Lovely violin. Love violin. Can't believe those 32nd notes on the kick drum - that drummer is nuts! If I heard this track when I was in my late teens my head would have exploded.
With today's ears, I like this more than 99% of modern metal. Frosty, the other 1% is Virgin Black's And I am Suffering
, which was another link you recommended.
The growling is weird ... kind of like a shouted whisper, if that makes any sense. Sometimes he sounds like a jaguar.