I'm conflicted on this one so far. The arrangements are mostly quite solid, the instrumentation is tight and, by BM standards, fairly technical, the vocals are appropriately grating, and some of the more unorthodox flourishes thrown in (often seemingly at random) can be great. However, these flourishes as often seem glaringly out of place, and while the clean production job does showcase the band members' instrumental prowess, it robs the album of the rawness and atmosphere that I feel is almost essential to black metal. This album feels too safe, though I hope my opinion changes.
Favorite track: (Dolce et Decorum est) Pro Patria Mori.