Released: Apr 2012
Label: Century Media
Mature, melodramatic, full of tasteful guitar leads, and straightforward to an almost stodgy degree, the British dark-metal progenitors' 13th studio set forgoes their past synth-goth damage for a more trad aesthetic. It's deliberate and dank, explicitly celebrating "death and remorse," but not in a hellish way. "Theories From Another World," for instance, is fairly conventional despite its tentatively monkish middle. Especially given Nick Holmes' Hetfield-humorless grunting, the overall effect can come off a bit dull, but the album is song-conscious enough that it could well be a grower.