'Covenant' is an excellent example of metal music betraying a pop aesthetic. Far more accessible then the prior three albums, it works extremely well on many levels; not least being extremely catchy and simplistic yet also complex (oh, the paradox of a good metal album, eh?) at other points.
Lyrically it also works well, which is no great surprise, Morbid Angel providing some of the better lyrics within metal IMO. 'God of Emptiness' may be easier to get to grips with than their earlier material, but this simplicity exhudes a grandeur in keeping with the satanic philosophy of the lyrics underpinning the piece. Lovely stuff.
A "fast" album that never loses it's impact much like 'Transylvanian Hunger' and the Thorns album.