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Whereas the debut poured sorrow from every measure, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk takes a more regal stance by adding a classical influence to the keyboard lines (the album was recorded in the Memorial Hall of Grieg). Not only is the music more complex, it's also a bit more varied and accessible; the vocals don't rely exclusively on death metal's throaty growling, and sometimes match the band's scattered passages of melodicism. Less sorrowful than In the Nightside Eclipse, Emperor's bleak outlook is nonetheless intact. This is an album by a band fully intent on realizing their creative potential, displaying no intention of compromise while simultaneously raising the stakes for a genre most fans were starting to think had dried up. The Reverence EP, which preceded the album, is included here in its entirety, featuring a CD-ROM video and an orchestral version of Eclipse's "Inno a Satana." [This Candlelight release contains a bonus interview and various live clips.] ~Jeremy Ulrey & Steve Huey ~, Rovi


Formed: 1992 in Notodden, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

When attention first focused on Norway's almost cartoonishly violent black metal scene in the mid-'90s, Mayhem were dubbed its godfathers, but most of the critical accolades were bestowed upon Emperor, whose musical innovations have had more impact on the genre than any other band. Norwegian black metal was rife with anti-Christian sentiment, but Emperor found novel ways of expressing it in their music; while their music could be furious and violent, the group was also influenced by the darkly majestic...
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