Okay, this album is really impressive, no doubt. But it's somehow suppressing, too! The band comes from the Russian Kaliningrad and play a complicated variation of Symphonic Black Metal, which somehow reminds of an unholy crossbreed between CRADLE OF FILTH and THERION.
To add is the whole Baltic Symphony Orchestra and the Prussian standard choir. So, the word "symphonic" is really no exaggeration!!! However, the whole thing doesn't blew me away because there lacks of a certain catchiness. Single passages are furiously staged, technically sophisticated, but where is it that catchiness? Nothing will remain in your mind. TVANGESTE entangle themselves often in turns, breaks and bombast and forget the song as such.
Too bad because like I said - it's truly impressive what befalls the listener. (Online January 9, 2004)