Basically, this is the polar opposite of Heliogabulus in terms of speed, conciseness, and aggression. It's also the most obscenely dark, crushing, and apocalyptic album of 2013 so far, and it's the most bleak thing I've heard in years. I mean, seriously: I don't know what the band were going through when they wrote this but I'm assuming it was some hella nasty shit.
Holy fuck this album is pure fucking evil, seriously some twisted, heavy shit. If Heliogabalus was too slow and plodding for you, Vilavege presents itself as that album's counterpart- fast, frenetic, and similarly vicious and filled with vitriol.
All the moments where this album comes together to form either beautiful melodies or harsh rhythms are poked full of holes by all that the album does wrong. Lack of direction and momentum throughout kills the whole experience. The mood is meant to be as bleak and hopeless as possible. Well done... but not in the right ways.
The best of its kind. Instead of using their black metal influences to sound majestically edgy or "proggy", they do it to sound the god damned apocalypse in the most barren and assaulting way possible. A definite atmospheric sludge metal classic.