While violins in a dark/goth type band are nothing new (often dating back to the 1970’s), if the band can integrate them with their sound – or better yet, build their sound around their violin – they will truly stand out as the best of the best. My personal first experience with violin in a band such as this is with Tristania. In this reviewer’s opinion, this band is on a higher level to Tristania, in terms of their integration of the haunting sounds a violin can produce – though this album’s sound is truly different than any of Tristania’s. The vocals are truly masterful, bringing the words to dance upon the darkest of minds in a deathly beautiful ballet of melody. As an artist who plays the violin himself, this album can not be rated higher. Buy it; you shall not be dissapointed.