There's much more ambient noodling on here than there was on Return (which is arguably the better album), but Old Gods is still an absolutely wonderful surprise for what has been a fairly dull February. Strangely enough, out of the album's 7 tracks, only 2 of them ("The Lion" and "St. Peter," the former of which has some pretty damned awesome Jesu-esque singing and the latter of which once again brings into play the tortured shrieks of Return) are full-on post-metaltastic songs of the type displayed on Return and Blessings. The others are post-rocky tracks and ambient interludes that are a lot less boring than you might think.
As others have said, not as bombastic as 'Return'. However, this is still bloody awesome. Muted vocals undermine epic riffing in "St. Peter" and "The Lion", what sound like chanting is also present on said tracks. Within the remaining tracks one can see the band returning to their more instrumental side that has suited them so well from album to album. Drone and ambient elements also show their faces now and again. A surprising release that is among the best 2012 has had to offer so far. Check it out.