Emperor
Emperial Live Ceremony


4.5
superb

Review

by Thor USER (73 Reviews)
September 26th, 2005 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great look into Emperor's menacing live performance.

Emperor " Emperial Live Ceremony

Emperor have been one of the most influential and important bands in black metal history. This is a live album that was released in 2000 and is one of the finest live performances that I have come across in a live time. Every member is displaying great musicianship, and you will see the details about that later on in the review.

Let me start off and say that the production of this album is great unlike some of their past recordings that make you want to vomit because the quality sounds like it was made fifty years ago. This is professional quality so you can hear everything great.

The concert starts off with haunting keyboard effects for a little bit over a minute until you can hear the crowd scream, and then "Curse you all men!" is screamed, and they mayhem commences. The concert starts off with one of my favorite Emperor songs. The drums are insanely fast during this track; sometimes I find it hard to believe that it"s not a machine. Every band member in this song is showing off great skill, especially the drums and guitar (great solo in this song). This song is a great opener and shows that the show is going to be promising. The next song that you will hear is Thus Spake the Nightspirit, and it does not disappoint. I was once again blown away by the drums, and the keyboards play a prominent role in this song as well. The vocals sound like they always do, but they just make you want to bang your head. You"ll also hear some good clean vocals near the end of this song.

Now, we have reached what could be Emperor"s most famous song, I Am the Black Wizards. This, along with Curse You All Men, is the best songs on this performance. The guitar work is phenomenal, as well as the blast beats. The song is just so enjoyable that you will find yourself listening to it time and time again. You might find yourself laughing at the side talk in between tracks because of the funny accent, but I think it just adds to the European feel of the show. For those of you who like the clean vocals An Elegy of Icaros, the next song, gives you just that. The vocals are the best part of this song, but the music is still top notch. After this we come upon the next and longest song, With Strength I Burn. This song is a real head banger, and is much heavier than the last song. Three minutes into this song there is a quiet part with evil chanting that just makes you want to throw up the devil horns. There is also an impressive guitar solo near the end of this song.

The sixth track is called Sworn, and I think it"s the weak point of the album. At this point you"ve heard everything that this song has to offer. The fast drums, shrieking vocals and brutal guitar riffs. It"s not a bad song, but it"s nothing you haven"t heard already. After this we go back to an older Emperor song called Night of the Graveless Souls. It opens with a great drum intro, and then the song takes off from there. The riffs in this song are great, and the vocal work is awesome as well. And finally, we have reached the final song of the album, Inno A Satana. The show definetly ends with a bang, showing off every band member to the fullest. It"s a great way to end the show. But wait! There"s an encore! The band then comes back and plays a final song off of their album Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, Ye Entrancemperium. This song contains the best drumming of the night with what are some of the fastest blast beats ever recorded. The crowd then starts chanting "Emperor! Emperor!" over and over until the album fades out. Wow, what a crazy and awesome show.

Pros:
--Great drums and guitar work
--Almost all of the songs are great
--Good production quality

Cons
--The show could have been longer!
--Only one weak song, Sworn

This is one of the best live performances that I have come across in a long while. If you are a fan of metal, or are a drummer, this album is a must have. Trust me, it"s worth your while.

Final rating " 4.5/5



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Shadows
Moderator
September 27th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You nailed it pretty well. It was a great show, but could've been longer. I thought all of the tracks were quite strong, and the drums seemed to be a step up from what they recorded on the albums.



This was a great review, just work on formatting. It's much harder to read a solid block of text than something divided into paragraphs.

Thor
September 27th 2005


10351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I just fixed all that. Thanks for the positive feedback.

Apocalyptic Raids
September 27th 2005


810 Comments


Nice work.

I've been meaning to pick this one up for a long time, I'm a sucker for live albums :D

RiceMonster
September 27th 2005


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great job. My friend bought the DVD of this, which I enjoyed.



Let me start off and say that the production of this album is great unlike some of their past recordings that make you want to vomit because the quality sounds like it was made fifty years ago. This is professional quality so you can hear everything great.


I do disagree with your review here though. I really don't think they're production is bad, or unclear in the least bit, but that's just me. This is coming from a big fan of raw black metal as well.This Message Edited On 09.26.05

Shattered_Future
September 27th 2005


1627 Comments


Good review.

Emperor is a band that I actually have some stuff of, yet have neglected to listen to it...this review convinced me to put it towards the top of my "listen to" list.

Maybe I should get this DVD too...it sounds awesome.

Hammerheart
September 27th 2005


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have the DVD of this also, and it is fantastic, Trym puts on an outstanding performance here and makes it look easy. Great review, one of my favorite live albums ever.

Shadows
Moderator
September 27th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, Rice is right. Emperor's albums always had pretty good quality, especially by black metal standards. ItNE and AttWaD were both very clear, although oftentimes overwhelming.

Aakon_Keetreh
September 27th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey where can i get this cd, i cant find it anywhere

Thor
September 27th 2005


10351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would use amazon.com to get it.

Bartender
September 27th 2005


826 Comments


I can't comment on the album itself, since I haven't heard it, but I've heard album versions of many of the songs on it, and they are indeed great tracks. Good review, though I think I'd rather start with some studio albums when I (finally) get around to buying some Emperor.

Aakon_Keetreh
September 29th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

okay but nvm, i found a copy of it on ebay for like 10$

Werny
January 21st 2006


148 Comments


Actually, Rice is right. Emperor's albums always had pretty good quality, especially by black metal standards. ItNE and AttWaD were both very clear, although oftentimes overwhelming.

I have listened to the song I Am The Black Wizards for ages, and I am only just starting to hear what the guitar is playing. Not clear at all, IMO. Although it's one of the greatest songs of all time, it definitely has the best choir-synths I've ever heard.
And AttWaD, although it had good production, was certainly not clear. In Ye Entrancemperium the guitar is impossible to hear, I can only hear drums, a wall of static and synths.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 21st 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i can hear everything fine

Thor
January 21st 2006


10351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the quality is rather good.

Darkside18
October 18th 2006


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This show is amazing!

FR33L0RD
September 20th 2007


6401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice production for Black Metal, excellent choice of songs, superb performance

Hawks
November 27th 2018


84731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP Shadows. m/



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