For Emperor's first release, this is raw black metal that has the poorly recorded sound to it. Two songs also sound a little bit like some of Darkthrone's first demos. Overall, Emperor truly showed themselves as some of the pioneers of Norwegian Black Metal on this first release.
Raw, undignified, grim and unrelenting, Emperor's first release would seem to be a horrific package lacking any sort of quality to speak of. However, the actual music buried under its nearly nonexistent production is so effective that it almost achieves the seemingly impossible. Redeeming qualities might not become apparent at first, but the grizzly, haunting nature present manages to rise above the album's fundamental shortcoming to provide a constantly interesting experience.