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Album Review

Displaying much more emotional range than many of its contemporaries, Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse combines black metal's noisy fury with synth arrangements and dark, haunting medieval chords and melodies, thus evoking moods of sorrow and loneliness. Awash in pagan imagery, the album was recorded in the Memorial Hall of Edvard Grieg for additional atmosphere, indicative of the record's ambition and of the band's willingness to experiment and push the limits of the death metal genre. In fact, In the Nightside Eclipse, although not quite as complex or accessible as its follow-up, is arguably the definitive Norwegian black metal album. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

Customer Reviews


Some albums or artists are said to define a genre. This is one such album, though for many unusual reasons. First, although most definitely Black Metal it is unusual in that the lyrics are not anti-Christian. Indeed, Emperor have no need to define themselves by a negative. Instead the lyrics are incredibly well written, genuinely haunting and stunningly intelligent. Production values, again, defined the genre almost by accident.... this album *sounds* cold, as though you are lying on a bed of ice while listening. Vocals and guitars soar with a curiously pleasant metallic edge and the drums are at times painfully sharp [a side-effect of the recording conditions] but remain absolutely perfect in context of the rest of the recording. But one of the core things separating The Emperor from the rest of the BM world - which emphatically tried and tries to copy this very sound - is that they broke every rule they formed with the astonishing follow up, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk. As such '..Nightside Eclipse' perfectly encapsulates the feeling and spirit that abounded in Norway at the early creative peak of the BM revolution. If you are unfortunate enough to consider Cradle of Filth BM, or [the quite excellent] Dimmu Borgir the best in the business, buy this NOW and take yourself to the soul of not only BM, but Metal itself. This is a pure sonic experience which will probably never be equalled, never mind beaten.


This is probably the standard most of todays Black Metal front runners have based their material on. Pretty much the most iconic album of it's genre with gut wrenching riffage and inspring, even haunting musical melodies. It may be almost 10 years old, but still remains one of the most revered among black metal fans and artists alike!

Black Metal's finest hour

I had never heard of any black metal until hearing Inno a Satana on Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Any preconceptions of the black metal ideology are quickly erased with the spooky keyboard sounds that precede Into the Infinity of Thoughts, followed by a relentless onslaught of rolling drums, scorching riffs and Ishahn's rasping vocals. From the opening scream of Towards the Pantheon to the eerie chanting of Inno A Satana, this is one black metal album deserving of a place in your CD collection. Sit back, relax and let the dark atmosphere of this classic BM album smother you.


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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