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★★☆☆ Here is an album that is trying its damnedest to get me to hate it immediately. The amateurish album art, the stubbornly raw production, the tired opening gambit… all of these are sure signs of tiredness, if not vacuity. But push past the first impressions, and you may be surprised by the latest from these Norwegian black metal legends. Here is an earnest and catchy accessibility, a freshness even as the band cling to a nostalgic kind of faithfulness to what once was.