I will concede that the release was timely, and not completely timeless, and yes, what I liked about it was that it had everything that metal lacks these days: spirit, vision, and something that should not be overlooked, a connecton to the primitive past of black metal without making it into some kind of joke like Darkthrone seems to be doing.
On another note, it is nothing short of inspiring that they were able to sit down and simply create a brilliant piece of metal, or even to create decent metal at all after all those years, as we normally find bands to be unable to do, calling it a lack of shared vision over a long period of distance. It is as if they said "Hey lets make an album", then went to work at what they were skilled at. There is no flaw to the album that is unforgivable. There is no pretense and no pandering. There is nothing that they lacked and even nothing that they didn't do intentionally so it seems.
If you find this praise to be unrealistic, I understand. I hardly believe it myself.