You don't even have to put the CD into the player to see the first biiiig plus of this CD: the cover, which (fortunately) differs a lot from the usual band-photos IMMORTAL had used before and which without exaggeration can be named a masterpiece of Metal-cover-art!
But also musically the Norwegian blackhearts have more to offer than before, because this time around they have injected a lot of great melodies into their sound, but without letting down the heavy side.
Already the opening "Withstand The Fall Of Time" showcases the newly found variety, sometimes ultra-fast, then with mid-tempo-double-bass, tons of melodies and Abbath's characteristic evil vocals. Even more diverse is "Solarfall", that fascinates with the calm middle-part with rhythmic drumming and almost clean guitars.
"Tragedies Blows At Horizon" or "Where Dark And Light Don't Differ" take up where those two had left off, but always with the necessary heaviness, so the accusation of "wimping out' finds no fertile ground here!
But the best is yet to come, the title-track is the absolute masterpiece, an epic/atmospheric hymn of absolute extra class, simply great!
So who doesn't want to forego heaviness for intricate song-structures and great melodylines (or vice versa) just cannot pass by "At The Heart Of Winter"!