Sound: Despite the very punk title F.O.A.D. has a great black metal sound, and if you ignore the fact that the bass drums sounds like somebody is lightly taping the microphone, a much better production. Instruments are represented well in the mix, the bass is much more active, this album also features a NWOBHM vibe on a couple of songs. // 8
Lyrics: Fenriz and Culto share the vocals on this release, Culto is the better singer though Fenriz is much better than the earlier albums like "Panzerfaust", both edge towards a half-clean half-shriek style.
The lyrics defer from song to song, there is the punk/NWOBHM stuff like "Raised on Rock" and "F--k Off And Die" or the traditional lyrics on "These Shores Are Dammed". // 7
Overall Impression: The punk element is at some points a good thing, it does bring a fresher sound but it also robs the album of its heaviness, more traditional songs have more gravitas. Hardcore fans will find at least a song or two of their liking and dismiss the rest, less conservative listeners will find a good mix of genres. I like the album as a whole, but my favorites are "Pervertor Of The Seven Gates", "Banners Of Old" and "Wisdom Of The Dead". // 7