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Wow, these English veterans are still able to deliver - after 21 years, this masterpiece is their album #12! But to be honest, none of us ever complained about the Gothic Metal icon's work lacking atmosphere, anyway. Nevertheless, some PL tracks of the last years were a tad shallow - but not these: every single one of the ten songs is a sharp knife. "The rise of denial", in spite of its irresistible groove, is one of the band's most aggressive compositions since those glory days of "Icon" (1993). "Last regret" is the most appealing anthem the blokes have ever conceived, and the complex arrangement of "As horizons end" with its capricious, yet comprehensible ups and downs is simply brilliant. Front man Nick Holmes sings as soulful and deep (at least, sometimes) as he hasn't done for a long time. An awesome symbiosis of emotion and technique, a milestone in the band's oevre - and for the genre itself.