I've listened to V and Skadi as much as any two albums over the past six years, so while waiting for the forthcoming Eventide to drop, I decided go back to the band's earlier work, especially since Ian Chainey called Essence of Nine a personal favorite. What did I find? Simply more Sleipnir magnificence. Haunting melodicism combined with uncompromising heaviness. Just beautiful. My suggestion to those new to the band: just buy the whole catalog.
Favorite track: Nine Worlds.