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Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: Remastered

Emperor Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B00000GAJ7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Metal reaches new heights (or depths?) 8 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
After the landmark that was "In the Nightside Eclipse", many people said that BM ahd reached it's ultimate peak. For many people the next Emperor album would prove them wrong. ATTWADhas a slightly different focus from ITNE, being slightly more melodic, though no less heavy and brutal in places. Isahn's singing is very good, and some tracks have wonderfully calm but nontheless dark sections. Imagine the calm at the center of the storm, and you'll have a good idea.
The song quality is superb, and I've herd of classical music lovers listening to the intro with interest. From the proclamation of might that is the intro, through the excellent main body of tracks, through to the simply staggeringly melodic but dark ending, this CD does what so many others do not: engenders emotional responses in the listener. And this is what Black Metal is all about. As allways the production quality is exemplary, with the synth less overbearing than onm some previous Emperor CDs.
I waould asy that for Emperor this album is not a step forward, but is certainly not a step backwards. It's a slight move sideways for the band who seem to be exploring new possibilities in Black Metal. If you are a newcomewr to BM, then buy tihs album instantly! If you are a dedicated BM fan, then yu own this CD already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very pinnacle of Operatic Black Metal 28 Dec 2003
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When people talk about Emperor, all the highest praise is normally reserved for their seminal In The Nightside Eclipse record. This praise is certainly well deserved, it is an astounding album, but Anthems... is every bit as good and in some aspects, not least production, manages to actually top its illustrious predecessor. This may sound like heresy to some old school Black Metal fans, but I reckon it's true. For starters, the intro track Alsvartr (The Oath) is every bit as overblown as you'd expect from a band like Emperor, before it segues into the blinding speedblast that is Ye Entrancemperium, where drum lord Trym gets to show all us how fast he is (very!). The whole album continues in the same vein, with mainman Ihsahn's ripping riffs and snarled vocals complemented perfectly by his excellent keyboard melodies, as well as the second guitar of Samoth, something not enough Black Metal bands tend to bother with. Brilliant stuff. If you're a Cradle Of Filth fan and reckon that they're the last word in Operatic Black Metal (even Black Metal is pushing it a bit these days, but not to worry) you should check this album out with all haste to see where Dani got a big chunk of his inspiration from. Seasoned Black Metallers will most likely already own it, and if not, they definitely should.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 30 Jan 2002
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This is the album that really caught my attention and got me interested in Black Metal. For me, this is one of the most absorbing albums I have ever heard, I wouldn't like to pick a stand-out track because they all work together so well. Before I got this, I thought Black Metal was just about goths dressing up and playing metal, but this is much more than I ever believed it could be. Almost as extreme as Cryptopsy or Nile, I would say, but with the cold, harsh production that makes it so compelling. I mostly wrote this review so I could give the album 5 stars instead of the 4 it already has.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthems to welkin at dusk 14 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
it may have took a journey to dublin but i finally got the album last month.And it was worth every euro.it just has the abillity to leave you spellbound and if you just sit down and listen to it in its entirety you will feal like time is stretched.Every house should have at least 1 copy of this album infact every house should have all emperors albums.all i have to get is emperial live ceremonies.back to hard labour for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Ensorcelled! 20 April 2011
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The major debut album was unutterably fantastic. This follow-up is purely astounding. What came after this however is even better, which may give you some idea as to the majesty of creativity on show and how privileged I feel to have these 4 albums to return to time and time again.

'Alsvartr' begins beautifully. It is testament to their growth and ability that they can take their time to begin their opus. Towards the end the track turns into something quite different. There was a slight cringe when the synthesised medieval horns sounded about a minute to the end but it's all part of the joy of loving this band; to embrace the uncool, cheesy aspects completely immerses you within the creation. The first 3 tracks that follow are not my favourite but still kick any of their peers into the background, '..Nightspirit' being my pick of the 3. After this, however, there is nothing but classic, classic, classic all the way.

'The Loss and Curse of Reverence' is stunning. It sounds like a programmed machine on the rampage, it's the only way I've got to describe it - it's beyond music. The wonderful 'Acclamation of Bonds' scythes in afterwards with its own inbuilt excellence. The mid-section is a sublime masterclass on how to make an Emperor track; its fast, raw and heavily structured but with slight musical breaks in the cloud that become so much more than they should because of the gulf between them and the ferocity and darkness that has passed. 'With Strength I Burn', dare I say slows things down a little. It's 8 minutes of perfect musicianship. There are the shredding moments but what sets it apart from the rest is that it is actually a chorus/verse song and not a diverse melee of atonal sound.
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