I dislike The Loss and Curse of Reverence, it is sort of the symbol of Emperor`s decline for me, but I suppose I see what you mean dawn. Still, I cant do it. On Ix my breaking point was that Icaros song, its where I figured the band was unsalvageable (heard it before Anthems). After ItNE they should have gone back to something like Wrath of the Tyrant imo. Simpler songs with long, slowly elaborating (but sawing and nihilistic) melodies.