As with Theatre of Tragedy's previous albums, the lyrics are written in Early Modern English which sounds very different from modern English: 'Vaunt! - Devil tyne - Wadst thou wane fore'ermae? (from the song "Angélique"). The subject matter is drawn from a range of European folklore and history: Venus and Poppæa are from Roman sources; Aœde, Cassandra, Bacchante and Siren are drawn from Greek mythology; while Lorelei refers to a Nix from German stories.
A limited edition release contains a bonus track, "Samantha", which appears between "Siren" and "Venus". The Japanese release of the album contains a second bonus track, "Virago", which appears after "Bacchante".