I could only not give this album a 5th star because of some minor complaints, which i will get to later. First off, this is not a CD for the weak of heart, some truely HEAVY and BRUTAL black metal is encased within this cd. However, Chapter II also appears to have something for everyone, dark, gothic parts, thrashy crunchfests, as well as your traditional dark/black metal elements. Musicianship is definately top notch here, obviously everything was crafted wisely down to the last beat.
Now for my lone complaints. The vocals do tend to get semi annoying at some points. The echo on the vocals gets used often, which kind of takes away from the album. The clean voice is heavenly, almost like a progressive beauty gone goth, i would love to see more use of those vocals. Other than that, this album is very solid from a large up and coming act that is playing very intelligent and diverse black metal.
If you are into the black metal genre, i also highly recommend Darkthrone, whom is a legend in the field, as well as Bathory. Don't limit yourselves to the industry elite such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth. While both are very good in their own regard, the underground possesses some of the strongest acts today!