Saturnus fans hold this band very close to heart. Their organic, soft and unobtrusive approach to metal is unparalelled, and even bands that they have been compared to (the usual Peaceville lot -My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise lost) sound altogether very different. The musical expression on this album is truly remarkable. The opener, 'paradise belongs to you' unravels like a bitter-sweet story, all moaning vocals, lush leads and big yet simple bassy riffs, probably one of the best opening tunes I have heard. The rest of the album oscillates between sheer class ('Christ Goodbye' is considered by many as an underground metal classic -check out the live version on the '...lonely nights' E.P, full chorus and chanting and the works) and also, sadly, some truly abysmal moments. 'The fall of Nakkiel' starts off as a sweet, summery tune, all beautiful harmonies and flutes, the feat of folksy metal finally achieved with class until those awful, awful, awful vocals kick in. Things pick up on the other tunes, and my favourite track 'I love thee' is so touching and gentle and beautiful in its simplicity of words, in its build-up, in its lush harmonies, it'll move you to tears. A must for those into all things melancholic, epic and metal.