Remastered re-release of the third full-length album by the legendary Norwegian Symphonic Black Metal band.
2 years after an “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk” defying all rivals, Emperor was here with the successor "IX Equilibrium". An album that causes a big polemic on its launching, but who made everyone agree with one thing: Emperor is a band that belongs to another planet! It’s a band that has the secrets of a symphony in perpetual change but that can always seduce us.
The band had stated that they were to "return to their roots", and the music presented showcases some of the band's darkest and most vicious material, as well as their cleanest production at the time. Still, it is quite different from earlier releases, featuring a mix of clean and Black Metal vocals, soothing symphonic interludes and unrelentingly crushing guitar work. Many changes happened in comparison with the precedent album, it’s certainly and always a Black Metal album but mixed with a Death sauce! In this album, Emperor brought again those majestic riffs and those harpsichords atmospheres that make the strength, the originality and the personality of Emperor. The production is excellent, the best production of any Emporer release with thunderous drums, intricate guitars, and vocals straight from the pits of Hell!
A perfect mix between the Black Metal and some elements of Death Metal which show the maturity level by the two lead members of the band. The newest, grandest, most majestic, triumphant, epic masterpiece from the undisputed kings of Black Metal! Emperor left the Heavy Metal community with classic albums to forever remember them by. This is the band that made Black Metal what it is today!!
Re-edition contains two bonus-tracks from the 1999 version, though they aren't mentioned anywhere on album, as well as enhanced footage: video from the No Mercy Festival tour, video from the bands travels to the USA for their only headlining tour in America in 1999 and video from the final Emperor performance at the Mystic Festival in Poland.
Candlelight/Abstract Sounds/Tanglade Music, 1999/2004 (CANDLE103CD). Pressed in Netherlands.
1. Curse You All Men! 4:41
2. Decrystallizing Reason 6:23
3. An Elegy Of Icarus 6:39
4. The Source Of Icon E 3:43
5. Sworn 4:30
6. Nonus Aequilibrium 5:49
7. The Warriors Of Modern Death 5:00
8. Of Blindness & Subsequent Seers 6:48
Total playing time: 43:33