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Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse

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Release date: 21 February 1994
Style: Symphonic black metal


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Disc I
01. Introduction
02. Into The Infinity Of Thoughts
03. The Burning Shadows Of Silence
04. Cosmic Keys To My Creations & Times
05. Beyond The Great Vast Forest
06. Towards The Pantheon
07. The Majesty Of The Night Sky
08. I Am The Black Wizards
09. Inno A Satana
10. A Fine Day To Die [Bathory cover] [bonus]
11. Gypsy [Mercyful Fate cover] [bonus]

As The Shadows Rise 7" EP 1994
12. The Ancient Queen [remastered edition bonus]
13. Witches Sabbath [remastered edition bonus]
14. Lord Of The Storms [remastered edition bonus]

Disc II [remastered edition bonus]
01. Introduction [alternative mix]
02. Into The Infinity Of Thoughts [alternative mix]
03. The Burning Shadows Of Silence [alternative mix]
04. Cosmic Keys To My Creations & Times [alternative mix]
05. Beyond The Great Vast Forest [alternative mix]
06. Towards The Pantheon [alternative mix]
07. The Majesty Of The Night Sky [alternative mix]
08. I Am The Black Wizards [alternative mix]
09. Inno A Satana [alternative mix]

The Alckerhaugen Tapes 1993
10. The Majesty Of The Night Sky [4-track pre-production]
11. The Burning Shadows Of Silence [pre-production rehearsal]
12. I Am The Black Wizards [rehearsal]

Top 20 albums of 1994: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 113

Vegard Sverre Tveitan - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen - guitars
Terje Vik Schei - bass
Bård Guldvik Eithun - drums

Additional info
Some versions of the album have a 0.50 intro track as track 1, followed by the normal 8 tracks.
Recorded in July 1993 at Grieghallen Studios.
Produced by Pytten and Emperor.
All tracks re-mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, 2014.
Front cover and 2014 logo by Necrolord.

Guest review by
Emperor released their first full length album "In The Nightside Eclipse" in 1994. At the time, Emperor's line-up consisted of Ihsahn on lead guitars, vocals and keyboards, Samoth on guitars, Tchort on bass and Faust on drums. This album is indeed a masterpiece album in the Black Metal genre. It consists of ten tracks including the bonus tracks "A Fine Day To Die" (Bathory cover) and "Gypsy" (Merciful Fate cover). Alver (bass), Trym (drums) and Charmand Grimloch (keyboards) make appearances on the two cover songs.

published 29.12.2006 | Comments (19)

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Behold the greatest symphonic black metal release ever! "In The Nightside Eclipse" is one of the most important albums in the 90's Norwegian black metal scene. Consisting of 8 tracks plus two covers (Bathory - "A Fine Day To Die" and King Diamond's "Gypsy") this album has managed to show the listeners that black metal can be raw and extremely melodic at the same time.

published 11.05.2009 | Comments (10)

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12.06.2020 - 13:09
Rating: 10

Immense, and grand. Epic and incommensurable. Pick the one with the bonus tracks, they rock. The cover from King Diamond, Gipsy, is probably the 3 most awesomely charged minutes I've heard in a long time. The best songs are well known, Into the Infinity of Thoughts, Inno a Satana, and I'm the Black Wizards.
03.02.2021 - 18:50
Rating: 9

Their second best album (after Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk) IMO

Crazy to think Ihsahn was just 18 when they wrote and recorded this.
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19.04.2021 - 17:31
Rating: 8
I don't know how to feel about the fact that my favorite song in there is the Bathory cover, great album nonetheless
10.04.2022 - 15:01
Rating: 9
If you are a fan of extreme metal but find most black metal too samey and boring, give this one a listen, I promise it will hold your attention!
10.04.2022 - 19:15
Rating: 10
The Nice Guy
A magnificent album, with such a majestic, and wonderful atmosphere, yet so sinister, and dark, it's an unworldly experience. The whole album is mesmerising to listen to from start to finish, not one moment I find dull, and not one part I find worth skipping. Anthens To The Welkin At Dusk was fantastic, but this is something else, a huge improvement on the production imo, the instruments and symphonies are much crisper, and I found the vocals much clearer too, and the cover art is awesome! Imo this is the absolute pinnacle of symphonic black metal.

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