I'll be brief with both, they let me down.
COC hailed this one as a return to form with the re-emergence of Pepper Keenan in the line-up. What I hear is a lot of sludgy compositions better invested in Down rather than this band. To think that 1991's Blind is still the best with Keenan in it... *sigh*
I keep looking up to Ihsahn as the creative wonder who would bring back quality black metal prog to the fore like what Prometheus did when Emperor bowed out. He had been largely experimental in all his releases but this one is trying to showcase some niceness to what would have been bludgeoning metal if things were kept in check. Only two worthy songs here... *sigh*