- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Candlelight
- ASIN: B00005OB0M
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Prometheus: the Discipline of Fire and Demise CD
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Although Emperor will likely be remembered as a black metal band, 'Prometheus' has lost most of the hallmarks of the genre. Besides the death, thrash and classic heavy metal influences that appear throughout, the album has a very orchestrated sound. Although this is usually brought about through the usual metal instruments, the band do also apply the use of the more classical-orientated. The harpsichord intro to 'The Eruption' being a perfect example.
The result? An album of colossal proportions. It simply sounds huge, the word 'epic' being perhaps the simplest description. The tracks aren't so much songs as they are compositions. Besides the superb technical ability this trio displays, mainman, Ihsahn is an unbelievable composer. The sheer scope of the music is almost unparalleled nowadays - Tool, Opeth, Neurosis and The Postman Syndrome are a few that even begin to compare.
Its a shame that so few non-extreme metal fans will be tempted to explore this work of art. In some ways, it is more accessible than the majority of black metal albums, but at the same time, shows far greater depth. There are long-running Emperor fans who put the album down, but they are missing out on the point entirely. This is one of the greatest albums of all time.
This is brilliant stuff. It's not black metal, but for those who think of themselves as true metalheads will realise just how good this is.
It's not as accessible as Wrath Of The Tyrant or Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk and some of the tunes are really hard to listen to. Trym has been using a wierdo stuttering style on some tracks which he used first I think on World Ov Worms and to be honest, the only track on Prometheus which benefits from it is Thorns On My Grave.
But, on the whole, this is a ridiculously good album which is still growing on me and has formed a Big Three, along with Reign In Blood and Master Of Puppets.
The standout tracks are In The Worldless Chamber (how intense is the kick-back after the neo-classical bit?) and Empty (the riff is like a hammer to the brain).
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Emperor is a band that does black and are one of the best black metal bands going this album won't let you down if you like black metal or is new to black metal.Published 5 months ago by kieron
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this productPublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by adam miller
I bought a copy of this album after trying out a couple of tracks on youtube.Whilst a lover of many diverse forms of extreme metal, I avoided what came under the black metal tag,... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by S. Roxburgh
It's such a shame to think that 'Prometheus: the Discipline of Fire and Demise' was Emperor's last studio offering, but they truly made it go out with a bang. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2009 by I. Hays
like emperor? like black metal? you must buy this album! I promise you will not be dissatisfied, I can't give it enough credit so i won't even begin to all i will say is treat... Read morePublished on 11 July 2008 by Mr. B. J. Neale
I know with the fans of Emperor this may be swearing- but I love this more than ALL there other albums! Its melodic, though very fast and EPIC! Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2006 by D. S. Van Strien
After reading the other reviews on this product, on amazon and in other publications, this album was held in high stead in my mind, even though i had never heard this band's music... Read morePublished on 31 July 2006 by Adrian Naik
This album has recieved many highly-positive reviews, and thus upon buying it I felt justified in having very high expectations. Read morePublished on 14 April 2005 by Daev