In the absence of any reviews, I'll make a couple of comments on this release.
First, the orchestration is all genuine - nothing created artificially by keyboards. Full range of Classical instruments to compliment the Metal
musicians - so a genuine Symphonic Metal release!
As expected for a German act (20 plus musicians!) this is VERY teutonic in feel.
The production is very good - REALLY clear - like a standard Classical recording! Very impressed with the sound quality.
There are a lot of VERY harsh, Death Metal vocals here (think Opeth or Therion's Typhon) - You will either love them, hate them or just laugh at them!
There are clean vocals and plenty of male & female 'operatic' style vocals
as well, that recall Therion's mighty Secret Of The Runes album.
Balance - Most symphonic Metal bands still keep the Metal in the ascendency or at least a 50/50 split. Not here - The Classical/Orchestral side is VERY dominant - so be warned.
It's also a concept album regarding the famous astronomer, Galileo.
Interestingly, Haggard released an album prior to this, Awaken The Centuries, which was a concept album about Nostradamus. I think Judas Priest may just have heard of this (Incidentally, Priest's Nostradamus - what a masterpiece!)
Watch out for track 10 when it seemingly ends - leave it running for a few minutes because there is more music...
Basically ideal for fans of Metallica's S&M, Therion's Secret Of the Runes, Vovin, Deggial and Lemuria/Sirius B, Hollenthon (check them out), and Nightwish/Dimmu Borgir featuring REAL orchestras. Even Classical people might like this!