I approached this album somewhat skeptically. I had already purchased ‘A Blaze in the Northern Sky’ and ‘Under a Funeral Moon’ on the recommendations of others and found it hard for me to really get into those releases. That’s not to say I find them bad albums, not at all, just difficult albums. Well after reading all of the mixed reviews for this album I finally decided to hear it for myself. And boy am I glad I did. Personally I didn’t find the raw, underproduced sound of the album at all grating. In fact I feel that it is absolutely essential to the hazy atmosphere of the album and just as necessary a component as the music itself. The music itself as others have said is very simple and repepitive. The point of this album (I think) is not to dazzle the listener with technical multipart songs, but through the atmosphere and repepitive minimalistic quality of the music to bring the listener to a hypnotic state. I think many of the criticisms of this album are misplaced because they are expecting it to be something it has no intention of being or simply the reviewers cannot appreciate what it is the band is going for here. If you read any of my other reviews you know that I am far from a black metal elitist (I like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir). In fact I find the whole black metal elistist mentality utterly absurd. Nevertheless this album stands on the weight of its own integrity aside from how troo, cvlt and grim it may be. Get it.