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4.0 out of 5 stars Opinion is divided, 1 Nov 2007
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Charles Shelley (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Audio CD)
This album was shunned by elitist black metal circles on its release, but the fact remains that it was this record that launched Emperor into the semi mainstream world and was recognised by a larger musical audience. It is true that the quality of the music has taken a blow as a result, which is so often the price for the greater success of underground bands, but it is still necessary to gain some perspective, such were the heights that Emperor reached on earlier works that it was only to be expected that a slight dent in the quality would take place. The production is again spot on, and captures the various instruments and effects perfectly, and there are enough of them. The guitars remain the guiding force, but they are aided by more pronounced and overtly classically styled keyboards and strings. The drums, courtesy of Enslaved drummer Trym, are once again perfect, adding a dense blast of sound underneath, which holds the chaos of the rest of the music together into some kind of structure and order. Ihsahn's vocals are very low in the mix and it is often hard to make them out at all, but one can still tell from this that they have taken on a much harder sound; he has all but abandoned the demented scream of "In the Nightside Eclipse", and gone for a harder roar instead. He also employs a clean vocal, most notably on "With Strength I Burn", adding further to the operatic classical feel to this record, alienating some fans but attracting more at the same time. We are also treated to a highly melodic and surprisingly gentle intro by the name of "Alsbartr (the Oath)", which slowly takes the listener through dark caverns of atmosphere, and is an interesting way to open the album. This effort, whilst remaining enjoyable for the veteran black metal fan, should be recommended for beginners, to whom bad production is not yet endurable, as this album offers a big operatic sound, but remains harsh and true to the black metal form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic black metal brilliance, 6 April 2009
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Mr Beardface (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Audio CD)
While I like the later Emperor albums,this and In the nightside eclipse come out on top every time.There isn't really anything bad to say about this album as a metal fan and if you like black metal even a little this is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another stunning album., 1 Jun 2014
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Ed (Cirencester (near), UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Audio CD)
Emperor's second album is truly a feat of music itself, in any respect. It has taken well over a dozen times to listen to this album and not here something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This transcends music in itself., 8 Dec 2013
This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Audio CD)
Next to Slayer's "Reign In Blood" and Dream Theatre's "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory" this is the most magnificent achievement in history of music.
And yet, being only a vessel for unfathomable evil, this album stands as the only proof I have come upon in the world that evil forces actually exist.
Listen to it in the pitch darkness only, and I swear you'll never be the same.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album, 22 Jan 2009
This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Audio CD)
An excellent black metal album that is far far better than any of their later releases. It is a definate 'must-hear' and the only reason it doesnt get the full five stars is because the level of the vocals are too low, which just verges on annoying because the rest of the production and the quality of the song writing is extremely good.
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