Sound — 10
After various lineup changes, this band finally got it nailed. With the addition of a new singer, Stu Block, and the subtraction of guitarist Rob Doherty, there were many changes to the sound. This CD has a very unique sound to it. It blends black metal, death metal, and power metal, into one very unique and amazing sound. Stu Block is an amazing vocalist. He proves exactly how much range he has in Timeless Winter. He sings the low-pitched growl of death metal, higher pitched raspy growl of black metal, and then sings clean with amazing sound, and then hits mind blowing highs. The guitar playing is slightly watered down than last album. I use slightly since the guitar playing is still great in it's own right, but not as great as the last album. "Eternal" is a great example of more melodic riffs. The drumming can't be described by anything but schizophrenic. The pounding double bass will impress even the most stubborn drummers (you know the kind). Jim Austin has still got it in him. All in all, one amazing sound that I guarantee you will fall in love with.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are perfectly complimented with the music. Such choruses like "Severe Emotional Distress", "Nothing", and "Pain Through Breathing" will stick in your head and not want to leave. Personally, I don't pay much attention to lyrics. Stu Block really steals the show with his singing. Whether it is hitting highs that not many men can hit in the song "Nothing", or doing the now-forgotten airraid siren in "Pain Through Breathing".
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this album had very high expectations to achieve set by the last album, and it very well pleased the fans. Now, there will still be the occasional fan that still thinks that Buried in Oblivion is the best Into Eternity album, but there will always be that one fan for every band that always thinks the previous albums are better than the current. This album also separates them from every other band. How many other melodic death black power metal bands can you think of? It is hard to pick out which songs stands out above the rest, considering all are amazing in their own right. "Nothing" highlights exactly how high Stu Block can go while still achieving full voice, "Timeless Winter" is easily one of the most brutal songs on the album, "Pain Through Breathing" has a chorus that will just buzz in your head and never leave. There were some nitpicks, such as the highly unnecessary intro. The goods heavily outweigh the bads to the point where you don't even pay attention to them. I recommend buying 6 copies. One to listen to, 4 to give to friends, one to keep in case you lose the original copy, and another to help boost sales.