Sound — 9
Moving away from their black metal roots to a more rock-driven sound, Dissection's final album is without question their heaviest to date. Production is clear and precise. Guitars lay enchanting melodies over simple, yet powerful riffs. Drums serve their purpose, though they do little to add to the album outside of providing a steady beat.
Lyrics — 9
Wonderfully composed lyrics referencing a slew of invocations and infernal deities take the listener on a romantic journey through the bowels of Hell. The influence of the MLO (Misanthropic Luciferian Order)on Jon's songwriting can be clearly felt. Vocals are harshly growled, though intelligible, and passionate. And the addition of background vocals by female singer Nyx 218 is a beautifully haunting compliment on the closing track, Maha Kali.
Overall Impression — 10
Veteran Dissection fans may be disappointed in the departure from their original sound, and they have every right to be. Though change is not always a bad thing, as lyrics and music flow together seamlessly, and any other style would not suit the intent of this album. For in the end, Dissection brings us perhaps the most authentic Satanic work ever composed. So, whether you're a metal elitist or just a fan of good music, this album is definitely a must-have.