The only reason I gave this album 4 stars is because of a few albums that are masterpieces: Nile- In Their Darkened Shrines, Cryptopsy- None So Vile and Origin- Informis Infifnitas Inhumanitas. This album is right under the masterpieces, along with Krisiun, Hate Eternal and other extremely brutal bands. I loved this album as soon as I had my first listening.
Production: The production is prettty good. It's better than Hate Eternal's King of All Kings, but not as good as In Their Darkened Shrines. The guitar has a very raw sound to it, sounds very much like Origin's guitars. The drums sound how they should, tight and powerful double-bass, tight snare and tomms and theatrical cymbols. The singing could be a little louder, but just a bit. As for the bass, you can't hear it.
Musicianship: I would say that all of the members of Myrkskog are genius. The guitarist/lead vocalist is incredible. He does some trippy/technical soloing that almost puts you in a trans, as well as makes up some of the most evil riffs I've ever heard.
The drummer is a machine that won't stop. The drums are what make this album so fast. It is a relentless display of double-bass and blast beats with flavor. The bassist, you can't hear him.
Songwriting: The best thing about this album is that the songwriting is spectacular. Unlike Krisiun or most Hate Eternal, every song has its own feel, and their all great. As with all albums there are stand out tracks, but this album is easy to sit down and listen all the way through with. The best way to explain this album is, Deicide's- Legion and Hate Eternal's- King of All Kings blended together. It has the fast head banging, palm-muted chords like Legion with the evil riffs, soloing and vocals of King of All Kings, while the drumming leans toward King of All Kings speed. Hate Eternal's drummer, Derek Roddy, along with a few others is one of the fastest drummers on the planet, so don't expect the thundering rolls and fills that Derek dishes out for Hate Eternal with Myrkskog.
Basically, if your favorite albums are Legion and King of All Kings, this album was made for you. If not and you like really brutal Death Metal you definetly should check this album out.
What's faster?: Nile: In Their Darkened Shrines, Origin: Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas, Hate Eternal: King of All Kings, Angelcorpse: Exterminate and The Innexorable, Cryptopsy: None So Live