All Hail the Void is the kind of metal album where multiple traditions are honored all at once -- not too surprising for a Southern Lord band, especially one with its members from groups like Shai Hulud, Today Is the Day, and Earth Crisis -- but it's an album where it all comes together so well that it's worth enjoying in its own right as much as it prompts a listener to think of everything that went into it. Whether it's the careening solos on "The Heathens" or the brook-no-exceptions chorus "No one is coming back from the dead!" raged out by frontman Jeff Lohrber on "False Profit," All Hail the Void comes from the principle that metal is by default great, rage is by default great, and that not sounding like a nu-metal idiot is even better than both of those options. "F.A.T.H." starts with stark acoustic guitar strums that are pretty much just begging to be turned into the base of something loud and evil, so little surprise that things shift from building background feedback to hoarse neo-thrash within a few more seconds. (If Enabler know their early Metallica by default, they also know not to simply re-create it when more can be done in turn.) They don't ignore the virtue of precise beauty either, as the stirring break on the title track and the slow, elegant introduction of "They Live, We Sleep," with guitars echoing off over the rhythm, show. Perhaps the song that sums up the combination of engaging thrill and requisite dark viewpoint is one where after a full-band introduction, it cuts to a short, tense-as-hell guitar part before fully careening forward, Lohrber in full flight. The name of the song? "Fuck Today."