Artist: Emperor
Album: In the Nightside Eclipse
Release: 1994, 1998 re-release

In the Nightside Eclipse is hands-down THE best Emperor album, and perhaps the best black metal album. While their peers Mayhem were experimenting in getting the worst sounding recording ever, Emperor reached a balance for the necessities of black metal. The guitars retain their high gain distortion, but are still very definitive. Lead singer Ihsahn's vocals are very tolerable, at least for black metal. While you may not be able to understand the vocals, the lyrics are actually very poetic. Neither the keyboards or drums overpower the guitars, though the keyboards sometimes get lost in the mix. The double bass drums pound into you creating that thrashy, black metal effect. The whole album is a black metal masterpiece. The only reason why I wouldn't recommend it for someone curious about the genre is because everything else will pale in comparsion. It's a shame that Emperor went down a different route for their next album.

Track List:

  1. Into The Infinity Of Thoughts
  2. The Burning Shadows Of Silence
  3. Cosmic Keys To My Recreations Times
  4. Beyond The Great Vast Forest
  5. Towards The Pantheon
  6. The Majesty Of The Night Sky
  7. I Am the Black Wizards
  8. Inno A Satana
  9. A Fine Day To Die (Bonus)
  10. Gypsy (Bonus)