I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk [1997]

Starts off with a beautiful clean-guitar intro riff and some cool effects. Gets fucking evil and doomy. Suddenly goes into some medieval fanfare like thing… interesting. Second track kicks in fucking hard and fast, bitchin' riff! Holy fuck is this track awesome. Cool use of keys. Unique riffs for Black Metal. Wow, track 3 starts with an almost jazzy riff. Track 4 and it's still fucking black as hell. Killer riff at the verse. I can tell that Vesania got a lot of their influence from this song in particular. Track 7 is fucking amazing. Overall, this album has some really well-structured and unique riffs that I haven't heard anywhere else. Excellent use of keys. Superb songwriting; everything combines so well together. Perfectly blends the feel of fucking fast, beautiful, and evil Black Metal into one insane album. My only real complaint is that the keys could be a little bit more forward in some of the more hectic parts. Definitely Emperor's best album.

Rating: 9


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