That's kind of a strange way of looking at it. To the Nameless Dead has plenty of moments of fire and fury. It's not like they set out to create "near-perfection". What I love about every single one of their albums is that they are all seething with such raw and beautiful passion. I've never listened to a band that could toil with my emotions so strongly. I don't know anything about musical objectivity, but all of their albums are incredible to me.
Though this is probably not their best album objectively, it's undoubtedly my favourite. The fury in this one is at its most intense. To The Nameless Dead was a masterpiece, but I think that near-perfection killed it in a way. This one, though less consistent and more muddy, just has a deeper fire in it.
Oh yeah, and I do not get all the hate for The Black Hundred. I find it harsh and chilling and certainly thematically consistant, delving into the brutality of and faith or lack of in political belief systems, whether it be Soviet Communism or pre-Revolutionary Russian religio-nationalism.
My music player only allows me five stars for this album, when I say five million stars are not enough for this work. Incredible compositions, vocals, lyrics. This is a band that just gets stronger and better with every album.