So, for the people that keep trying to defend this album… the ex-guitar player when asked about the new album:
I've gotta tell you — I don't like the new material. I think it sounds like all the things that the band said that we weren't gonna be.
"When I was in the band, it was, 'We don't drop-tune — we tune standard 'cause we're a rock band — it's all tongue-in-cheek, nothing's serious. And now it's drop-tuned, it's serious subject matter, and it's not something I wanted to be a part of. It's like, wow, we were supposed to be a fun band that pissed people off, not a pissed off band that is writing…
Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary