Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In The Nightside Eclipse

What can I possibly say about this one that hasn't already been stated before? It is one of the single most important releases in the expansive world of Black Metal. It certainly had a profound impact on me. If by some glitch in the universe or some vast cosmic injustice you haven't experienced this monument, then I urge you to drop what you are doing, and spend the next fifty minutes flying through the snow flurries and untamed wilderness of Norway with some beautifully strange Scandinavian teenagers in the midst of the most creative point in their lives, their own celebrated summer of diabolical holocaust. Absolutely mandatory.

12 comments:

bob said...

Ah this one holds special signifigance for me.
As a 14 year old who wanted to rock, id stare at the cool album covers in the back of terrorizer but none of those were available in the local record store of my bullshit town.
I made my first mail order and arrived home from school a few weeks later to find a package containing this, through silver in blood and uh, Vempire by cradle of filth(!).

Ive never been the same since, next day i burned down the local church.
....and i still like the first 3 cof albums, fuck what you think!

Dr. Pete said...

This is a rarity in that it's a release that I do own. I lucked out into buying this CD when some guy practically sold his entire metal CD collection to a record store and said store had a special "Buy 3 used, get 1 free" deal. I lost a lot of money that Summer, but got a lot of good albums out of it, too.

east kansas banger said...

good one fred. Essential. Probably my favorite Black Metal album. I don't want to live in a world without "In the Nightside Eclipse"

Deschain said...

Totally agree. There are many great albums in this world, but very few "game changers". This is one of those.

Benjamin Adler said...

I have like 5 copies of Nightside and Welkin somewhere in my parents's house, but none on hand in my own place.
Thanks, Aesop

horrendousacts said...

i think this might be my favorite metal album of all time. yup, sorry Master of Reality.

beedub said...

First heard this when a cd shop was giving away cardboard sleeve promos of Century Black releases in 1994 or 1995. Familiar enough at the time with Bathory and Celtic Frost, I was completely bewildered by how "inorganic" this album sounded. It was like a blizzard. Its a familiar entity now, but still awe inspiring.

-ben west

ido said...

My introduction to Emperor was their later work, and I wasn't impressed. Not really into symphonic anything.

But The Hearses earlier posting of their debut demo and ep changed that. And then there is this record.

Am really loving it. Just gorgeous.

CDE said...

This was the first black metal album I ever purchased. It took a little getting used to the vocal style and some of the lyrics ("into the frozen nature chilly" lol), but this was the first metal album in ages to really get me excited about the genre again.

I just wish that the production wasn't so thin. Even the remastered version didn't give it enough oomph for my tastes.

JJ said...

Ben Fucking West!

Carm said...

Saw Emperor almost 5 years ago at the Metro in Chicago. If I can recall correctly, their setlist pulled every song from In The Nightside Eclipse. Although it was only Samoth and Ihsahn that was left over from that album's lineup, the songs still sounded very majestic.

Doug said...

this album was mandatory to listen to on my portable cd player and one speaker when i spent a winter in the basement of our old house...i was freezing down there and this album made me embrace the cold. i have a lot of love for "Anthems" since that's the first "real" black metal album i ever heard....