this album is a real acuired taste, the hot-topic/mall hopping who has the more make-up on "goth" [I hate that term] might not understand where I'm coming from. the whole "I am an individual, I hate god, I hate my life, I am goth and am here to STAY!" gimmick is getting very repeditive, and boring. This started with manson's antichrist superstar, the comming out cd of the gothic era. That has now turned it into the most annoying hands across the world struggle on who's the "better" or who's the more "gothic" band. You all are annoying as hell!!! This album imparticular is based on [if my memory serves me right] the book of geniuses by lucifers point of view. The only song, that really desn't fit it's theme is manniquin -- even dani felt "that it is abit ambivolent in contexts with the rest of the album anyway" they didn't much like the video to it aswell. I was also sad that gain was not on this album. Since sony signed them, thier real talents have been rejected, and remolded into something melodic, and finding the catchy mainstream singles...This is a great band, that is been getting popular with every discruntled adolescent rejected person, I guess I was no execption. I've personally love this band for over a long time. I have more than half of thier cd's. I would start with dusk and her embrace, v empire, or midian before buying this. Get into thier sound [they have a specific sound that is not for every one] If you want to get into actuall black metal that has more grind in sound try: emperor, bathory, nile, or at the gates. If you like it mainstream, catchy, and melodic cliche bands try dimmu borgir, old mans child, slipknot, and every band that will be on the next ozzfest. every cof album has a theme, I went into this album very biased, and will have the same mind set on thier up-coming album due out I think in septemeber of this year.