Unmistakably Satyricon, same scales, similar speeds, very formulaic, fits right in with their other albums. But as always, they have some killer riffs and the execution just wants you to start head banging right away. I can only imagine how awesome it must be to see these guys touring for this album. I can totally see the whole crowd head banging and jumping up and down in sync cos its easy, no complex time signatures, straight forward, punchy, slow in your face riffs.
So why 4 stars and not 5. I had to cut one star because of recording quality. Based on Now Diabolical and Volcano, I had certain expectations for the recording quality of their new album. Satyricon has been one of the better recorded metal albums and Volcano has been one of my reference metal recordings. This album just sounds compressed, clips all over the place, there is no definition in the treble, the crashes are distorted, guitar isnt clear and punchy like their earlier albums. The whole thing sounds warmer, and distorted. I don’t know if this was intentional, but I much prefer the cleaner sound of their earlier albums.