At the Heart of Winter

Immortal

At the Heart of Winter

December 7, 1999

Black Metal

Here, Immortal progressed beyond their blurry, hyperspeed, under-produced past into muscular metal maturity, melding frostbitten Norwegian black metal with the intricate riffing and tempo changes of German thrash. Which isn't to say the group abandoned blastbeats or Abbath's throaty reptilian croak; within the lengthy, creatively arranged epics lies a balance of battle-ready blitzkrieg and grandiose, anthemic melodies only hinted at in Immortal's previous output.

- John Serba

Clues

Robert Palmer

Clues

1980

Adult Contemporary

With his sixth album, Robert Palmer subdued the soulful pop of his earlier efforts and stepped firmly onto the new wave platform, paving the way for the rock success he found in the mid-80's. The edgier sound suited the material well making Clues one of the strongest efforts of his career.

- Timothy Monger