A good introduction
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What we have here is a double album which is very good for someone who is either new to the underground Black Metal scene or for whatever reason just doesnt want to buy about two dozen mostly imported cds. This volume deals mostly with the Norse bands and includes such big names as Emperor, Dark Funeral, Mayhem and Enslaved. For being a compilation the style rarely changes relying on mostly the earlier Black Metal sound (fast high pitched guitars, screeched vocals, occasional keyboards). So, if one has heard the more high profile black metal bands (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth...etc) and wishes to discover several other bands, this would be a good place to start. The only short coming is the total lack of unreleased tracks, in other words, if you already have CDs by most of these bands, there is no point in purchasing this."
Great Black Metal Collection
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before purchasing this cd I'd only heard of Satyricon in the underground Black Metal scene. When I first bought the cd and listened to it it all sounded the same to me, I mean screaching daemon like vocals and fast bass drum, high-hat and guitar, I though there wasn't much you could do with that. After a few hours of listening to it I began to listen more closly and began to rekognize each bands certain style enjoying it more and mor everytime I listened to it. This compilation basically blew my mind into loving the entire black metal scene, esp the Scandinavian aspect of it. I totally reckomend it for someone looking for something awsome and really hard to listen to."