If I would have started my Lacuna Coil collection with this fairly mediocre debut, chances are I wouldn't have explored their far better later material. First blunder was debuting with an EP. Basically, it sounds rushed, like they just wanted to be heard instead of taking the time to produce a masterful work as we all know they are 110% capable of. Also, it's doom metal, a subgenre which doesn't even deserve to be called 'metal.' This is depressing music for suicide freaks, not for those of us who are looking for meaning in music. But the biggest downfall comes in the vocal regime. Cristina Scabbia hadn't perfected her voice yet, and sounded like she was straining her vocal cords in many of the songs. I've always thought Andrea Ferro sounded like James Hetfield on a small dose of helium, but he doesn't sound so good on here either. Basically, a combination of soft and boring music coupled with mediocre vocals made this a fairly below-par start for a band that has since proved to be one of the most unique and capable in the music industry. But then again, some of the greatest bands ever (Opeth, Nightwish, Metallica, Symphony X) came out with not-so-stunning debuts. And no matter how soft or bland it is, it is worlds better than anything by that overrated atrocity of a band known as The Gathering. Anyway, I wouldn't suggest starting your Coil collection here, but once you've gotten Comalies (their near-flawless new one) and Unleashed Memories, and maybe even In a Reverie, then you can get this one.