Sonically the album is fairly diverse within its own comfort zone. That may sound like an oxymoron but what I mean is while it never really strays outside of what could be described as metalcore there's a lot of different sounds and elements within that title that are explored here. Songs like Landslide Defeater and Safety Last feature chaotic guitars and playful time signatures that will feel familiar to fans of the band, while songs like With_Errors/ and Trace Levels Of Dystopia explore more anthem like choruses without losing any kind of edge or bite.
There's a great sense of emotional devastation on display here without ever coming across as cheesy or whiny. A particularly great example of this is Anna (featuring Silent Planet's Garrett Russell) which feels like the most Norma Jean song the band has ever made, it hits even harder when you know the tragic story behind it. The emotionally dense If [Loss] Than [Leader] is another great track that finds the band expressing some heavy themes and playing around with different melodies resulting in a song that's heavy and catchy all the same.
A special note should be made about Cory Brandan's vocal work on the album. I feel like he's never stopped improving himself with each album and here again he manages to surprise me with his range. He showed signs of polishing his clean vocals with the side project Hundred Suns and all that work seems to have paid off with All Hail. There's moments on songs like Trace Levels Of Dystopia that seem absolutely inhumane the way his vocals travel and flow.
All Hail feels like the band has taken a lot of ideas and themes that they've toyed with on other albums, be it the smoother more melodic choruses of Anti-Mother, the complexity and density of Meridional, or the sheer brutality of Polar Similar and put a layer of polish on everything. Norma Jean have shown that they're never complacent with making a good album, they push everything to the next level and deliver something timeless. It's accessible (within reason), progressive, and familiar all at the same time. They've laid down the gauntlet for their contemporaries and proven yet again why they earned the title of The Almighty Norma Jean.