On the cd case it says a ritual in 6 parts and i quite agree it is like that. This album has my 2 fav cradle songs on it. Firstly "The Forest Whispers My Name" which is a rehash of the song of the same name on Cradles previous album but it is much better done here, has been slightly rewritten and mixed and is much better for it.
Secondly we have cradles best song. At over 10mins "Queen Of Winter, Throned" is Cradle epic piece. It is a perfect example of cradle at their finest, a sweeping, poetic atmospheric piece that starts of with a immortal phrase from "Dracula"
"Even a man who is pure in heart and speaks in prayer by night, can become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the winter moon is bright". It also contains some haunting vocals from Sarah and great Keys from Martin. This album is the one that confirmed my suspicions that cradle are the best band in extreme metal.
"The Black Goddess Rises"-----Listen to the begining background music after the piano part at the begining, for the refrence. Not only that, he screams just as he does in QoWT during the begining of the similar instrumentals. The same instrumentals that resemble those that begin the "hard" parts of QoWT appear at the end of this song as well.
"Principle of Evil Made Flesh"-----Once again instrumentals, at the very begining, and somewhat throughout the song, but faintly noticeable. Plus, even the beat to this song takes on one that of QoWT at points.
"A Crecendo of Passion Bleeding"-----Begining guitar riffs/instrumentals...sound like those near the end of the song QoWT.
"The Forest Whispers my Name"-----At a point (Like 1:35 into it), the song's instrumentals sound like those in a begining part of QoWT.
"A Dream of Wolves in the Snow"-----If you can't tell by the begining lyrics, listen to the tune..it's that beautiful intro to QoWT. This one makes the most obvious of refrences, so if you don't notice it, you my fellow readers, are quite slow.
It is in my belief that those 5 songs, make up "Queen of Winter, Throned." And, the instrumentals somewhat prove this.