Building on the success of Colony. The Swedish metal band follow it up with this polished gem. The heavier side of the band is toned down (a tend that will continue for the remainder of their work) while the frantic yet intricate guitars of Bjorn Gelotte and Jesper Stromblad are brought to the fore. The vocals of Anders Friden are haunting yet melodic, his voice perfectly suiting the new direction of the band. The new sound is heavy without aggression, melodic while intricate, fast paced yet unhurried. The writing is their best so far, the production values top notch and every track is different but part of a connected whole.