Emperor
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire and Demise

After a long career in the underground metal scene, Emperor has long since established itself as one of the most influential black metal bands in history. After forming in 1991 with Samoth on drums/vocals, Ihsahn on guitars, and Mortiis on bass, the band released the much-coveted Wrath of the Tyrant demo. After quickly getting signed to Candlelight Records, Samoth moved to guitar while Bard Faust dropped onto the drum set. The band went into the studio to record the Emperor/Enslaved CD while Mortiis left the band to be replaced by Tchort. By the time 1993 rolled around, Emperor had gotton much praise from the press and moved back into the studio to record their first full-length album In The Nightside Eclipse. After the alnum's release Emperor had secured themselves as one of the most prominent bands of the genre. Since the band has a ****load of history, I'm going to save all of us from getting tired of this bio crap. Anyone intersted in the complete, detailed history of Emperor can go to [URL=http://www.emperorhorde.com]www.emperorhorde.com[/URL].
And it's music time.

The Eruption - 4.75/5
Starts out sounding dark with various strung instruments providing somewhat of an intro to the song. After about a minute or two, the electric instruments come crashing in. Rapid, low-pitched guitars backed by Trym's blast beats and double bass give a true black metal feel. The bursts of lead guitar go into a chorus of voices untill Ishahn's voice and heavy power chords get really heavy really fast. Soon the two combine into a track that highlights the album. The Eruption has everything from a fast and angry sound to a slow and dark sound, not to mention the insane guitar solo in the middle. I've never felt an urge to consider skipping this song.

Depraved - 4.75/5
Amazingly, this is just as good as the Eruption. The intro starts with about two minutes of quick guitar parts with heavy double bass and drum rolls. It leads into the blast beats and screaming which a porduce a feel that is similar yet heavier than the preceeding track. The music and singing give a flowing feel, but still seems pretty heavy. The keyboards combined with the guitars and screaming really make me wonder why Emperor is only an underground band (**** closed minded bastards...).

Empty - 4/5
Starts off fast and heavy. Once the keyboards come in and almost take over, the album doesn't seem as though it will ever relent from the amazing sound it has given us so far. Ishahn's voice seems really strange and altered at first, and comes back repeatedly through the entire song. The drumming seems unusually heavy and the screaming is more emphasized than anything heard so far. This songseems pretty up to standars with the other songs so far, but we still have another six songs to go through.

The Prophet - 3.75/5
Very slow considering the previous songs. The Prophet emphsizes grooves and atmosphere mainly. It's pretty low, meaning sound and volume. The vocals are pretty calm untill it seems that chorus of voices comes back once again to give tht familiar flowing feel. Not bad if you're looking for a break from the heaviness.

The Tongue of Fire - 3.25/5
Another slow-paced song, although pretty heavy without the calm feeling from the Prophet. It's got nothing really special about other than the fact that it really focuses on lead guitar more the any previous song. There isn't much singing/screaming here, so overall it just kind of blends in. Not bad, but skipable.

In The Wordless Chamber - 4/5
The heaviness of Emperor is back. Screaming and double bass dominate this song (as with others). Once the soft synth part hits, the song basically becomes unpredictable. After leading back into powerful sound from before, Ihsahn's screaming fades into the drum rolls which form an appropriate end to the song. I'm running out of things to say other than it's a pretty good song.

Grey - 3.75/5
What seemed to stand out at me were the vocals. Ihsahn's screaming from the start seems a little heavier then before (but I'm sure it's just me). The heavy power chord riffs blend well with the keyboard. Virtually the whole song is based around heavy rhythms and screaming, meaning this song is pretty much nothing but heaviness. Not a whole lot of uniquness, but still not real bad.

He Who Sought The Fire - 4/5
The beloved lead guitar and blast beats come back from the dead for this song. He Who Sought The Fire has some cool solos with plenty of double bass to complete the black mix. The sound is reminiscent of the first few tracks which was pretty well needed up to this point. If anything, skip the last few songs on to this one.

Thorns On My Grave - 4.25/5
Again, fast and heavy right from the get-go. The drums and guitars after the really heavy parts form a flowing feel while after that part the keyboards give more of a dark sound. The screamed vocals of course are always welcome. A song like this will always be a great closing to an album. For one more time, the leads and solos are perfectly placed. Much could be expected from a band like this, and for the most part they delivered.

A kickass metal band. I haven't heard much of emperor's stuff (I would kill for In The Nightside Eclipse), so I was really excited to finally get my hands on a real black metal album. As far as metal goes, Emperor is almost orgasmic. Any true metal head should have some of each type of metal, and at least make Emperor the one black metal CD you get. One thing that did kind of bother me was that the sound quality was pretty bad. Many times I found myself straining to hear the vocals (again maybe just me). but that's a trademark of the genre. A pretty good album overall.

Recommended tracks:
The Eruption
Depraved
Empty
Thorns On My Grave

Overall Rating - 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 2nd 2004


106 Comments


Nice review, the video for 'Empty' is awesome.

Shadows
Moderator
September 2nd 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it? I've never seen that or any other Emperor video.

Must now find Empty video...

Bartender
Emeritus
September 2nd 2004


826 Comments


Good review. Two Emperor reviews in as many days!

Dark Hero
September 2nd 2004


160 Comments


Great review. I like Thorns On My Grave and He Who Sought The Fire.

Shadows
Moderator
September 3rd 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Bartender]Good review. Two Emperor reviews in as many days![/QUOTE]
Yes, quite the coinsidence...

But at the same time disappointing because I was hoping to be the first.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 3rd 2004


826 Comments


Still, nice to see some metal reviews being done.

Leper Affinity
September 4th 2004


89 Comments


Yes. Par Ardua Ad Astra seems to be an unrelenting source of Black Metal, and never ceases to amaze everytime he reviews more of it.

I swear he's pulling these CDs out of his ***.

ThePanicInNeedlePark
February 6th 2005


13 Comments


I think tongue of fire is an awsome song, that atmospheric part then the cheesey riff after it are absolutely awsome

Dancin' Man
April 26th 2005


719 Comments


I love this album. It seems many people hate it thought because it's not tr00 enough.

Shadows
Moderator
April 26th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some people are idiots. This album is great. The Eruption is my favorite - the most badass black metal ever.

This album may not be very tr00, but its the most unique (and at times, technical) black metal album I've ever heard.

Dancin' Man
April 26th 2005


719 Comments


If you haven't already, check out Peccatum. Excellent work by Ihsahn.

Arrakakaka
September 27th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their older stuff is rawer, yet this album is amazing.This Message Edited On 10.19.05

Dead_Trench
November 28th 2005


159 Comments


The good production actually makes the music better, I hate terrible production. This album seems more death oriented than their earlier material.

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 28th 2005


257 Comments


i get to see them next summer. Course im not to sure what im getting into (friend bought the tickets) and im guessing the album i should get is In the Nightside Eclipse. Am i right though

Thor
November 28th 2005


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, In the Nightside Eclipse is their strongest release, and any fan of black metal should go get it ASAP.

nobodyblossomsforever
February 6th 2006


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, nice write-up. :thumb:

Eruption and Empty have to be the most powerful songs on that album, which as a whole kicks ass.This Message Edited On 02.06.06

Cravinov13
February 6th 2006


3854 Comments


I love what I heard from this

Thor
February 11th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While this album is very good, I just don't listen to it as much as their other releases. I just seem to like them more.

"He Who Sought the Fire" is a great track though.

Aakon_Keetreh
February 11th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i have not heard this yet.

nobodyblossomsforever
February 11th 2006


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You need to man.



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