I was initially quite disappointed with this album - having listened to Midian, I was unimpressed with Dani's rather monotonous rasping vocals. Over the weeks, however, this album spent more and more time in my CD player - it needs some effort to get into it, but once you're there, it rocks! The drumming on this CD is *AMAZING*; why is this sound not used anymore? The riffs are intricate and crisp, and suck you into the melodies; with the guitars very low in the mix, this creates a distinctive sound that emphasises the complex rhythms of songs like tracks 3, and 8. The epic, Grand-Guignol bombast of Midian is lacking, but the haunting, desolate synths of Summer Dying Fast and To Eve the Art of Witchcraft more than compensate. Also, am I alone in thinking that the ending of Summer Dying is just SOOOOOO beautiful? Buy this album. I won't say it's better or worse than Midian, just different.