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Albums Turning Twenty IX: Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, by Emperor

- Saturday, July 8, 2017

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer

8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, the astoundingly majestic second full length by Emperor…



Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

    Anthems is a masterwork. This is one of the staple albums of the Norwegian black metal movement. Few records in our modern time have captured such majesty and ethereal wonder. From the opening of Alsvatr to the closing of The Wanderer, Anthems is irrefutably potent and invoked straight from the old Norwegian forests. Ye Entrancemperium is a winding journey between breakneck speeds and slower arching movements. Thus Spake The Nightspirit begins in a controlled and focused chaos, soars through its verses, and rounds into a slow, sweeping sway that leaves me in goosebumps every time. And these descriptions reign true for the rest of the album, right into the immense longing I feel when I listen to The Wanderer. Ihsahn and Samoth, with the addition of Trym on the drums, crafted music here which many have attempted to imitate, and few could come close to. This album truly enforced the potency and supremacy of Emperor and Ihsahn.

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