This is a really awesome release from one of the better known black metal bands in the world. Dani's vocals aren't that horrible either throughout the album! Though there are times...but that's COF I suppose!
One thing that always blew me away about this band were the lyrics. They are way to good for any metal band. Very poetic, very dark. These guys know how to right. There aren't really choruses in their songs either, it's all mostly verse. If you like dark subject matter, with a tinge of dark humour, you'll like their lyrics.
The music is really driving. Loud guitars and drums and bass, inter-mingled with the keyboard (though not as much as on Midian). The keyboards and orchestrations provide the correct mood all the time.
Some stand out tracks (aka: my favourites!): Heaven Torn Asunder, A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil's Whore), Malice Through the Looking Glass, and the title track. Though the whole album is truly excelent. If you can get past Dani's banshee screaching that he can succumb to at times, you will be left with a black metal treasure.