This is a considerable improvement over Flesh Cathedral, and is a worthy entry into the debate of the best black metal album of 2018. Svartidaudi has evolved beyond relying extensively on the aesthetics and song structures of a certain other foundational black metal band, and is now its own beast - confident, immensely talented, and with a distinct vision of atmospheric black metal. This is not the fastest, most technical, most aggressive or most ominous black metal album to be released this year, but it is so much more than the sum of its parts, and taken as a whole remains an exemplary statement of musical extremity. Fans of Icelandic and French black metal will love this, but really, all fans of black metal in general would do well to listen to this a few times at the very least, in the dark, with headphones, while lying down. Revel in the heat death of the universe!
Favorite track: Sol Ascending.