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Prog metal done right: lighter on prog and heavy on riffs and atmosphere. There's also impressive neoclassical technicality in the soloing, coupled with conceptual novel-esque lyrical storytelling rivaling King Diamond and also shades of Edgar Allen Poe. I feel like I've been transported to a haunted Victorian estate. The band is somewhat of a super group, and it's unclear as to whether they will continue making music under this name because I think the drummer died before its release. Nocturnes and Requiems was released earlier this year. Initially, I wasn't sure if I was into it, but after repeated listening it has become one of my favorite albums so far this year.

Who are you? The prince of darkness? Don't you have any friends?