I got this as a christmas present last year not knowing exactly what to expect. I had never heard OPETH before, but I had read reviews of them being really unique, and I had recently discovered the progressive monstorousness of TOOL, and death metal in IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA, and though completely different to them, i would say that they helped warm me to this unique sound, which seems to draw a little from all of them. On a first listen this was not worth 5 stars, it was good, but it's a bit hard to get into if it's your first OPETH cd, but it's totally worth it. The guitars are beautiful and hauting, powerful and gentle, all in the same song, accompanied by equally horrific groul and melodic clean vocals, which all complement each other. The drums are amazing too, and the keyboard use is very effective in certain songs, especially The Grand Conjuration. All the songs on this album are good, none are what I consider a weak track. I have not heard the original CD but I'd imagine it is much the same, though I must say I like the new packaging, but the DVD didn't really do anything for me since I already had the video of The Grand Conjuration, and when I watched the behind the scenes footage this was all relatively new to me, so I was unfamiliar with band members etc.
All in all a great album, certainly worth a buy if you're at all interested in Death/Prog/Folk, or metal in general, it is very high class. For me I'm still not sure which I prefer out of this and my recently purchased copy of 'Blackwater Park', but I would say this just edges it out.