With a somewhat subjective and very personal approach, his music can be characterized by a well restrained substratum of guitar layered outlooks, serving as the basis for the rhythm of his songs, with a cold and simple, yet intricate turmoil of resonances harmonious to his solid intakes, with progressive nuances of increasing melodies spiraling into a downturn of dark symphonies. With such a poetical input he could well be considered the greatest highlight of the genre, and a new breath of creativity to this otherwise very predictable kind of music, into the 21st century. Lyrically, contrary to most black metal bands, he does not highlight satanism, but melancholy, solitude and winter.
As the Stars from the beginning feels very personal and you can almost feel this is a work made by only one musician, inspired by his own personal point of view. This is not only black metal, but a personal view of black metal, inserted in a very artistic and intimate manner, being the final result something you had never seen – or heard – before, in the history of black metal music.
With an astounding energy and a high inception of originality, revealing a black metal sometimes surprisingly deep-rooted in rock’n’roll, As the Stars will blow your mind away and, yet, it will deliver to its listeners some kind of nostalgia for the classical Norwegian black metal bands, especially if you used to listen to golden era Burzum, and, to a lesser extent, 90’s Mayhem, revealing – not only a somewhat conspicuous and innocuous influence, – but a fidelity to the roots of classical black metal, yet maintaining the solid distinction of a very personal identity. I not only highly recommend this album to fans, like I could give 5.0 from a 5.0 scores card, saying that it is, by far, one of the greatest – if not the best – black metal album I have ever heard in my entire life.