Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: Remastered
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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.
'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.Read more ›
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Without doubt one of the finest black metal albums of all time. Wonderful soundscapes and unbelievable nordic atmosphere, driven by pummeling drums and guitars. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2011 by Bleak Master
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, the followup to the EP, Reverence, is a classic. Not a classic of black metal. Not a classic of modern and atmospheric black metal. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2002 by email@example.com
...and for the most part very good. Some of the songs on here are brilliant, like "Thus Spake The Nightspirit". Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2002