Emperor- In The Nightside Eclipse
Band Homepage: http://www.emperorhorde.com/index2.html
Label Homepage: http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/home.shtml
Released in 1995 (or 1994, depending on what country you are in) on Candlelight Records, “In The Nightside Eclipse” is the first full length in CD format released by Emperor (with numerous demo tapes and two split-release CDs previous).
Consisting of nine songs with a total playing time of 48:24 (unless you have the 1998 re-release, which also contains two cover songs that appear on the Bathory and Mercyful Fate tribute albums), “In The Nightside Eclipse” is a journey of atmospheric depth and intense aggression. This album has something for everyone, be they hardened and grim, or consider themselves progressive and forward thinking.
The musicianship on this album is brilliant, in both the conceptualization and the execution. Sweeping and majestic keys weave throughout each song to create an epic and mournful feel that ensnares the listener, while screaming grim vocals, explosive drumming, and crushing guitar riffs exude pure and unadulterated aggression. All of which contributes to a massive wall of impenetrable sound and absolute darkness.
“In The Nightside Eclipse” is more than just a Black Metal album. It is a place that one can go where all is dark and mystical. It is an attitude of hatred and of bitter coldness. It is power. For some people, “In The Nightside Eclipse” is considered the shift away from the grim and true Norwegian Black Metal that Emperor had helped create. While I allow for the opinions of other, I stand tall in saying that I cannot disagree more. “In The Nightside Eclipse” will ever be the shining moment for Emperor for me, regardless of what occurred before or after.
All hail Emperor.