Emperor IX Equilibrium on 2LP
Eventually there comes a time when the hype about a band becomes superfluous, and their status alone speaks volumes. Such is the case with Emperor, the black metal gods hailing from Telemark, Norway. Emperor has become known as one of the originators of symphonic black metal that Norway is internationally renowned for and arguably its most unique export. Their rise to popularity outlines the very development of black metal’s second wave; a period of the genre’s most prolific and controversial material to date.
Third album, IX Equilibrium (1999) serves as the band's single most breathtaking vision to date. Surpassing even the mighty Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk (1997) for its sheer scope of diversity, the album utilized elements from their traditional metal roots, operatic vocals and of course their trademark symphonic soundscapes. 2LP edition includes the album's original nine oppressive tracks plus a live version of "I Curse You All Men" recorded at The Astoria, London in July 1999 and a remix of "Sworn" by Ulver at Endless Studios.
Emperor IX Equilibrium Track Listing:
1. Curse You All Men!
2. Decrystallizing Reason
3. An Elegy Of Icaros
4. The Source Of Icon E
1. Nonus Aequilibrium
2. The Warriors Of Modern Death
3. Of Blindness & Subsequent Seers
5. I Curse You All Men (live at The Astoria, London July 1999)
6. Sworn (remixed by Ulver at Endless Studios)