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on 18 July 2008
After the promising direction Paradise Lost's previous album took, I can't help but feel disappointed with this one. Most of the songs just don't stand out to me, instead they feel like generic pop gothic metal songs. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but previous albums like Icon, Draconian Times and Paradise Lost have set the standard so high that in comparison this album sounds terribly bland on the whole. There are a few highlights, such as "Prelude to Descent" which showcases what Paradise Lost are best at: powerful, moody gothic metal. Unfortunately, the highlights are let down by the weaker songs, such as "The Enemy" or the cringeworthy cover of Everything But the Girl's "Missing".
While not a bad album by any means, it still sounds too generic to my ears.