Is this album not the greatest "mainstreamization" of the ideas of black metal. I emphasis that word because this band seems to get a lot of flak. On analysis, this seems to be more due to the band's abandonment of rasps in favor of clean Halford-style heavy metal vocals. Other than that, it's pure black metal. The lyrics, the riffs, ect.
When I first heard this album, I was scared because it evoked the same emotions I get while listening to nostalgic childhood tunes like those from Debbie Gibson and Cyndi Lauper. The difference here is I didn't hear this album when I was a child. Perhaps it taps into something more universal.