If I were a vulgar young man I would reel off a list of superlatives to describe the intensity and diversity of this magnificent Swedish made long player. However I will choose a more tender approach. I first got into Cult of Luna in 2003 with their 'The Beyond' release. I had recently got involved with bands such as Neurosis and Isis and they fitted in nicely alongside them. However last year, when I went to Roskilde I was somewhat blase about seeing them. I just thought they would be a pleasant alternative to Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was wrong. They were so much more. The minute they came on, basked in red light, four individuals, their guitars siloheted in the smoke, I knew it was going to be special. The main reason for this was the fact that they played the majority of the songs from this album. This album is different to their others (all of which I now own as indebtitude to this release) inasmuch that it is softer, more textured. It builds slowly, more slower than other albums and therefore more rewarding. You find yourself waiting longer for the inevitable crescendos therefore when they do eventually come you feel like youve earned it and appreciate it more. Dont get me wrong, this album is aggressive but more sparsely so. I blew off a lot of steam at that performance in Denmark, at one point during an endorphine hazed climax I just yelled for two minutes. At the end of the gig I just stood and stared, dumbstruck. On my return I immediately bought this album and I still lie down in bed in complete darkness listening to 'Dim' just build and build and build, layer after layer, until it finally explodes and wonder if I will ever hear a better song. Needless to say, if you like aggressive but melodic metal, or even post-rock, then you need to listen to this essential album.