Once again, these legendary Norwegians see their albums released in the U.S.A. for the first time. Their first three CDs are available at a domestic price that is well worth it. Just like their previous CD, this is a continuous journey into sound that defies classification. "Closing In" is a much more powerful and electrically charged open than the last CD. The male vocals here are understandable, but softer. You almost have to put your ear to the speaker to hear what he is saying. It's not as Folk like as before.
The female vocals that are oh so beautiful return again with "Cell". This time around not only are the Folk like and pagan influences with violins in here, but the sounds get a bit trippy and strange giving the song a more ethereal feel that is just as enthralling as their other work. The male and female join in together in haunting harmony in a very spiced up tune that is "Vanish In The Basement". The classical touch added to this song makes it classy and untouchable. The CD is much slower than "Omnio", but still exercises unique compositions that are unmatched.
"Generally More Worried…" is much heavier and harder than the last couple of tracks and regains your interest quickly. The guitar riffs on "Path Of The Righteous" sounds like a KATATONIA riff that they would use. Things go into progressive mode as well which really picks up the pace and makes sure that you are still listening. The songs here are much shorter than before, but at the same time not as memorable as "Omnio". They are still composed well, but not as bombastic in sound. They opt for more of a tripped out, progressive vibe.
The good part is that the songs are shorter and will require more attention and you will have to be in a real mellow mood to listen to this one. Also, the songs don't have that campfire feel as "Omnio" did. (Online December 26, 2003)