If Mr. Bungle went into a recording studio with Dimmu Borgir, had composition coaching from Theory In Practice, then sent the mix to Richard James......This album is amazing. It has a black metal taste all over it, but it also has a much more unique atmosphere than most black metal albums. I don't even know if this IS black metal (I hate to use categories with music anyway), but it is excellent music. Ephel Duath are an amazing band, and this album is testament to that. I don't see how anyone looking for some original, unique, metallic music couldn't enjoy this album or this band.
Some reviews on here seem to want the reader to think that this album is just layered noise, or incomprehensible, but that is NOT true. I really think that those reviewers don't listen to death metal/black metal/whatever that often. If someone can listen and comprehend Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, Ajattara, Emperor, etc. then they will have no problem comprehending this offering from Ephel Duath. Quite frankly, I don't even know what the hell those reviewers are talking about. They obviously don't listen to many metal bands/albums.
Some other excellent bands: Canvas Solaris, VUVR, Alarum, and Augury