Good review, I concur with a lot of the points. I feel the album needed more experimentation and it feels like Mikael held back a lot of the time in that regard. But the album does have some great bits, and I love the inclusion of the flute and percussion, WE NEED MORE OF THAT! And whats with Mikael not soloing? I think he's becoming a lot like Steven Wilson with the whole "being the director and composer while letting the other musicians play the instruments."
Digging: Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath