Sound — 10
Immortal has an extremely distinct sound. Their signature frosty and tense sound is stronger than ever in Sons Of Northern Darkness. This album is one of their most popular, and I'm not surprised because it is probably is their best. I find this album to be much better recorded than other Immortal albums, which is a plus. My only complaint would be that as previously mentioned in a previous review, some clean guitar sections in the album sound comparatively worse to the distorted tones, this doesn't impact on enjoyment but it's slightly noticeable.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically this album is excellent. The dark and adjective-laden lyrics in the music shines through strongly, and each song has a story to be told, with the carrying theme being about historical battles in the North and other recurring black metal themes. You almost become caught up in the spirit and atmosphere these lyrics provide. The vocals in this album are also much clearer than in other Immortal releases, much more pronounced, and this is a welcome feature.
Overall Impression — 10
Personally I find Antarctica and Beyond The North Waves to be the most impressive songs on the album. They have a brilliant use of natural sound effects, simple yet involving riffs, inspirational lyrics, and drum patterns which are fast paced and compliment the rest of the musical components perfectly. The pure atmosphere of each song on this album is primarily what gets it a 10 from me. I don't have any real complaints for this album, it's a truly great black metal release.