Vlad Tepes is pretty enjoyable stuff. I agree about that earthy feeling. It isnt anything groundbreaking but it is very energetic and sincere heavy metal/black metal. The three projects mentioned in the first post seem to be all that is worthwhile out of LLN.
I get you with the overlong riffs re:Mutiilation, but that kind of seems to be the point. The technique is altering the end of a phrase to create a set of mostly similar phrases in melodic continuity and adding on to this (filling out the chords/phrase) until some climax is reached. It is done in a quite subtle and subdued way which can easily hide this under the wash of noise on most tracks. A mood is patiently developed and then altered internally for communicative effect, followed generally by transition. Possessed and Immortal is the template example here,
What about the dark ambient project? Aakon Keetreh? Any good?