Their heaviest album, but not their best
Many claim this is the best Immortal album, but I have to disagree. I believe "Pure Holocaust" is the best from their early years, and "At the Heart of Winter" is the best overall. "Battles..." is the follow up to the incredible "Pure Holocaust," and features a very different sound. The production focuses a lot more on the drums and the lower end on "Battles...", while "Pure Holocaust" focuses more on the guitars. The vocals are also more "up in front" on "Battles" and are not faded into the background like they are on "Holocaust." I prefer the sound on "Pure Holocaust" because it sounds a lot colder and more atmospheric, which makes it sound like a truer black metal offering. "Battles" doesn't sound as frosty, but it does sound heavier. "Battles" also has a few production problems that are worth mentioning. Several of the songs cut off abruptly, leaving you to wonder if there is something wrong with the recording. Overall, a great album, but Immortal has done better.