Swathed in a pretentious arrogance, “The Return Of The White Riders” offers an embarrassing stereotype of what it is to be Black Metal. Their crusade to ‘destroy followers of the cross’ would be well served by forcing Christians to listen to this drivel, because after its’, thankfully meagre, duration the whole faith would die in a choking fit of mass laughter. The fact that they try and take themselves so seriously, makes it all the worse and indeed all the more potent at extracting the chuckles.
Don’t get me started on the vocals. If the band really want to ‘spread the satanic doctrine across aeons’ they need a serious rethink, because this isn’t likely to be heard from across the fucking room. Indeed, if this were our battle cry in a war against the Christians… Well, we’d be fucked then.
You cringe when you read the promo sheet and listening to the dull formula of regurgitated, better men's, riffs, makes you seriously envy deaf people. (Online May 25, 2006)