I first listened to this album about twenty years ago in an old LP (vinyl) edition. The first thing that striked me was the wonderful artwork of the gatefold cover. The front cover only depicts a small fragment from a huge piece of art. The full gatefold, once open, revealed something beyond Dante Alighieri's depiction of utter chaotic suffering.
The LP itself was a decent recording of 18 wonderful albeit short pieces of death/doom metal sound art. Not sure if I would call it music. It would have been the perfect sound for movies such as "Hellraiser II".
Amazon seems to be using the same description for the vinyl, old CD and new digipak CD. Please note this is incorrect. The old CD has the same 18 tracks as the LP. I don't know what its artwork is like. I've recently bought this new digipak CD version from Amazon. The digital remaster was very good. Slightly cleaner than the sound of the old LP. Slightly crisper, too. But nothing much. Almost the same thing. Yet, it contains TONS of bonus tracks. The 35-minute LP became a 78-minute CD! No repeated tracks. Only pure gems.
Why not 5 stars? Well, although this release finally includes the lyrics to the songs (only to the 18 tracks of the original album, and in very small printing, but at least they're finally there somehow), the artwork was crippled. Rather than including in the unfolding of the digipak the full drawing, it only shows half of it. The other half is on the disc itself, which is placed on top of the first half. The full picture cannot be seen and parts of it were simply not reproduced here. A silly reason to take out one star? Seriously: the artwork is half the reason to buy the physical disc rather than just the MP3 version from Amazon. It would be very easy to include a short booklet with all 34 lyrics and use the digipak for the full picture instead.
I still recommend this edition, since it does contain most of the lyrics and the disc itself is great. I don't regret buying it at all.