First off, let me say that this album almost got lost on my hard drive in the midst of things. I'm glad it didn't, as this is a pleasant surprise. Nothing new, necessarily, but well worth a listen if you appreciate old fashioned Norwegian black-metal. As these dudes hail from Norway, its no wonder they so skillfully conjure the second wave chill of earlier bands from the same region. There is a nice level of variation on this album, in terms of pace and guitars. The vocals are a grim reminder of how black-metal should sound: melancholic, evil, and savage. I'm especially fond of the art work on the cover. It recalls the desolate emotion I think we're all bound to face at one time or another; the feeling of being thrown into the chaos of life, surrounded by a foreign wilderness. Nothing left to do but inhale the winter wind and let yourself become bitter through and through!