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Release date: 23 November 1999
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. Curse You All Men!
02. Decrystallizing Reason
03. An Elegy Of Icaros
04. The Source Of Icon E
05. Sworn
06. Nonus Aequilibrium
07. The Warriors Of Modern Death
08. Of Blindness & Subsequent Seers
09. Outro

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Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan - vocals, lead guitars, bass, synths
Tomas "Samoth" Thormodsæter Haugen - rhythm guitars
Kai "Trym Torson" Johnny Mosaker - drums, percussion

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After the 1997's metal monster "Anthems to the Welkin at dusk", the norwegian bloodhounds Emperor recorded what i call, the perfect follow up. Although "Anthems..." is a practically impossible album to be equaled, "IX Equilibrium" transforms the ideas of the last work in an excellent way, and takes them to a different level; The structure is quite more technical, and more brutal, but the intensity remains. The band's natural virtuosity acts by itself, and here we confirmate the thing that makes Emperor the best: Unity.

published 21.11.2003 | Comments (9)

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Metallife - 02.01.2010 at 13:26  
Dentura - 25.10.2012 at 02:59  
Rating: 8 This album is intense! Awesome stuff.
musicalkaratekid - 16.09.2014 at 17:28  
Rating: 8 Not quite as immediately intense and engaging as the band's first two albums were, but the musicianship here remains utterly solid and mezmerizing the more you listen. Personal highlights for me would be "Curse You all Men!" and especially the outro to "Of Blindness and subsequent Seers".
Erik M. - 03.11.2014 at 22:35  
Rating: 7 Unlike the first two Emperor albums, this one doesn't really click with me. The ocassional high-pitched "heavy metal vocals" really are out-of-place too. Sounds damn silly.

Yeah, I guess I'll just stick with the brilliant In The Nightside Eclipse.
Joe Zombie - 28.01.2015 at 07:17  
Rating: 8 Awesome album. I love the guitar work on this one. Solid production; raw but listenable. Favorite track: An Elegy of Icaros.

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