Emperor : In The Nightside Eclipse
The mighty Emperor. The Scandinavian black metal band that has been around for
many moons, and can be traced all the way back to The Black Circle. (if you dont know what
that is.. do some reading) But these guys finally released a full length album that is
worldwide, instead of just releasing demos,etc. After kicking Mortiis (yes, the same one)
out of the band and having Ishann do vocals, it was time to do a full length album.
Mortiis still has his presence on the lyric sheet mind you, but doesnt do anything
instrumentally or vocally on this album. But enough of the history lesson, onto the
Emperor has made an album that is one of the best black metal albums of all time. The
album is produced with an all treble sound, that gives you the thought of being in a
desolate forest with no one around you for miles at night. (which is what they were
probably going for anyways) They have an incredible amount talent. Samoth's guitar riffs
are fast and flawless,
Faust's drums sound like they were recorded in a garage with one mic, and Ihsahn's vocals
are loud and raspy which is how they should be. Keyboards can be heard very softly in the
background, but mix in a lot with the rest of the insturments.
They seem to make a ghostly presence on the album that plays with your mind and adds even
more atmosphere to the album. One of the best examples of this is in the song "The
Burning Shadows Of Silence" where the keyboards sound like singing ghosts traveling
through the heavens. The songs are overall pretty simple, but are done in a way that makes
them seem more complex, and it works wonderfully. I can't say much more about this
masterpeice, it's an album you just have to experience for yourself. Every Black Metal fan
should have this in their collection.
Overall score: 100/100 !
Reviewed by Brian