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Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk - Emperor

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Emperor / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2004-10-25 at Candlelight

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      25.08.2008 08:11
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      Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

      This has to be one of the best Emperor albums, next to In The Nightside Eclipse. The intro starts off perfect with guitars playing dark melodic riffs, along with the extra addons provided by the keyboard and the synths. And as the album progresses there is amazing talent, and the atmosphere created from the aggressive black metal sound is flawless. The vocals, the guitars, the drumming is just phenomenal. Perfect, and so much technique, and the riffs are extremely catchy too.
      I've been listening to this album for years now, and I never get tired of listening to this particular Emperor album. The guitar solos also are amazing in this album. This album is just a masterpiece of black metal art work. If you have a passion for black metal I highly recommend this album to you.

      Track Listing:

      01. Alsvartr (The Oath)
      02. Ye Entrancemperium
      03. Thus Spake The Nightspirit
      04. Ensorcelled By Khaos
      05. The Loss And Curse Of Reverence
      06. The Acclamation Of Bonds
      07. With Strength I Burn
      08. The Wanderer

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      04.07.2008 20:32
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      Emperor's second album (1997).

      Opinion seems to be divided among fans whether Emperor's first or second album captures the band at its best (with most unanimously agreeing that they spiralled downwards after this point). There's a distinct difference between the comparatively eloquent, melodic clarity of 'Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk' and the frosty growl of its predecessor 'In the Nightside Eclipse,' and for its greater variety and more approachable sound, I've always favoured this second effort.

      Right from the start, this album refuses to be pinned down as typical second-wave Norwegian black metal. 'Alsvartr' is led by slow and atmospheric melodies from the guitar and keyboards with rasped vocals delivered in a spoken word style, before 'Ye Entrancemperium' explodes into the familiar black metal sound, albeit with much higher and clearer production values than was typical for their contemporaries. The keyboards still reign dominant in this album as they did on its predecessor, the difference being that every instrument now stands apart from the rest with greater clarity.

      Along with Dissection's 'The Somberlain,' I'd recommend Emperor's 'Anthems' as a great introductory album to black metal for bold newcomers, less off-putting than some of the more hardcore releases but more authentic than the popular bands such as Dimmu Borgir.

      1. Alsvartr (The Oath)
      2. Ye Entrancemperium
      3. Thus Spake the Nightspirit
      4. Ensorcelled By Khaos
      5. The Loss and Curse of Reverence
      6. The Acclamation of Bonds
      7. With Strength I Burn
      8. The Wanderer

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Alsvartr (The Oath)
    2 Ye Entrancemperium
    3 Thus Spake The Nightspirit
    4 Ensorcelled By Rhaos
    5 Loss And Curse Of Reverence
    6 Acclamation Of Bonds
    7 With Strength I Burn
    8 Wanderer
    9 In Longing Spirit
    10 Opus A Satana