This is Dimmu Borgir’s best and most mature album. Every song on this album is utterly fantastic. In fact it contains my top 3 favorite Dimmu Borgir songs (Reptile, the Insight and the Catharsis, Grotesquery Conceiled). Shagrath’s vocals sound untterly overwhemlming and Simen’s backing vocals add the perfect melodic counterpart to his vocal assault. Astennu’s leads sizzle, Mustis’s keyboard parts fill the soundscape with dark atmospheres and melodies. The production on this album is incredible… I really do not know how to descirbe it other than being very full and “mystical” sounding. I would say that it is the best sounding metal album I’ve ever heard. I’m completely flabbergasted as to why this album recieves so little attention from metal fans. It’s as if there was a large gap between Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. Recommended without hesitation, quite possibly my favorite metal album.