Emperor
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk


4.0
excellent

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 235 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Emperor formed in 1991, in Norway by Ihsahn and Samoth.
'Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk' is Emperor's second full length release, released on Century Black. This album and 'In the Nightside Eclipse' are two of the most defined symphonic black metal releases to date. The lineup for this album is as follows...
Ihsahn - Lead guitars, Vocals, synths
Samoth - Guitars
Trym Torson- Drums
Jonas Alver - Bass


The album starts off on a mellow note with Alsvartr (The Oath). This song starts the album with mellow clean guitars, dipping and diving through major and minor arpeggios. This is soon combined with epic keyboards and slow doomy guitars. A nice way to start the album, leading right into Ye Entrancemperium (The opening to this song was actually written by Euronymous of Mayhem.) This song is pure black metal, but Emperor puts a nice touch on it shifting between singing and screaming,a very nice touch. This song is a preview of what is to come on the rest of the album. Symphonic synths along with technical guitar leads, and awesome vocals.
Thus Spake the Nightspirit is in my opinion the real beginning of the album, it really picks up here. black metal here but still with the symphonic edge going on. The guitar lead in this song is very technical (though it's a bit difficult to hear it.) The song slows down a bit showing another range of Emperor, sung vocals along with a more doomy riff.
Ensorcelled by Rhaos is quite fast, blasting guitars, great drumming and awesome vocals here still keeping the symphonics going. This song really shows what Emperor has, including pianos and sung vocals, intertwined with both fast and slow guitar riffs. This flows right into probably the best song on the album, The Loss and Curse of Reverence, a very technical, fast song here, Shifting in and out of extreme symphonic mode, they do it very well here. The song also includes slow, well written harmony riffs made all the better with the keys in the background, which is then made all the more better by the extreme speed that comes out of it.
The next track, The Acclaimation of Bonds starts of with a nice guitar lead along with the synths before blasting into speed/symphonic mode. This song shifts between extreme symphonic mode and epic guitar leads very well, the symphonics here are made so much better with the vocals.
With Strengh i Burn is one of my favorite tracks, the usage of symphonics here is eerie, i love how they do it. The guitars in this song are more simple compared to the rest of the album, but they are still nothing to be overlooked. The symphonics and the vocals (both sung and screamed) are the stars of this song. There is even a spoken passage in the middle of the song with only synths behind it. A nice touch.
The last track, The Wanderer is instrumental, it's about three minutes of the same riff over and over again. Fading in at the beginning and fading out at the end. I enjoy this song, it's slow but the rhythm/lead guitars are both well played here.

Overall i give this album 4.5/5. All instruments are played top notch, especially Tryms drumming, (who other than Hellhammer, is probably the best black metal drummer out there.) there is basically double bass throughout this whole album. The music is excellent. Great album, highly recomended.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Silenius
January 18th 2005


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good job.

high_voltage_acdc

Shadows
Moderator
January 19th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ditto. Probably Emperor's best album. I hope you're having fun re-posting all your reviews as well.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 24th 2005


2125 Comments


Good review. I haven't got this one (I've only got Nightside and Prometheus), but since it's Emperor it's probably great.

Arucard
June 3rd 2005


576 Comments


I want to make sex to this album. It is so good, the keys work is just so... good Lord.

Dancin' Man
June 21st 2005


719 Comments


^ uhhh... why is my post screwed up?

Med57
Moderator
June 21st 2005


1001 Comments


No idea...it happens still (albeit very occasionally) but I don't think we really know I'm afraid. I did bring it up a while back.

Leper Affinity
October 9th 2005


89 Comments


No.

This album is teh sex.

Arrakakaka
November 17th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True dat.

Dethtrasher
November 18th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

On which album is the song ¨Empty¨?

Shadows
Moderator
November 18th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That would be Promethius. Damn good album.

Dethtrasher
December 10th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Correct me if I'm wrong but I saw a clip from the music-video from Empty, and it was written that the song came from an album with this name: ¨Like An Everflowing Stream¨

The only song I have heard from this band was pretty good but I will not start listening to Black Metal just for that.

Arrakakaka
December 10th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then why did you rate this?

Dethtrasher
December 10th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I rate the REVIEWS and not the BANDS. I could rate 5's on all bands I like the most, and rate 1's on all bands I don't like.

If I want I could rate down all your reviews because none of them are bands that I like.This Message Edited On 12.10.05

Thor
December 10th 2005


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

While this is still an excellent album, it doesn't compare to In the Nightside Eclipse.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

Shadows
Moderator
December 10th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The numerical ratings are for the albums though. :confused:

I'm Charming
December 15th 2005


332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I started listening to this album earlier and it's almost done. Damn good stuff.
Pwn's DB anyday.

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005


72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah, oh yeah it does.

I love this stuff. The review could have been a little longer, but I get the idea based on the comments that its old, so w/e. :D

h4x
January 26th 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this is way better than ITNE.

Thor
January 26th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a solid album, but ITNE is almost impossible to beat by black metal standards. The only other album that beats it would be Storm of the Light's Bane.

Emperor
January 31st 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing Album by an amazing band. One of their best.



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