Sound — 10
This is my favorite Mayhem album because I feel like for the first time Mayhem really expirements and ascends beyond the realms of basic black metal. The guitar riffs are unconventional and intelligent and they create such a black atmosphere. Blasphemer's vision combined with Hellhammer's consistently stunning drum prowess, combinded with Necrobutcher's solid bass, and Maniac's maniacal vocals create what Mayhem is all about and this album is the only one that I feel really shows off what this incarnation of Mayhem is capable of and unfortunately you'll never see Mayhem like this again.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics were no more or less than you'd expect from Mayhem. For black metal fans, the lyrics are fine and serve their purpose because in black metal the atmosphere the overall music creates is what's important. The lyrics don't really stand out. There is nothing more to say than that.
Overall Impression — 10
This is the pinnacle of all black metal. It is more honest and down to earth than anything Dimmu Borgir is capable of, and it does everything that De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas wanted to do and there is no bad songwriting to cover up with horrible recording quality. This is perfect black metal.