You are right, but it was more of a transiation record and not quite on par with what was to follow!
Their black metal albums are way better than they get given credit for imo.
Honestly, compared to most classic black metal albums, I disagree.
They are not bad albums by any means, but I really cannot call them anything else than average, as they have absolutely no identity. Except for someone who knows the songs by heart, there is no way anyone would be able to listen to them and say, yeah, this is definitely Behemoth. No, they sound like a lot of, for a lack of better term, second-rate black metal from that period.