This album is perfect! The music is just as awesome as the cover art suggests. And "Embrace..." is their most epic track ever. I bet if the real vikings would've heard it back in their time, they would've shed a tear or two.
I stil can't get into Free Will Sacrifice, The Hero, Where is Your God Now? or No Fear For the Setting Sun. They're certainly listenable, but they don't really do much apart from make me want to get to the next track. Maybe it's because songs like Varyags of Miklagaard, Live for the Kill and Embrace of the Endless Ocean are just really fucking good.
for some time I thought that this album (as unfortunately nearly every other AA) have many fillers: "The Hero", "No Fear for the Setting Sun", "Free Will Sacrifice"... but now they all grew on me. I still consider it their best album, even if the others are very strong too (the newest is probably the wekeast IMHO).