Nature sounds start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while t he vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the riffs also add in a lot of melody.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also having its epic moments.
All of the drum beats are also programmed along with some of the music also showing some influences of the more melodic side of death metal. When acoustic guitars are utilized they also bring in some elements of folk music as well as one track also introducing clean Viking vocals onto the album and as the album progresses a brief instrumental can also be heard. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover epic themes.
In my opinion Grendel are a very great sounding epic Viking black metal band with elements of folk music and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Mortal Fight" "Behind the Clouds" and "Ashes". 8 out of 10.