Posted on March 11, 2010 -
Now, I already reviewed the first version of this album, and being that it is in my top 5 favorite albums of all time, I figured I might as well add my review to the re-release. Also,don’t mind the amazon review, that is for their first album released many years before this one.
Few albums come along in ones life where the music leaves you so speechless. For me, this is one of them. This is not only Immortal’s best work in general but one of the greatest Black Metal albums ever to be released. Nothing can top Abbath’s brutal riffs and his throat ripping vocals. The atmosphere of Darkthrone is here and the talent of Emperor. However, between all that makes this cd a masterpiece is some true beauty. Such as the main riff in Solarfall and the intro in At the Heart of Winter for a few examples. This is a true masterpiece of winter beauty and winter carnage.
1. Withstand the Fall of Time (8:29) The first track begins with a single riff before the rest joins in, while the riff not really memorable will grow on you. The first minute is spent gearing up before the song gets into full speed. About 3 and a half minutes into the song it slows down before getting a second wind about 4:15 into it and doesn’t stop until the song quietly dies out. WOnderful opening track. I could not think of a better song to open up this album. 4.5/5
2. Solarfall (6:02) Immortal’s best song of all time. A short drum roll falls in follwoed by one of my favorite riffs of all time then hell is broken loose upon an unsuspecting listener. The song does not let up for one second and has some of their best drumming as well. The vocals are enough to make you wish to conquer all you face. The vocals are almost dreadfully slow in a good way, almost like you wonder how he isn’t tearing all of his vocal chords. The song slows down 2:20 into it with some slow drumming but soon returns with that crushing riff. Best song here. 25/5
3. Tragedies Blows At Horizon (8:55) This song is 8 minutes and 55 seconds of pure magic. It really starts up about 40 seconds into it and grabs you with hardened claws and refuses to let up. I love the way the guitar riff kicks in at 4:30 with nothing but a take no prisoners attitude. A real highlight on the album. 5/5
4. Where Dark and Light Don’t Differ (6:45) The first song I heard on this album and it is a winner. The most thrash influenced track on this album has no mellow intro but just decides to come at you full force. The best drumming on the album appears here. The riff that kicks in at 1 minute is majestic and incredible. An epic track. 10/5
5. At the Heart of Winter (8:00) This song honestly makes you feel like you’re walking into the front line of a war at the heart of a winter storm. This song runs on talent, emotion and an epic battle cry. The two minute intro can’t even prepare you for what is to come. Then the rest of the song kicks in barreling down on you like an avalanche you know you can’t escape. With guitar playing that just screams talent. The rest of the song continues the epic trail the first half of the song left us with. 20/5
6. Years of Silent Sorrow (7:53) Well, instead of ending this masterpiece on a quiet note. Abbath and crew decide to go out fighting. With one of the fastest songs on the album begins the drums tear through your ears. The guitar is pretty fast in an almost frantic fashion at certain times. “Dome in the sky black winds to taste
shadowed spirits lead my way…
Drifting everly alone years of silent sorrow
until I’m home… ” With those words spoken the final song dies out leaving you only time to pick yourself up and try to comprehend the incredible album you just heard. 5/5
In conclusion, if you haven’t stopped reading this yet and purchased this album. I recommend you do so right now. Enjoy.