I did not see the thrash element coming. This is weird. If he outsourced a drummer, cool, but holy hell, rein him in! That kind of "hot shit on the boo-bams" is not required nor needed for black metal. His voice has progressed nicely. Riffs are good, but too self-aware.
Snowland was pure expression, this is treading familiar waters. I like it, wasn't expecting it to be what it is, and am ultimately not wanting to listen to it much more than I have.