Rating:
9.0
Immortal - All Shall Fall
25 September 2009


01. All Shall Fall
02. The Rise Of Darkness
03. Hordes To War
04. Norden On Fire
05. Arctic Swarm
06. Mount North
07. Unearthly Kingdom


Immortal have risen from the white ashes to reclaim their throne as kings of black metal. Not many bands have been as important to a genre of music than Immortal have been to black metal over the years. Now the band are back with their first album in seven years, All Shall Fall.

The album carries on exactly where Sons Of Northern Darkness finished. Stylistically All Shall Fall is extremely similar, the guitars are very melodic and as a whole the album stays at the same familiar pressing pace without going overboard. The frostbitten trio show no signs of cobwebs, but there is also no apparent attempt to create something truly spectacular. All Shall Fall, although a brilliant come-back album, is a bit too steady and safe to be hailed as one of the band's greatest works.

Seven years is an extremely long time and it is perhaps unrealistic to have expected anything to the standard of At The Heart Of Winter or any of the band's other classics. All Shall Fall almost seems like the band are just firing up the engine, and it is the future we have to wait for to experience Immortal at their most devastating. With this said, All Shall Fall is still a remarkably enjoyable album to listen to and is very much an album suited for the times.

The opening title track sounds like the soundtrack to a bleak and icy armageddon and "The Rise Of Darkness" follows bringing forth the rhythmic march of the northern tyrants. Melodic plodder "Norden On Fire" brings down the pace, but "Arctic Swarm" soon whips up another blizzard being the most forceful and unrelenting storm on the album.

Immortal have all eyes on them, and to avoid the risk of disappointment have released an extremely solid and safe album that may just underwhelm a few people. For the rest of us though, All Shall Fall is genuinely a glacier of frostbitten delights. Without a bad song on the album and a tidy running time, the album showcases the finest cuts of Immortal in this day and age, and it honestly hasn't felt so empowering to bang the head along to some serious top quality black metal in a long time.

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Black metal
Nuclear Blast
Norway
Length: 40:12

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Immortal
Album: All Shall Fall


 



Written on 27.09.2009 by
Baz Anderson
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M C Vice - 06.09.2011 at 13:28  
Written by SatyriconChick on 06.09.2011 at 02:21

Written by M C Vice on 29.08.2011 at 12:55

Is the talking bit in All Shall Fall done by Abbath?, 'cause in the video it looks like someone else and I'm not sure who. Could it be Demonaz?


I believe It's Demonaz who did that spoken part, and yes, that's him in the video.

Thanks.
Evil Chip - 17.09.2011 at 03:48  
About this album all i can say is: AT THE HEART OF WINTER
Night Sight - 23.09.2011 at 20:36  
It is dark,epic,marvelous,beautiful and cold.it was great come back for immortal and now i think it coudn't be better than this.i like it more than sons of northern darkness.that is all i expected form immortal.after at the heart of winter it is their best album
akvan - 04.10.2012 at 17:10  
Written by Night Sight on 23.09.2011 at 20:36

It is dark,epic,marvelous,beautiful and cold.it was great come back for immortal and now i think it coudn't be better than this.i like it more than sons of northern darkness.that is all i expected form immortal.after at the heart of winter it is their best album

ANGEL REAPER - 11.03.2013 at 17:39  
Man you was able to put word "frostbitten" in this review more times than Immortal used it in this album
like the review ,like the album
Timelord - 29.07.2013 at 07:32  
Its always a divide and conquer scenario of its not black metal or it is just the same ole same ole. First of all who gives a shit what "genre" they are. IT is FUCKING METAL PERIOD!! If you are so hung up on the early 90's black metal sound then why bother going any further? Got all you need already. If you are a musician in the black metal genre or in any genre for that matter and you NEVER put any new ideas or creativity in your music then why are you doing it at all? Why not just re-name your first album,mix the tracks around with different titles on all the rest and BAM! there you go staying true to a stupid "genre" label just to shut up all the sissies that are so caught up with the black metal label. I been around since the very beginning. Got Venom: welcome to hell on vinyl in 1982,Mercyful Fate pre-Melissa,Bathory,Celtic Frost etc etc......The reason so many people like Immortal is because they didn't let themselves get backed into a corner. They did what most successful bands do and thats roll the dice and try new things. While there are a good many 'black metal" bands that you can't tell apart because it does get old staying at one pace. Immortal has managed to grow without losing the brutality. They are truly a great band(to me anyway)

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