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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: CANDLELIGHT RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00066FMZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Most of the other reviews here are written by longtime black metal fans who are simply validating and reinforcing their own (and each other's) tastes. This review is written from a newcomer's perspective. My total exposure to black metal has been one month. This album, "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk," was my introduction to the genre. Although it took me a few listens to warm up to the style of the music itself, there are a number of metamusical attributes to the album, and the band, that made me willing to stick it out:
Most albums, in most musical genres, are collections of unrelated songs. There is rarely any relationship between individual pieces other than the obvious requisites (i.e. same artist, same genre). "Anthems," on the other hand, is structured as a complete musical work, with tracks corresponding to movements in a classical symphony. I say this not just because the tracks "sound the same" or are "about the same stuff," but because certain themes and motifs show up in multiple tracks under different guises. For example, "Ensorcelled by Khaos" and "With Strength I Burn" both have their own unique themes, but they also share a single motif that is developed differently in each piece as it interacts with the other themes. The same relationship also exists between "Alsvartr (The Oath)" and "In Longing Spirit" (the latter of which is not technically part of the album, being a "bonus track," but unless you buy an old pressing of "Anthems" you'll get the edition with the bonus tracks).
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I have to admit, I really hated Emperor until about a year ago. I had been into metal for around 5 years at that point, and I honestly gave black metal a shot (Emperor being one such band), but I still found it unlistenable and dismissed it as mindless noise.
Until one day, it just sounded GOOD. I can't describe how or when exactly it happened, but "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" was suddenly in my CD collection after hearing (and this time appreciating for the first time) "Thus Spake the Nightspirit." Emperor's songwriting ability is showcased to its pinnacle on this opus, with every song rampaging like a whirlwind or going at an average tempo of Mach 26. "The Loss and Curse of Reverence" is probably not only the best example of this, but my favorite song on the CD as well. They even shot a really killer video for it (and MTV played it once at 3 AM after Korn and Limp Bizkit. Just kidding. But the 3 AM part might be accurate if MTV had any balls.)
Other standout tracks are "With Strength I Burn," "Ye Entrancemprium," (also featured on Century Media's "Identity IV" compliation, which I also highly recommend), and "Opus A Satana," a very pleasant classical/keyboard instrumental - a true black metal gem.
If I'd have to pick a favorite black metal album, this would probably be it, right next to Sanctus's "Aeon Sky." If you're reading this review, you like metal, right? Well, stop reading my endless praise for Emperor and this masterpiece of metal and order it now! Even if you're not into black metal, just as I was, you'll eventually see the light. This band and album are simply superior works in the genre.
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I'd like to say first that this is the first black metal band I've ever listened to. And to be serious before I listened to it I thought all black metal sucked and all they talked about was satan and burning churchs and how cool it was to kill people... and satan. Obviously my opinion has changed. After listening to the song The loss and curse of reverence I realized that these guys sounded good... h*ll even better than good they sounded awesome! So after listening to that song and a few others (thanks to my girlfriend (I love her!)) I thought why not get a cd for myself? I went and got this cd (actually it was the cd with the 3 extra bonus songs) and I listened to it and thought to myself that I really liked this cd... I mean REALLY liked it. Most cds I get I have to warm up to before I start being obsessive with it and listen to it exclusively for the next 2 months.... not this one... And I've had it for 3 months so far... But thanks to Emperor I've opened up to the black metal genre...but on with this review. The first song is a great one,it starts out slow and pretty, and then gets creppy and faster paced, then it gets really cool sounding with all the instruments and what not. Then it leads into the next song PERFECTLY. Most of the cd is like that to... it leads into the next song perfectly and leaves no 2 minute break in the songs... as for production value... I cant really say its terrible... or even bad for that matter... Its not the best but what can you do? As for the lyrics... I'm not a big "memerize the lyrics and syllables and notes of all the songs" kinda guy... all I can say is that it sounds cool... and thats mostly what matters.... I mean you probably wouldn't want to listen to a terrible sounding band that had awesome lyrics... As for this cd though It is definantly one of my top 10 cds...
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