one of the best black metal cd's I've ever heard...and what's interesting is they did it without all the makeup and ridiculous outfits that so many of their peers in this style of metal tend to do. great intrumentals all around especially for drummer Samus who is a recent addition to the band within the past several months. all of the orchestrations and keyboard work is also of note due to the fact that they were able to weave and mesh so well with the guitars and they didn't sound as if they were ment to draw the attention away from everything else but rather to add to it. the guitar solo on "The World Beyond" is also incredible. all tracks on this cd are great but if I had to pick my favorites then here they are: "The World Beyond", "Into the Ashes", "Empyrean: Into the Cold Wastes", and "The Departure". definitely worth double the money spent to purchase this. if you are into metal and especially black metal, you'd be a fool to pass up this album. so go buy it now...like right now...seriously.
I would recommend this to a friend