Now I have to give the band credit for being just that: a band. While I know a lot of 'black/blackened' metal bands do exist - the genre is absolutely dominated by solo projects. It provides a strange sense of organization and unity within the overall chaos of tremolo picking and caustic vocals; a strong step upwards from the standard wall of noise you often get. In fact, the instrumentation is very much well defined overall. It shows a degree of skill to have such clarity in a subgenre that is notoriously (sometimes intentionally) sloppy in execution.
As mentioned, Alphelion puts it's black metal roots forward more then anything else. While there are some rather death-like riffs that remind me heavily of older and more traditional death metal bands, the bulk of it is blackened as hell. I'd have to say this has a lot to do with Karl Dahmer's vocals - his seething intensity simply does not let up at any point during this EP. It's the defining feature of I, and where a majority of Alphelion's character comes into play.
Though, with a little research I find that Alphelion's professionality and clear experience as a black metal group is no surprise. The band itself is a cannibalized version of another project (Goat Sabbath) and all of it's members have extensive experience within the metal genre. Funny enough, it would have to be the closest thing to a underground or DIY black metal supergroup I've ever came across. Personally, I think this is for the better. As EP: I, is a collection of ideas and tracks that actually do differ from each other - and, not a thing here feels like filler or stuffing. Hell, the vast majority of the tracks are concise and seem extremely live friendly as well.