Emperor
In the Nightside Eclipse


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by psite45 USER (4 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2010 | 34 replies | 3,470 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emperor wasn't the first black metal band. They were the difinitive one.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

The album starts out with an apropriate intro of creepy atmospheric sounds and after a minute or so starts into the first and longest track of the album, "Into the Infinaty of Thoughts. Depending on what version of the album you have the intro and the first track may or may not be combined into one. This song sums up the sound and atmosphere present on the entire album. The sound on this album is not about hearing every instrument perfectly but instead all about atmosphere. Epic sounding synths soar above blistering riffs and blastbeats with Ihsahns cold and powerful vocals shriking alongside. If you don't like this the first time give it (probably more than) a few rotations, this can be hard to get into, but worth it. But hey if you just don't like it what can you do? The second track "The Burning Shadows of Silence" is one of the albums more chaotic moments and is a good fit as a second track helping the album flow along nicely into a personal favorite off this disk, the third track "Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times". This is the atmosphere i mentioned before and that Emperor is so well known for in full tilt. Excellent.

The fourth track on the album "Beyond the Great Vast Forest" is another track in the same vein as the rest of the album but in a good way. The melodys on this album are memorable and some of the songs like this fall into the rest of the album seemlessly. The fifth track "Towards the Pantheon" is one of the most driving tracks on the album and when the keyboards really come in man are they good. This is a classic Emperor track. The sixth song "The Majesty of the Night Sky" is the albums most chaotic and least melodic moment. Until about half way though where it does a complete 180 degree turn and becomes the most calming and still moment on the record. Good track, but now lets talk classics.

"I Am the Black Wizards" what can i say? This is probably one of the most well known black metal songs ever and even sums up the genre in ways that have earned it's place as a classic. And it deserves to be this song is beautiful complex and chaotic summing up everything that Emperor should be. The eighth and final track from the album "Inno A Satana" ends the album on a high note because of the epicness of the instrumentals and a particularly evil one because of the chanting at the end. All-in-all awesome album that should be experienced if you like extreme music.


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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2010



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bare-bones review if I've ever seen one.

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ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2010



20256 Comments


lol

Realm
November 23rd 2010



2074 Comments


lol

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2010



7021 Comments


review needs a lot of work

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coneren
November 23rd 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brilliant!

ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2010



20256 Comments


haha

ffs
November 23rd 2010



4822 Comments


welp

Relinquished
November 23rd 2010



24485 Comments


I know a santana too

Ulsufyring
November 23rd 2010



1724 Comments


so this sounds like Toto, right?

XulOnerom
November 23rd 2010



1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what do kids have against proofreading nowadays???

Adash
November 23rd 2010



1356 Comments


inno a santana is my band name; we do salsa covers of burzum songs

Terrifyer
November 23rd 2010



3403 Comments


difinative

MoosechriS
November 23rd 2010



4803 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome album, meh review

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2010



5921 Comments


what do kids have against proofreading nowadays???

inno a santana is my band name; we do salsa covers of burzum songs


lolololololololololol

i was eating a sandwich and i threw it up.

Watch it with your killer lines :P





Seriously now, a writer has got to have a master over his/her head with a "whip", reading the manuscript and say this during the 10-20 proofreads:

NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

After a lot of training, some get rid of the master and work as master and writer simultaneously.

Some don't.

idk what's the story with psite45, but we should be easy on him.

My first review here was mediocre too.

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Wizard
November 23rd 2010



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review needs some serious work/ proofreading. When you have a spelling mistake in your summary, that says something.

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HenchmanOfSanta
November 23rd 2010



1853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seriously now, a writer has got to have a master over his/her head with a "whip", reading the manuscript and say this during the 10-20 proofreads:

NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
That's an interesting way to refer to Spellcheck.

Scrambled
November 23rd 2010



391 Comments


i lol'd

climactic
November 23rd 2010



18369 Comments


difinative


neg

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2010



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Uhhhhhh I hate the vocals on this.

Terrifyer
November 23rd 2010



3403 Comments


ok then



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