I've finally got my hand on this release, the one I've been craving ever since I absorbed its predecessor, "Tuonela". If you've read my review of "Alone", then you should already know that this album is in the vein of "Tuonela", yet the band manages to further their ongoing progression.
You'll notice that this album is a little more upbeat compared to "Tuonela", but still contains those melodic parts that made that album so great. Also, we have an even higher mix of flutes, saxophone, etc. which really add to the atmosphere being portrayed.
Pasi's vocals are better than ever, and seem to improve with each release. Completely gone are the Death-vocals. He, instead, opts to use an occasional Death-growl/grunt to accent certain areas of songs. But that's OK with me, because even though "Greed" was a killer-song, it wasn't my favourite from "Tuonela". So, if you were holding onto the hope that Pasi would let his Death Metal-urges take over, please leave.
However, if you're looking for a great Rock-album, mixed with elements of Folk and Metal, then by all means, pick this one up.