This album starts with something that has always been in abundance in black metal: a soft, dark ambient musical intro. It seems that these intros usually precede a raw blast of metal...that is true in this case, but the tracks contain both abrasive riffs and melodic music, usually alternating but sometimes together. By the fourth track, the songs become more melodic than abrasive, but no less black metal; in fact, it is somewhat common, and might be becoming more common for this genre. The production is nice, adequate but nothing over the top, which is preferred by black metal artists and fans.
I find Nerthag's vocals somewhat notable. Not the typical tight-codpiece screech that most metalheads associate with the black metal genre. He sings in a raspy style that stands near the line between extreme and harsh, and sounds almost shouty. In the track "Moth", one of the longest and most melodic, clean vocals are included; not necessarily melodious, definitely not operatic, but listenable and befitting the music. The clean vocals also sound almost shouty.
Personal rating: 7/10
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