No matter what anyone says, image plays a huge role in music. IMPERIAL CRYSTALLINE ENTOMBMENT have taken the torch from now defunct Immortal and ran with it. Like frozen, evil wizards from the north pole, they play some intense black-iced metal that really caught my attention. Nothing new is brought to the table here vocally as the mid toned growling takes precedence over most of the tracks but they are a good fit to the speeding glacial attacks. Drumming makes or breaks a band in this genre and this guy is lightning fast and hammers some insane blasts pretty much nonstop throughout the entire disc. Some haunting chord structures really take this disc to another level, never really slowing the pace down but giving the main structures room to breathe some icy-cold air. If you are ever unlucky enough to be chased down and killed by the Abominable Snowman...this is the music that will be playing in the background as you meet your demise!!!
Bottom Line: Great, unrelenting black/speed metal that one-ups all the satanic goat head bands out there with their "cooler" image.