Seldom should black metal of any breed sound so, er, flameless. Not that its sheen ain't regularly pretty-n-pummeling or he don't bring the overall genre-given goodz; albeit in his overly automated and rather boilerplate way. But this is precise to the point of lassitude, predictable and calculated to a languid fault. Tries so earnestly to be epic but is oft too restrained+rigorous to bear real vigor or emotion. It does get me groanin' during both soft and loud stuff though, so there's that. Perhaps I'd prefer an abyss.