In the Nightside Eclipse

September 4, 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 12, 2015
  • Release Date: January 12, 2015
  • Label: CANDLELIGHT/TANGLADE
  • Copyright: Abstract Sounds Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 59:49
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  • ASIN: B000W06CBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse is perhaps the seminal black metal album.
General Zombie
I'd say this is also a great album for those just getting into black metal because it is fairly melodic, but anyone with a taste for darker music will like it.
Daniel Simon
The drumming is great, the bass is inaudible, but I'm confident that it's good, and the guitar work is magnificent.
"bay_area_thrasher"

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "bay_area_thrasher" on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that took Black metal to another level. What I dig about this album is that it comes off as being progressive, but not pompous . This is really the last album Emperor put out before Ihsahn's technical ambitions, operatic vocals, and overblown experimentation with keyboards ruined the experience. In my opinion, this is their creative and artistic peak in which they were able to tell when enough was enough. The drumming is great, the bass is inaudible, but I'm confident that it's good, and the guitar work is magnificent. There is also a light, concious dash of keyboards thrown into the mix. Many people have complained about the production of this album. Who cares? Why do people gripe so much about the production of certain albums? Besides, the production isn't THAT bad. Go listen to a Darkthrone album. THAT'S bad (not that I'm knocking Darkthrone. I like them for different reasons).
I have another thought that I'd like to get off my chest: Iv'e heard some people call this band "Wimperor". Wimperor? Give me a break. If being creative, original and talented is wimpy, then these guys are some of the biggest wimps in Black metal. Black metal enthusiasts revel in this album because it stands out as being original in a subgenre polluted with countless Darkthrone ripoffs who think that putting out albums made up of bargain basement production and blindingly fast, inexcusably sloppy material makes them "true".
The highlights of this album include "Into the infinity of thoughts", "The burning shadows of silence", "Beyond the great vast forest", and "I am the black wizards". The covers of Bathory's "A fine day to die" and Mercyful fate's "Gypsy" are very well done (even though Ihsahn sounds absurd trying to imitate King Diamond. Stick with screaming man!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barry Lee Dejasu on October 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Atmosphere is what makes up the real trait of black metal. Some examples of many black metal bands are identified by certain traits (most commonly tremolo guitar riffs, gutter production, screeching vocals, and evil lyrics). These are what cause such controversy as to whether or not a band in question is "true" or not. However, I disagree; I think that if a black metal band carries the right atmosphere in their music, they should be considered black metal - period. Emperor is (or, as many troglodytes hold the "early stuff" accusation tight to this band) such an example. Atmosphere runs thick through their music, and not just from the above mentioned traits; it is, like the metal genre as a whole, a matter of FEELING, and not of actual sound, which defines a "truth" in the sound of a band.

Take "Into the Infinity of Thoughts," for example. The soaring keyboard melodies during one of the verses (with a choir of female voices) and the thin (but obvious) guitars all harmonize into a dense, extremely dark atmosphere that is sinister and ominous and at once simply beautiful. This multi-instrumental harmony slowly drops in timbre and tone until you are trapped in an icy night of evil, where the moon grins down upon your lost soul. This long song (over 7 ˝ minutes) is the summation of all of Emperor's finest qualities, and could be the defining black metal song, period.

"The Cosmic Keys to My Recreations and Times" starts off with an awesome guitar riff (awesome in a musical aspect, too) that is so menacing, giving an image of the light of day being obliterated by sudden clouds that appear out of nowhere...angry clouds, thick and heavy, and trailing beneath and behind them a sweeping layer of rain which quickly corrodes all peace and solitude.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Anderson Berry on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When i first purchased "In the Nightside Eclipse", i was not all that familar with the genre of "Black Metal". I really had no idea what to expect. The first time i listened to it, i was a bit dissapointed, mostly on account of the production. But as i got more familar with the songs, i started to realize how amazing this album really is. The booming drums, the fast guitar, and the harsh vocals are very cool, but what actually brings out the true black, icy atmophere of this album IS the production. Just the way everything blends together, and creates this GIANT sound makes this whole album seem like an epic, dark journey. Every song has this type of feeling, but are all unique in their tempo, drum beats, and guitar riffs. What else makes the atmosphere so vast and epic is the choir and strings in the background of the metal. They are perfectly in tune with the blaring guitar, and add so much affect to the feel of the album that you can't get out of anything else.

Although this was the first, and the least complex out of any of Emperor's albums, the pure icy, black, and epic atmosphere of this album cannot be matched. True black metal fans know that Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse" is the definitive black metal album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "meganerd00" on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A note on my rating system, I rate more harshly than most:
-5 stars: one of my very few favorite albums, (top 10 or so) or the pinnacle of a genre that I enjoy.
-4 stars: A very very good album. This is where a lot of really solid you-just-know-it's-good music, as well as experimental, interesting stuff fits in.
-3 stars: An album worth buying.
-2 stars: I don't like it, but I can see how someone else might, a little bit...
-1 star: don't buy it. If you see it, burn it and say a little prayer to satan or god or whatever floats your boat.
Mostly I'd like to touch on the subject of the production quality of this album. It has been said repeatedly on this website and elsewhere "uck, I love the music on here but the production just ruins it." I would beg to differ with this and offer the possibility that this album sounds exactly like the band wanted it to sound and that all those who don't like the sound are just being closed minded. When I hear this record, I don't hear guitar, drums, bass, and vocals vying for attention in the mix, a practice that pretty much every other modern band uses. I hear a seamless wall of musical noise that enters your brain and grows and develops there. There is very much beautiful melody played on this album, but there is infinately more that is implied. The drums are conspicuously low in the mix so as not to interrupt this flowing, inspired melody. The guitars are distorted all to hell (or at least one of them is) to make you work a little bit for the rewards of this (and make you invest in some decent stereo equipment). The bass is very low in the mix for the same reason as the drums, but pops up every once in a while at key moments (middle part of "Black Wizards").
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