When I just got my hands on this album I was expecting something more in the genre of Therion, Nightwish, and perhaps other Symphonic Metal bands. However, this band is completely differnt from the above, not that Therion is bad, they're awesome as well. However, Haggard has much more depth to it. The music never has a simple repeating beat, there are intricate transitions and parts for all of the 16 members of the band. Even the vocals are amazing, which range from operatic female vocals to the black/death grunts of the male vocalist, however the this is no death metal. The male vocals are perfectly in place and as someone added in a previous review, the vocals add to the angry/sad tone of the music in certain places. Seriously though, I am not a fan of death metal and only occasionaly listen to black metal (Check out Tvangeste, awesome band that utilizes a whole orchestra as well, however the vocals are more toward black metal), but this music is awesome. It's more toward the classical genre, however a fan of Symphonic Metal will love this as will anyone who has an appreciation for good music.