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✦✦✧✧ Merry Christmas! I got you a present… assuming of course that you are a fan of cacophonous, shrill, self-indulgent lunacy. Liturgy’s avant-black-metal is tempered here with digital frippery and all manner of orchestral instruments (sampled or otherwise) that have no business near an amplifier. This album is just begging me to give it a 1-star review. But there’s also something about it that defies simple dismissal: you may not like what you hear, but you can’t deny that the folks on this album certainly sound like they’re fully engaged with this madness.