Vocalist Yui has never embodied her role as “Empress” of the evil Fairy Empire as fully as she does in the age of villains. Her “Dictator for Life” persona was the focus of 2015’s SHADOW CORPS[e], and we got a glimpse of further evolution in the fantastical imagery of 2017’s flamma idola, but her combination of authority, seductiveness, and unpredictable intensity throughout this album is both fearsome and magnetic. From whispered horror in the prologue “A Treatise of Villainy” to escalated madness of “Eclipsed” to her dramatic narrative in “Phantom Terror”, Yui’s vocal performance holds your attention like a clawed hand around the throat.