From the moment you drop the needle, the album literally beckons you with the opening line: "Enter the Moonlight Gate!". From there you are pummeled with blisteringly fast power chords, ferocious blast beats and some of the harshest black metal shrieks your ears ever had the misfortune to be exposed to. The whole album itself is quite brutal and very fast, dominated by blastbeats, lightning fast tremolo picking and screeching/growling vocals. Exceptions are "Forlorn in Silence", a fabulous acoustic piece with intricate licks and just an awesome overall atmosphere, "Path With Endless Horizons" and "Lamia" - both feature great melodic guitars and good female vocal additions. This album tantalizes you with beautiful melody, ensnares you with its venom tipped hooks, and then drags you down with the weight of its melancholy. This is a masterpiece that truly needs to be heard by anyone who considers themselves a fan of the extreme metal genre.