Sound — 8
My impression of this album is awesome, but it seems like many other people are upset with this new CD but why Concept albums are not new in black metal it's fairly common and Dimmu's version is well done. The sound of the album is powerful and invoking, it's definitely a live based CD though. The story of the album is about a monk from medieval era realizing that Christianity is a lie and becoming Satanic; or at least that's what I have collected from the lyrics. The drumming on this album is new standard as far as I am concerned, Hellhammer really out did himself. The guitars are fast and melodic.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrics are great as anything else I have heard in Black Metal. Vortex gives great soaring Vocals, and Shagrath sounds good (even though many feel that his voice is silly sounding). Like I said before the lyrics and music are greatly based for a live audience, so it's seems a little open on the CD but I assure you that the live show really gives a great impression. Best lyrics of the CD are on The Fundamental Alienation and The Foreshadowing Furnace in my opinion.
Overall Impression — 9
Even though lot's of people say that is was not the stand out best Extreme metal Album in 2007 being overshadowed by Machine head, and few others I think this CD is still worth a buy. As far as the masses go who say that they are too commercial and processed and that Concept CD's are stupid just ignore them and listen to it for yourself cause after all, you are the finale word. Best thing about it is the powerful lyrics and strong riffs.