In art, no shame attaches to specificity, since that is better than trying to be everything to everyone and ending up as the same old thing since nothing pleases all parties. Ehlder make a type of atmosphere black metal based around stomp beats and droning guitars with angular riffs gilded with cryptic melody.
Nordabetraktelse explores the territory that Ildjarn and early Emperor might have found themselves in had they created a collaboration, painting broad sonic expanses with simple elements that rather than deferring to harmony and scale, see themselves in a void like free jazz, each piece relating to the core riff of the song more than to an external framework.
Modern black metal fans will find this baffling because it does not aim to constantly distract the audience and on the contrary, tries to lull them into a trance and then gradually insert its shifting textures of atmospheres as an aesthetic ideal. If you wake up in a forest after listening to this, it worked.