I've listened to the album and frankly i love it!
Its not as catchy as people claim it to be. Its catchier than previous albums definetly, but a regular lets say "evanscence" fan wont be completely drawn to this album unless they have some level of IQ, sadly enough evanescence and IQ dont mix togetehr, anyway before i turn this into bash amy-lee
the album is quite good, not so complex, not so heavy, but Tristania made a new forumla nad it works magically, Vibeke and Osten deliver vocals which are just purely amazing, I prefered Osten since I always found him a bit underappreciated but in songs like Fate, The Ravens, The End of Open ground he shows amazing potential; Fate is my fav song of hte album so far. As for vibeke this is probably her most solid performance yet, her vocals are more varied, more unique and much better than on ashes.
As for the whole mood of the album I can say its more of a doomy album than gothic rock, am quite sure it cant be considered rock, look at the style of lacrimas profundere whom are gothic rock and compare them to tristania no similarities. And there are some great musical sections that make you want to repeat the song over and over again
I Like the approaches major bands are heading, My Dying Bride didn't have any growls on thier new album, although I love to hear Aron growl his lungs out, but the music is amazing, emotional and addictive. And so is Illumination