The production on this record is relatively clear and balanced. The guitars have just enough distortion, and the bass is audible beneath everything, which I always appreciate. I also really enjoyed the violin: the band uses it as a primary instrument throughout, just as a second guitar might be used. A flute is occasionally present as well, along with synth and piano. The drums are extremely crisp and clear, and I especially like the bass drum sound, which is subtle, yet just enough to add punch. The tracks with both violin and guitar sometimes seem a bit too treble-heavy, though, so maybe they could have used more of it? The vocals are right up-front in the mix, and are quite varied, from a harsh, tormented male voice to clean female vocals. This album represents a turning point in black metal history. The doors have been opened to more music of the same nature and that's something I will take delight in.