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Black Metal reaches new heights (or depths?),
This review is from: Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: Remastered (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.