For me this was my first heavy Opeth album to get into. After thoroughly enjoying heritage then damnation I decided to dwell in their heavy side. Starting with album was probably a bad move, but i persisted to gain appreciation for this album. Even for the first 5-7 listens I still found it quite boring at times. So a few times a week I would chuck this on, slowly getting into it. Then I got mega baked and lay in bed with my head phones LOUD. Everything clicked. Also about the whole Dirge for November dragging on, I thought that proved it more effective by digging deeper and deeper into the dirge if that makes sense?