Emperor - IX Equilibrium

8.4 | 489 votes |
Release date: 23 November 1999
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. Curse You All Men!
02. Decrystallizing Reason
03. An Elegy Of Icaros
04. The Source Of Icon E
05. Sworn
06. Nonus Aequilibrium
07. The Warriors Of Modern Death
08. Of Blindness & Subsequent Seers
09. Outro

Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen - guitars
Kai Johnny Mosaker - drums, percussion
Vegard Sverre Tveitan - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards

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After the 1997's metal monster "Anthems to the Welkin at dusk", the norwegian bloodhounds Emperor recorded what i call, the perfect follow up. Although "Anthems..." is a practically impossible album to be equaled, "IX Equilibrium" transforms the ideas of the last work in an excellent way, and takes them to a different level; The structure is quite more technical, and more brutal, but the intensity remains. The band's natural virtuosity acts by itself, and here we confirmate the thing that makes Emperor the best: Unity.

published 21.11.2003 | Comments (10)

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02.01.2010 - 13:26
25.10.2012 - 02:59
Rating: 8
Secundum Filium
This album is intense! Awesome stuff.
Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
16.09.2014 - 17:28
Rating: 8
Not quite as immediately intense and engaging as the band's first two albums were, but the musicianship here remains utterly solid and mezmerizing the more you listen. Personal highlights for me would be "Curse You all Men!" and especially the outro to "Of Blindness and subsequent Seers".
03.11.2014 - 22:35
Rating: 7
Erik M.
Unlike the first two Emperor albums, this one doesn't really click with me. The ocassional high-pitched "heavy metal vocals" really are out-of-place too. Sounds damn silly.

Yeah, I guess I'll just stick with the brilliant In The Nightside Eclipse.
28.01.2015 - 07:17
Joe Zombie
Awesome album. I love the guitar work on this one. Solid production; raw but listenable. Favorite track: An Elegy of Icaros.
15.06.2016 - 19:37
Bad English
Musicaly its good, a bit avantgardish but band song titles somehow don't talk to me, needs be more epic
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing

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