One of Current 93's best albums, this CD mixes beautiful folk, twisted psychedlia, and great production. If you aren't familiar with Current 93, this is probably the best album to start with in that it's accessible and sometimes achingly beautiful.
The album as a whole derives loosely from the folk song "All the Pretty Little Horses," and develops into a sprawling fairy-tale like soundscape (think William Blake) with eschatological tendencies. Unlike much of Current 93's earlier work, the religious elements here aren't simply taken for granted. The album, through the motif of darkness and death, suggests a universe abandoned by the gods yet mired in the metaphysics of loss.
"The Bloodbells Chime," dedicated to the painter Louis Wain is thought by many Current 93 fans to be the group's most beautiful song. Also, Nick Cave contributes wonderfully to the title track and a spoken-word piece at the end.