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Release date: 8 July 1997
Style: Symphonic black metal

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8.9 | 710 votes

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01. Alsvartr (The Oath)
02. Ye Entrancemperium
03. Thus Spake The Nightspirit
04. Ensorcelled By Khaos
05. The Loss And Curse Of Reverence
06. The Acclamation Of Bonds
07. With Strength I Burn
08. The Wanderer
09. In Longing Spirit [reissue bonus]
10. Opus A Satana [reissue bonus]
11. The Loss And Curse Of Reverence [live] [reissue bonus]

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Line-up
Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan - vocals, guitars, synths
Tomas "Samoth" Thormodsæter Haugen - guitars
Kai "Trym Torson" Johnny Mosaker - drums
Jonas Alver - bass

Guest review by
dark awakening

Rating:
9.6
I started listening to Emperor with the last work of the band: Prometheus. Yes, that album was good, but there were too much "addings" that shouldn't be found in a Black Metal album in general. I appreciate the progressive elements though in some parts of the disc. Hearing this I was a little sceptic about the other Emperor works, but at the same time curious.

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published 07.02.2007 | Comments (23)

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Got Mayhem? - 24.07.2010 at 21:21  
Rating: 10 One of those albums that blows you away no matter how many times you've listened to it. Quite literally timeless. I'm not really sure why some people give this masterpiece so much flak. Musicianship is breathtaking, production is decent (great compared to their contemporaries...), and the songwriting is very professional.
Destructhor - 09.03.2011 at 00:17  
  This is a black metal cult classic, HAIL THE DARK GODS... \\m//
TormentorOCS - 26.03.2011 at 12:08  
  As important an album to metal history as any of black sabbaths albums, but i feel like i'm in the minority that i feel in the nightside eclipse is a better album.
RajaKafir - 20.10.2011 at 14:49  
Rating: 10 The Loss and Curse of Reverence \m/
RAMBOBG - 01.08.2012 at 18:46  
  Every single song from this album rocks!
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 21:31  
Rating: 9 "Honour. Commended no longer as virtue.
Yet, shalt be extolled by light's demise!" Epic!
Dentura - 23.10.2012 at 03:49  
Rating: 8 This album is awesome, even though it's not my favorite Emperor release. The mixing on the vocals makes it sound buried underneath the music, even more so than on "In The Nightside Eclipse" to be honest. I found that to be a distracting factor, because Ihsahn's vocals are among the best in black metal. Nonetheless, this is great.
Dentura - 23.10.2012 at 09:06  
Rating: 8
Written by TormentorOCS on 26.03.2011 at 12:08

As important an album to metal history as any of black sabbaths albums, but i feel like i'm in the minority that i feel in the nightside eclipse is a better album.


A lot of other Emperor fans think so as well.
LeKiwi - 09.11.2012 at 19:03  
  I can definitely see the musicianship in this release but I still cannot fathom why the shitty production and the indiscernible instruments is a desirable factor....I guess black metal just isn't for me.
Erik M. - 23.02.2013 at 17:00  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 09.11.2012 at 19:03

I can definitely see the musicianship in this release but I still cannot fathom why the shitty production and the indiscernible instruments is a desirable factor....I guess black metal just isn't for me.


Shitty production? I don't see what you're on about here to be honest... if you don't like this at all, then I guess symphonic black metal indeed isn't your thing, because it doesn't get much better than this.

Anyway, like their debut, this album is totally amazing... although I like this one less than Into The Nightside Eclipse.
LeKiwi - 23.02.2013 at 20:39  
 
Written by Erik M. on 23.02.2013 at 17:00

Written by LeKiwi on 09.11.2012 at 19:03

I can definitely see the musicianship in this release but I still cannot fathom why the shitty production and the indiscernible instruments is a desirable factor....I guess black metal just isn't for me.


Shitty production? I don't see what you're on about here to be honest... if you don't like this at all, then I guess symphonic black metal indeed isn't your thing, because it doesn't get much better than this.

Anyway, like their debut, this album is totally amazing.


Edit: Production isn't shitty and the instruments are rather discernible

November was a depressing time with exams and the like, probably took out my frustrations through disdainful posts on Metal Storm :S
schlakt - 28.11.2013 at 21:34  
Rating: 10 I ruined the "666 votes" but i fucking love this album, so it's okey i guess.
Himedal - 30.11.2013 at 10:57  
Rating: 10 Fucking perfect \\m//
Himedal - 30.11.2013 at 10:58  
Rating: 10
Written by LeKiwi on 09.11.2012 at 19:03

I can definitely see the musicianship in this release but I still cannot fathom why the shitty production and the indiscernible instruments is a desirable factor....I guess black metal just isn't for me.

Dude, you guess just right.
Troy Killjoy - 30.11.2013 at 16:15  
  If someone thinks the instruments on this release are indiscernible I'd hate to see them struggle with raw black metal.
Paw!! - 11.05.2014 at 15:36  
Rating: 10 Perfect Album
All songs so fuckin' great.Best of the best Black metal album of all time. :

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