All in all, The Maniacal Vale is a true masterpiece of funeral doom. It must be listened to over and over again, for each time the multilayered soundscape has something new to offer. For a doom metal fan this album is an obvious add to the CD-shelf. Even so, Esoteric is definitely not for everyone. The depression and hatred swarming out of every seam is overwhelmingly powerful. In fact, for most people, simply the droning pace and minimalistic overview are probably enough to turn down the invitation.