Looks like I vastly underrated this upon its release. I repent...
Take black metal, push it gently to the post black side. Add dual vocals, awesome brass, OK, trumpet and wait, is this a bloody trombone?, garnish with Gilmourish solos, sprinkle with a pinch of yeah, Bolt Thrower, shake well, coat with emotional impact.
This can't be judged just by the first song. This develops, and does it greatly.