When this record is put on, people tend to either run out of the room or start yelling "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!"

IC Rex is solo-project/band of Cinatas, former Tunrida member. His debut album has gathered mostly negative reviews due to the production, which is disorted and blown out to the extreme. When I played this on one pair of stereos, the record sounded very strange and I feared I broke the stereos but apparently it was due to the production.

The music in itself is some of the best symphonic black metal I have heard. It takes time to get used to the production, but it is very rewarding. And don't degrade this because I said symphonic. This is black metal to the core and has nothing to do with bands like Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth.

The cover art is okay. It is nice to have both finnish and english lyrics but the font is so small you gotta have magnifying glass to read the lyrics. The lyrics in itself are great. One of the rare case where black metal lyrics sound good in Finnish.

As bottomline, I say that this is the record from IC Rex that I recommend. On the other ones the production is "toned down" and the music loses some of it's power.

8½ / 10