The atmosphere that Katatonia create on this album is essentially the same as they always do but it’s harder to pin down, it seems to be constantly shifting. The comforting darkness and encompassing melancholy is both cold and warm which makes little sense in words but musically it’s as clear as crystal. The dissonant guitars alongside the soft and dreary lullabies of vocalist Jonas Renkse work beautifully. There is a very slight shift into a more progressive sound. At times it even sounds like their good friends Opeth. I hope they don't go as far down that silly road as Opeth did.