IX Equilibrium

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IX Equilibrium
Studio album by Emperor
Released April 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)
Recorded October 1998–January 1999
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 44:01
Label Candlelight
Century Media
Producer Thorbjørn Akkerhaugen
Emperor chronology
Thorns vs. Emperor
(1999)
IX Equilibrium
(1999)
Emperial Live Ceremony
(2000)

IX Equilibrium is the third studio album by the symphonic black metal band Emperor. The band had stated that they were to "return to their roots", and the music presented showcases some of the band's darkest and most vicious material, as well as their cleanest production at the time. Still, it is quite different from earlier releases, featuring a mix of clean and black metal vocals, soothing symphonic interludes and unrelentingly crushing guitar work.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 7/10[2]

Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic describes the album as a "sonic onslaught of nearly impenetrable proportions".[1] He noted that drummer Trym "doesn't so much keep time as pummel his kit incessantly", while guitarists Ihsahn and Samoth "contribute an equally oppressive wall of sound laced with keyboard textures so demonic they were seemingly concocted by the great horned one himself."[1]

He concluded, "Far from a masterpiece, but hardly a stinker either, IX Equilibrium falls quite short of the group's earlier albums through sheer lack of diversity, and will prove indigestible to all but the most committed black metal fans."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Curse You All Men!"   4:41
2. "Decrystallizing Reason"   6:23
3. "An Elegy of Icaros"   6:39
4. "The Source of Icon E"   3:43
5. "Sworn"   4:30
6. "Nonus Aequilibrium"   5:49
7. "The Warriors of Modern Death"   5:00
8. "Of Blindness & Subsequent Seers"   6:48
9. "Outro" (Hidden track) 0:28
10. "Curse You All Men!" (Bonus track, live at The Astoria, London July 1999) 4:34
11. "Sworn" (Bonus track, remixed by Ulver at Endless Studios) 5:39

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "IX Equilibrium - Emperor : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Rocher, David (19 May 1999). "CoC : Emperor - IX Equilibrium : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 27 August 2012.