In my opinion this is easily one of, if not the best album of all time. Yes the production is not the greatest, however it fits very well with the overall ambiance of the album. This offering has everything that one could hope to have. The vocals are excellent, even when Ihsahn switches to "clean" vocals. Those "clean" vocals are not at all overpowering or over the top and they fit in rather well. The drum work is magnificent, fast and steady. The guitar work is top notch. There really isn?t anything that I can find wrong with this album, highly recommended.
Honestly, there's not a lot of black metal I can get into. Maybe it's the tripe production. Anyways, this is also the only Emperor release I could get into. Very production is still "raw" but this time the music dosen't suffer from it. Great music, meh vocals, and shit production = 3.5
Being fairly new to the black metal genre, I have not listened to all the black metal albums that are out there, but I have listened to a few, and Anthems to Welkin at Dusk is easily my favorite of them all. Emperor might not have invented the genre, but they definately changed the sound of black metal with In the Nightside Eclipse. Anthems follows in its predecessor's footsteps, using the same crushing vocals, guitar work, and drumming along with the atmospheric keyboarding that makes for an all-around symphonic black metal masterpiece.