I have been asked “who is that?” by an instant Epica fan. I just hope the band recognizes what an achievement they have done with this release and will continue to evolve this creative style.