Emperor
In the Nightside Eclipse


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 1004 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Emperor began in early 1991 as a trio. Featuring Samoth on drums/vocals, Isahn as guitarist and Mortiis as bassist, the band quickly began writing and soon recorded their first demo, Wrath of the Tyrant. After this demo had caught Candlelight Record's attention, they made slight line-up changes. Samoth became second guitarist and Bard Faust filled in as permanent drummer. The band had already moved to the studios to record half of their Emperor/Enslaved CD wich would appear the following year. Eventually, Mortiis would leave the band only to be replaced by Tchort. The press regarding the band was exellent, and in the summer of '93 the band had recorded their first full-length album, In the Nightside Eclipse. After it's release in '94 Emperor had already made a mark as soon-to-be one of the most influential Black Metal bands ever.

Intro/Into the Infinity of Thoughts - 5/5
The intro is an odd mixture of disturbing atmospheric sounds and noises. After about fifty seconds it leads into the first song, Into the Infinty of Thoughts. Faust executes perfect blast beats, while the arpeggiated power chords of the guitars produce one of the most amazing sounds ever heard within the genre. Isahn's vocals sounds great in the beginning with an emotion that seems to match the music. The music then transitions into a more angry atmosphere, but the song keeps going strong. This is definitely a stand-out track, and by no means should anyone skip.

The Burning Shadows of Silence - 4.5/5
Sounds pretty sweet to start out. The guitars make a weird sound, but when the drums come into the background it sounds pretty kickass. With Isahn's long screams against the music, this song sounds more "Black Metal" than the previos track. It's much heavier at least. As a whole the song is pretty evil. Not quite up to step ith the last song, but keeps the album flowing nicely.

Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times - 4/5
Still pretty sdecent, but not quite standing out like the past few songs. It still posesses the atmosphere that seems to define the album, which kept it above a 3/5. The synth goes on in the background through the entire song and aound like a chorus line at times. Not too bad, but not the greatest.

Beyond the Great Vast Forest - 4/5
The music and the vocals start immediately giving the song a harder hitting feeling then the other tracks. At times it moves pretty slow with the chorus-like synth in the background (maybe every song...did I just miss it in the first two songs?). The slower parts remind me of older Metallica for some reason. Aside from that, it is slightly similar to the last track except for the speed, which makes the song identical to others but also one of the most unique on the album (woah - pretty philisophical :D ).

Towards the Pantheon - 4.25/5
Ooooooooooohhhh...the beginning is impressive with clean guitars and a light feeling. The electric instruments come in and the drum beats in the background always confuse me (I can never seem to follow them :evil: ). I think Isahn can keep a scream going longer than any human being in history. The track makes up for the lack of speed of the last song with a nice constant pace (finally). The guitar leads sound pretty cool. I've been waiting for those for a while. A pretty good song - slightly better then the last two.

The Majesty of the Night Sky - 4.75/5
Another hard-hitter. It starts immediately - screaming, blast beats, power chords, everything. For the most part it keeps up the whole song...untill...aha! More amazing sounding leads! This song is like a gold mine to me. The synth background combined with those makes this another grea track that is never to be skipped.

I Am the Black Wizards - 5/5
Is it just me, or do I smell a classic? Yes my friends, this along with the next song are some of the more famous Black Metal songs around. Even before I was into Black Metal I knew about these songs. Black Wiards boasts more great guitar leads and of course the world-famous blast beats. It eventually slows down and gets pretty atmospheric. In short, this song is pretty amazing. Never skip past - only skip to.

Inno A Satana - 5/5
*Sniff, sniff* Yep, definitely classic. This song is also pretty famous, and for a **** good reason. It begins with a little drummery by Faust, and breaks into choir-like voices in the background highlighting this thing I like to call the music. The random bursts of lead work seems to give the song a feeling of unstoppability (yeah, you heard me). This is one of the most flowing songs on the album. Easily a highlight.

A Fine Day to Die - 4.75/5
Originally unavailable on the album, but added later on the rerelease. It starts out pretty mellow with the acoustic and the singing. (Sedated) It's nice... never underestimate the almighty power of a bonus track. I knew there had to be a catch. The instruments come crashing in and the song sounds pretty chaotic and badass. Haha, the guys come through for us again.

Gypsy - 4.5/5
Love that singing! [/sarcasm] It sounds like they're strangling my cat in the background. But don't let that stop you. This song has one killer solo in the beginning. The weird singing is pretty goofy, but the music really rocks. Yes, yet another killer solo just one minute after the last! I've been waiting for solos like this the whole album. My God, do they deliver.

