Review Summary: In the Nightside Eclipse is a chaotic, unrelenting, spellbinding symphonic massacre and also one of the best albums ever written.
Some things in life are really hard to describe and one of those things is the atmosphere that In the Nightside Eclipse possess. Sitting through this album in one run is like becoming a part of it and it gobbles you up and swallows you whole. Not many albums can create just this certain feeling of being a part of the fantasy. So as one sits back and enjoys this masterpiece, he is bound to get lost at least somewhere along the way. It might not be at the start, but thy will eventually slip and fall Into the Infinity of Thoughts and disappear In the Nightside Eclipse.
The symphonic parts of this album are simply anti-godly. Yes, that’s how amazingly good they are. They are almost solely the reason why In the Nightside Eclipse is such a memorable and strong album. The Keyboard is always looming in the background and it’s always very haunting and dreamy. With long and mighty accords with the sound of wailing choirs the keyboard creates a fourth wall that separates the listener from reality. The intro song is also a fantastic example of how the mood and presence of an album should be done. The intro is very evil and scary and it’s just simply one minute of complete darkness which renders the listener helpless. A lot of this rest upon the listener as well. You need to let yourself become mesmerized.
Sure, this album is beautiful, but it is on the other hand a beast and a demon from beyond. The entire album is a complete massacre and a mess of blast beats and fantastic riffs. A lot of the riffs are tremolo based and if listened to closely, they are all very catchy, eerie and some of the best in black metal. While the keyboard gives In the Nightside Eclipse atmosphere the riffs and the drumming is the substance and the meat on the bones. The guitar sound is actually on its own very ambient, but still works best together with the keyboard. Drums are important and so are a lot of blast beats and Emperor knew this. Certain songs have more reckless drumming than others such as Into the Infinity of Thoughts and The Burning Shadows of Silence while Beyond the Great Vast Forest and Towards the Pantheon takes it a bit slower, but In the Nightside Eclipse hasn’t even one dull moment. The vocals are hoarse and ravaging just as they should be.
Many of the song titles have been mentioned in this review and I think that we can all agree that they are some of the best titles in metal history. They are epic and packed with emotion and effect, but what really makes them amazing the way they pretty much creates the unknown. All the song titles are very strange and foreboding such as Beyond the Great Vast Forest. I want to know and I want to become a part of the tale that tells us just that story. The unknown is thoroughly explored here and it is a marvelous place.