Satyricon's second album finds them turning up their game a notch and diversifying their sound a little. In some sections of the album, the sheer fury of the band rivals Mayhem at their most violent. (Most musically violent that is - no musicians were harmed in the making of this album.) At other points, the band put a greater emphasis and show greater skill in their use of synthesisers, creating a sense of grandeur reminiscent of Emperor. (Appropriately, given that this album features Samoth guesting on bass in one of his last performances before his mid-1990s jail stint for church burning... Varg was a bad influence on the lad.)
With the increased sharpness of the band's compositional skills and improved production, the album is much more distinctive than Dark Medieval Times, and a good thing too - this musical evolution would save the band from being also-rans of the black metal scene and pave the way to future success.