Damn, Emperor is so good. Listen to more Emperor! This isn’t even my favorite Emperor album (I’m a Prometheus junkie), nor is it my favorite black metal album, but I feel comfortable saying this is the best (and my favorite) album on this list.  It’s symphonic black metal before there was symphonic black metal.  It’s some groundbreaking shit. It is delightfully layered and endlessly interesting, thanks in no small part to singer/guitarist/songwriter/visionary Ihsahn‘s compositional and vocal skills.  Listen to Ihsahn create the template that he would smash to pieces 16 years later with After. Hard to believe they were only like 19 years old when they recorded this. Kids don’t make music like they used to…




– JB

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