Conc...
This is an essential Black Metal album. One of the most classic albums of the genre. Along with Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk this is probably the band's best album. The remastering sounds great - sorry Darkthrone fans. If you're a fan of either the band or the genre, you must have this album. No question. One of the best albums I own.

Recommended songs:
Into the Infinity of Thoughts
I Am the Black Wizards
Inno A Satana
A Fine Day to Die

Final rating - 5/5 :thumb:
Enjoy - this album is nearly flawless!



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Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 11th 2004


106 Comments


This album is incredible, I am the Black Wizards and Inno a Satana are incredible.
Nice Review.

I hope you know that the last two songs on the re-release are covers...
A Fine Day to die is originally written by Bathory
Gypsy is originally written by Mercyful Fate

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 11th 2004


106 Comments


Here's the album cover, by the way.

EDIT: For your convenience...

extreme_191
September 11th 2004


17 Comments


I have Arcturus-Aspera Hiems Symfonia, and I'm going to get Welkins At The Dusk of Dawn. This one looks pretty good, is it better than Welkins at the dusk? Also can you sugest other albums alike? The more technical the better. Thanks

superpeer
September 11th 2004


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, this is a good album.

I like 'Beyond the great vast forest' and 'inno a satana' a lot.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 11th 2004


826 Comments


I've edited in the album cover - feel free to move it around if you like.

Good review, too. Emperor are one of the many bands where I like what I've heard by them, but don't actually own anything by them.

Shadows
Moderator
September 12th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, thanks for the album cover. I looked around and searched for it for a while but came up empty. This one's nice and big.

(To Per Ardua Ad Astra) No, I actually didn't know they were covers. I don't know much about Mercyful Fate but I'm surprised I didn't catch the Bathory song.

(To extreme_191) I'm assuming you meant Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk. If I'm wrong, then I'm sorry, but it's 1 am and I just got home from work and I'm feeling pretty stupid. Both this and Anthems are extremely good - It's tough to say which is better, but I would say Anthems has a slight edge over this one.

manuscriptreplica
September 12th 2004


431 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review of an excellent album. 5/5 is spot on.

manuscriptreplica
September 12th 2004


431 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

P.S, is the album over big enough?

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 12th 2004


106 Comments


[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]P.S, is the album over big enough?[/QUOTE]

NEVER!

Shadows
Moderator
September 12th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]P.S, is the album over big enough?[/QUOTE]
Soon, I shall find an album cover that defies the universe. One that will only be entirely visable from the depths of space. We shall create albums with covers so big that soon we will destroy ourselves!

Shadows
Moderator
September 12th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

(To Per Ardua Ad Astra) I don't suppose you had planned to review IX Equilibrium did you? If not I'll be happy to take it off your hands.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 12th 2004


106 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop Punk](To Per Ardua Ad Astra) I don't suppose you had planned to review IX Equilibrium did you? If not I'll be happy to take it off your hands.[/QUOTE]

Go right ahead, i would if i had the time but now that school has started i doubt i will have the time.

Shadows
Moderator
September 14th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where are you from exactly? I know the feeling though - after I started school I went from one review a day to one a month.

Yeah, I just wanted everyone to know I have Equilibrium so they think I'm so awesome. :thumb: (God I'm so desperately lonely...)

Mekkalayakay
November 26th 2004


167 Comments


This is going to be one of my next purchases if I can find the cd, but I'm quite sure Emperor is one of the more accessable black metal bands, yes?

and I adore the cover art.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, I just saw a bunch of Emperor CDs in an electronics store around my home. They're not exactly mainstream but easier to find then other black metal bands.

Mekkalayakay
November 26th 2004


167 Comments


Yeah, I've seen Emperor cd's in stores around my home, I just didn't have any knowledge of the band, so I can't remember if this album was there or not.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It should be. All Emperor albums are equally popular. I actually managed to get this one used in excellent condition for $6. I was a very happy guy that day. Not to mention I've seen Anthems and Equilibrium new at a Media Play by my home.

manuscriptreplica
November 26th 2004


431 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've never seen a real Emperor CD in my life

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]I've never seen a real Emperor CD in my life [/QUOTE]
:angry: :amaze: :evil: :mad: :upset: indeed. You should get some ASAP.

Man, I really need to stop posting in my own reviews.

manuscriptreplica
November 26th 2004


431 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Posting in your own reviews is great, especially if you bump an old one :p



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