Emperor
Emperor


3.5
great

Review

by A.K. USER (63 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 11 replies | 6,708 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

This is Emperor's portion of the EP known as Hordanes Land. It has two songs that also appear on in the Nightside Eclipse. This album is not as keyboard friendly as their newer cds. The sound is raw black metal almost like Darkthrone or Burzum.

Line Up:
Ihsahn-Guitars, Vocals, Synths
Samoth-Drums
Mortiis-Bass

The Review:

I Am The Black Wizards
If you know Emperor then chances are you know this song. If you don't know Emperor and are getting into them this song is great for getting into them.
Unlike the Nightside version it is a lot more distorted and Ihsahns voice sounds like some insane instrument more than it does like singing. It starts of with only guitar but soon the drums come in and the song starts up. One of the best from Emperor it has melodies at high speeds, tremelo, picking and drumming that isn't just constant double bass.
5/5

Wrath of the Tyrant
The guitars start with a real evil riff and then the keyboard comes in and creates an eiree sort of vibe. This lasts for about half a minute and after a short pause a riff in the style of darkthrone starts up. Ihsahns vocals are real cool in this one and he gets some crazy noises out of his throat. If you get a chance to read the lyrics to this whole cd you'll probably see they are not your ordinary Black Metal lyrics.
3.5/5

Night of the Graveless Souls
The shortest song on the CD, it is also the fastest. It's the closest Samoth gets to actually doing to real blastbeats on this CD. (Remember he usually plays guitar so cut him some slack.) Keyboards on theis song are great, probably the most keyboard encorperating song on the CD. This is really basic, crude, repetitive but extremely enjoyable.
4.0/5

Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times
First off, the song is slowere than on the Nightside CD but that is OK. You still have the great intro, the atmospheric verse, and even though there is no real chorus the other riffs fit perfectly and just add to the aura. The whole song kind of has a rveverence for the nightsky that is extremely captivating. Beautifully composed, tremelo picked madness and one of the greatest songs ever written.
5/5

Overall this gets 3.5/5

If you the more technical stuff from emperor like Anthems and IX Equilibrium you may not like this (You should still give it a try though) Fans of the more rudimentary bands like Darkthrone, 1349, and Gorgoroth will definately like this though.



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Dancin' Man
June 21st 2005



719 Comments


This split has some great tracks but you really shoul have reviewed the whole thing. It is a bit more raw and not a highlight of Emperor's work but it came early so that is acceptable.

Shadows
Moderator
June 21st 2005



2530 Comments


This EP is DAMN good. It has Emperor's symphonic sound but with the raw, abrasive production of Darkthrone or early Mayhem. Excellent black metal, but you should've reviewed the whole thing. Very good review otherwise.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 21st 2005



2125 Comments


Who was the split with?

*is too lazy to look it up*

Nra4ever_17
July 19th 2005



65 Comments


Enslaved, wasn't it?

Thor
September 25th 2005



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another good solid EP from Emperor.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Aakon_Keetreh
February 25th 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A great EP from the legendary Emperor.

Silenius
March 16th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I couldn't review the other half (Enslaved) because I only have the Emperor half. It came with the Wrath of the Tyrant cd I have.

SylentEcho
September 28th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the sound quality is so bad, sounds like those old fashioned cassettes with the hissing sound in the background.

rattlehead42147
September 28th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you bastard! how dare you not review the other side :p
well i have it, i can send you a link or email it to you if you like. i also have the satyricon vs. enslaved disc which is very good too.

oalston
November 11th 2009



91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the production on this is still fine for black metal. Wrath Of The Tyrant, however, is pushing it.

Also, Faust played drums on this release. Samoth only did the drums on Wrath Of The Tyrant.

666Micrograms
November 26th 2012



923 Comments


considering I find this band way overrated as it is, this wasn't that good.



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