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CategoryVinyl
ThemeBands
GenreBlack Metal
EditionColoured, Limited Edition, Re-Release
Media formatEP
Media PackagingStandard
Available since 03.02.2017
Product code345071

Emperor's legendary 'Emperor' EP is now available on vinyl. A showcase of black metal at its best, it remains a true classic just as it was when first released in 1993. Limited edition LP release on colourful vinyl (transparent red).

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Songs have grown more complex, and the style has altered to include mainstream-friendly touches like squeaky guitar solos, and frequent "clean" singing. Some listeners will be thrilled by this; others, displeased. In any case, one cannot deny the high quality of composition and performance. Hence the generous rating. Personally, though, I am disappointed by all the glamorous new embellishments to a sound which once was starker, darker, and capable of achieving "epic" impact on decidedly non-mainstream terms. Anyway, a well-constructed introduction opens the album, building to a peak that's musically very well-conceived, but seriously weakened by brassy synthesizer tones, sounding a climactic theme which would roar like thunder if performed with guitar instead. Then again, for optimal impact, the guitars would require a powerful sound, something which they lack on this album. With the exception of the occasional up-front riff, solo, or melodic lead line, the guitars sound awfully thin, and they tend to get lost within a high-pitched wash of vocals, drums, and keyboards which dominates the mix. Thankfully, though, there is -plenty- of blazing speed maintained by Trym's excellent drumming. Except for the opening and closing tracks, all the songs build blasts of fiery energy into structures that house lots of musical variation. "Ensorcelled by Khaos" and "The Acclamation of Bonds" do this especially enjoyably - whereas some of the other songs don't seem quite as well-constructed.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is THE album that defines symphonic black metal. It’s not the band’s best album, but it is their most important. By today’s standard, the production is rather, well... obscure in a lot of places. But it’s a Grieghallen Production, and just about anything that comes out of that godly music hall is flawed in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.

The standard of grandioseness through synthesized keyboards and layers and layers of guitars while bass drums go at full speed nearly constantly was set by Emperor here. They had been doing it before this album, but there is something about the overall mood being stepped up in its pomposity and regalness that make this one such a benchmark.

Many people hail the “In the Nightside Eclipse” album as Emperor’s best; I think it’s a superb release (even more if you take into consideration it’s their first full-length album) but not their best; I think that “In the Nightside Eclipse” was an important step for Emperor to reach enough maturity and musical skills to create the masterpiece this album is; I definitely believe that Emperor reached their climax here; never again would Emperor or any other Black Metal band I’ve heard to date create an album as astonishing as this one.

Many bands have come and will come, and most of them will go without being remembered; some will be remembered for the wrong reasons (arson, murder), but I hope that the mighty Emperor will be remembered for the amazing art they created, especially for the masterpiece this album is.

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