This album in particular for me when It comes to Emperor, does something that very very few extreme Metal bands do. It is musical. There is form. Melody even. It makes sense when listening to it. It is extreme Metal that no one can say, (idiots I may ad) ….Just sounds like noise… It doesn’t. It sure as shit sounds like music…..yet is overtly Metal, Technical, Heavy, Prog powered BRUTALITY! Yet, has finesse!
So does it sound like Black Metal. Yeah it does. But not the traditional Black Metal. Production is great and the music is more prog…Prog Black Metal?!?!?! Man some Kvlt Elitist just got angry reading that huh! Trad BM vocals mixed in with clean vocals. Brutal and devastating Trad Blast mixed in with beautiful flowing parts, haunting parts (LOVE THESE BITS), throw into the background some of that Euro type galloping on horses beats and melody’s that DON’T over take the feel, sound, pace and atmosphere of the songs (first time I heard this and liked it, other than Maiden that is) Each song has a signature, cant mix it with other songs.
The song writing and musicianship is strong with these ones. VERY STRONG! EXCEDDINGLY STRONG! And they execute…they deliver!!!
This album is magnificent!!! Mindblowing!!!
Certainly a Metal Masterpiece.
(P.S. - I choose the below videos only because they are cool song titles, Ensorcelled being such a cool word!)