The most epic bands often struggle to clarify their voice, which includes composition, technique, and performance. For Emperor, the first foray consisted of crepitant necrotic recordings which emphasized solidarity with the early works of Hellhammer, Sodom, and Sarcofago. Later they refined their approach.
Leading up to what would become In The Nightside Eclipse, the re-recorded EP — featuring songs from Wrath of the Tyrant — As The Shadows Rise showed the introduction of digital keyboard “symphonic” instrumentation and greater contrast in the technique applied to their morbid but oddly sentimental and pastoral work.
- The Ancient Queen
- Lord Of The Storms
- Witches Sabbath
Now re-released by Hammerheart Records, As The Shadows Rise comes as a picture LP and can be found at the pre-order page.