The twinkly little sounds of the intro might inspire you to think this is going to be a lovely melodic wander through gentle pastoral fields of pleasant sound…until of course it all goes to hell with a little electronic stab, primitive drumming and guest vocals by Satan. Cor Cordium was my introduction to this band and I enjoyed it a lot. This album is still clearly the same band but having moved on and redesigned themselves, while still keeping in touch with the darkness that leads to them creating such a distinctively twisted sound. The experimental side of the band gets full reign, whether it’s through the insane vocalizations of the singer, or the abstract noises and shrieks that she’s fencing with, but it’s all underpinned by the evil, pulsating but heavily rhythmic drums that define this as music rather than some sort of Satanic ritual. Evangelista drops in to perform a guest vocal (as does Alan Dubin) and they both contribute to memorable efforts but the star of the show is Stefania. Check out the songs where she adds what sounds like some sort of Aramaic death lament over the top of her own demonically possessed vocals (“Harmonia Macroscosmica” and “Abisso”) and it might inspire you to find religion….just as a precaution. The whole thing positively drips with primal evil and barbaric sex appeal and it gets better and better with every listen, while completely defying comparison with anything other than themselves. For a band to sound this interesting and fresh after twelve or so albums is remarkable and it’s clear that they thrive on frightening as many listeners as they can.