this is the first watain album i have bought and i have to say, i really wish i'd heard them before now. after reading really good reviews in metal hammer and terrorizer i thought i'd give them a go. when i first heard it i thought "this is alright, not too bad", as you would guess i hadn't paid enough attention to the album. one year later and i have to say that i kept listening to it and with each listen i began realize what i'd bought, one of the best albums of last year, of any metal genre, not just black metal. yes the album is catchy in places, yes it has a really good clear sound, and yes it has guitar solos, but i don't care if that doesn't make it black metal, this album is amazing and i love it.
on the strength of this album i have quickly bought sworn the dark and casus luciferi, both of which are really good as well and worth buying, just give them a fair few listens before making your opinion final.