Sound — 8
Seven years after Sons of Northern Darkness, black metal tyrants Immortal release their eighth full length album, All Shall Fall. It's not an album that treads new ground, however fans will be pleased with the return of those signature Abbath riffs and acoustic song intros. Not one bad track on the whole album, All Shall Fall is consistent and powerful. It's not as aggressive as "At The Heart of Winter", but it's not trying to be, either. The album is refined and to the point.
Lyrics — 10
Some say Immortal's lyrics are cheesy, but I find them strong and poetic. Tracks like "Unearthly Kingdom" simply describe a dark, icy realm by the name of Blashyrkh: "Pass the gate to Blashyrkh worlds, An everburning fire swirls, Here shadows hold a grimly sight, Dark must the eyes that see it be." Abbath's word choice is rather intelligent and shows the mark of a true lyricist. I can picture almost everything he says.
Overall Impression — 9
This album has a wide variety of songs viced into forty minutes. Tracks like "Hordes To War" are more brutal and fierce, whereas the eight minute ending track, "Unearthly Kingdom" is slower and epic. Even "Rise to Darkness", while somewhat brutal, maintains a fun, almost cowboy rodeo sounding riff in the verse. There's much auditory pleasure to be found in All Shall Fall, and while at the first few listens it sounds a little dry and all too similar to their old sound, it grows on you quite a bit.