This album was a surprise-I expected fairly standard black metal with the occasional eastern influence here and there-kind of a black metal version of Nile. I definitely wasn’t expecting anything as accomplished or original as this. The eastern influences are prominent, and they’re not just stuck in there; they actually direct the course of the music in a very basic way. A lot of the credit goes to the guitarist-he’s got a style all his own, churning out really diverse and complex black metal riffs that even veer into experimental territory at times, with some really cool chords. The riffs are very metal, but they have a kind of snake-like catchiness that is uniquely eastern. Proscriptor, the drummer, is of course also a great asset, coming up with all kinds of diverse drum patterns. The first 4 or 5 songs are excellent, before the album bogs down for a little while with a few less-than-great songs (that nonetheless are still pretty good) before it picks up again at the end. The only thing that keeps me from giving this 5 stars is the production, which leaves some annoying background white-noise (probably the remains of the bass, which is almost totally inaudible throughout) in some of the first few songs. Overall, though, one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard in black metal (and in metal in general, for that matter).