10 Greatest Black Metal Albums Of The 21st Century
10. Emperor – Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise (2001)
The fourth and final album from one of black metal’s most
lauded names, Prometheus: The Discipline
of Fire and Demise marks a return to form for Emperor after the divisive IX: Equilibrium. While not quite possessing
the focused brutality of In the Nightside
Eclipse nor the blackened bombast of Anthems
to the Welkin at Dusk, the last disc from Ihsahn and his merry band of
cohorts shines with its frenetic unpredictability.
Emperor go balls to the wall with everything that made fans fall in love with
Emperor: quickness, gorgeous symphonics and especially progressiveness, turning
the experimental undertones of prior albums into unabashed overtones. This album
is oft heralded as Emperor’s most technical, and with the thrashing chops
present on cuts like “Empty”, it’s hard to disagree.
is undeniably a must-listen for die-hard black metal fanatics, it sadly clocks
in a little low on this list just because it can’t quite recapture the
scene-cementing grandeur and impressiveness of Emperor’s first two releases. However,
for those who want to fully enjoy Emperor and look beyond the more well-known In the Nightside Eclipse and Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk duo, you
really can’t go far wrong by using this as your next step.