They can not be laid to rest forever. They shall haunt again, "Phantom der nacht", the creatures of the night. Blood is life. Their art of death is infernal, like their life eternal. See the castle so proud, but yet so grey and cold. Grey and cold. The frost submerge. The Moon is on the rise. Hear the nocturnal howling of the wolves They shall rise again, resurrected through our gathering of the ancient and evil. In the name of the almighty Emperor they shall rise and forever wander the land beyond the great vast forest.
May the age of darkness arise. We will travel for eternities into the unknown to reach what we seek. Fight the ways through the barriers of light, through the wastelands where nothing but grief have become the eternal memory. Shield of life, sword of death held up high into the sky. Guided by the shining Moon in the starry sky above. In the horizon beyond black clouds of destruction rages like dancing shadows of pain. We will grant Him their pain. He will grant us His flame. In flesh and blood.
He will arise to deliver the key. As the armours black robe slides across the landscape, we see the land of wisdom, strength and pure evil Darkness, frost, hate May the wolves start to howl again. May we touch the black flames of the past again The night comes whirling like a maelstrom. Warring waves of crackling clouds embrace this nightside landscape.
The heavens bleed, through open wounds, the dim light of the Moon. The winds are crying mournfully and tears fly with the gusts. They whip my clenched faces freezing skin with ice-cold burning cuts. Too long I have suffered the desert sands of time. But as I drown in darkness it will release the sign.
My soul will leave this mortal coil Ihsahn flesh and earthly life, to fly into the mist of night, into the nightside eclipse, and experience existence on the other side. As a stone of scorching enthusiasm I refract the reflecting surface of this unfathomable sea.
Growing circles of grief and pain slides across the land as an omen of the horror yet to come. The strength of a thousand fire-breathing demons breed in my infernal, sinking soul. And as I reach the surface once again these powers are under my control. Now I am one with the night sky majesty. For the black hills consists of black souls, souls that already dies one thousand deaths.
Behind the stone walls of centuries they breed their black art. Boiling their spells in cauldrons of black gold. Far up in the mountains, where the rain fall not far, yet the Sun cannot reach.
The wizards, my servants, summon the souls of macrocosm. No age will escape my wrath. I travel through time and I return to the future. I gather wisdom now lost. I visit again the eternally ancient caves, before a mighty Emperor thereupon came. Watching the mortals "discovering" my chronicles, guarded by the old demons, even unknown to me. Once destroyed their souls are being summoned to my timeless prison of hate.
It is delightful to feast upon the screaming souls that were destroyed in Mortiis) future. How many wizards that serve me with evil, I know not, Ihsahn. My empires has no limits. From the never ending mountains black, to the bottomless lakes. I am the ruler and has been for eternities long. I am them. My wizards are many, but their essence is mine. Forever they are in the hills in their stone homes of grief.
Because I am the spirit of their existence. Master of beasts. Bringer of awe and derision. Thou whose spirit lieth upon every act of oppression, hatred and strife. Thou whose presence dwelleth in every shadow. Thou who strengthen the power of every quietus. Thou who sway every plague and storm. Thou art the Emperor of Darkness. Thou art the king of howling wolves. Thou hath the power to force any light in wane. Sans mercy. Sans compassion nor will to answer whosoever asketh the why.
Thy path is capricious but yet so wide. With no such thing as an impediment to strong. Every time thou consecrate me to another secret of Thine, I take another step towards Thy Pantheon. O' mighty Lord of the Night. Forever wilt I bleed for Thee. Forever wilt I praise Thy dreaded name. Forever wilt I serve Thee. Thou shalt shalt forever prevail. Inno a Satana. Only the sound of the cold northern breeze. Twinsun sink fading behind the black lake.
Asleep is the mountains, yet I Am The Black Wizards (Samoth night is awake. Strange is the night. Now black stars rise. That section itself was also used as the album cover for the Mortiis) EP. In the Nightside Eclipse has often been referred to as a pioneering influence in symphonic black metal. Although all the key elements of black metal are present, such as fast tremolo-picked guitar passages, harsh screams, and raw, lo-fi production, the use of symphonic keyboard sections is a key part of the album's distinctive sound.
According to Steve Huey of AllMusic, "Even if the keyboards mostly just outline basic chord changes, they add a melancholy air to all the furious extreme sounds, turning the one-note ugliness of black metal into something emotionally complex. Most of the music was written and rehearsed before the band entered the studio, however much of the symphonic keyboard sections were composed in the studio at the time of recording as the band did not then have a permanent keyboard player.
Some of the lyrics on the final version of the album were partially written by Mortiis before he left the band. Samoth has suggested that the frequent use of the word "emperor" in the lyrics became a kind of metaphor, "for our own entity, for the dark lord, for the devil, for the strong and mighty.
They also expressed a fascination with the Viking ageTolkien 's literature, the story of Draculaas well as "everything related to Transylvaniathe Carpathian Mountainsthe dark corners of Eastern Europe, and folklore. Faust partially credits Pytten with the sound of In the Nightside Eclipse.
Although the album was recorded in Julyit was not mixed until the following year due to Faust and Samoth's arrests and sentences in jail. In the end, only Ihsahn and Samoth were present for the mixing of the album, though he passed along his input to them in a letter. Ihsahn was ill at the time of recording, and Tchort recalls him spitting blood while recording vocals for the album. Some of the early vocal takes were replaced with ones recorded after he had recovered, as were some of the keyboard parts.
In his review, Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five, writing, " In the Nightside Eclipse resoundingly demonstrated that there was real musical substance and ambition in the world of black metal.
It allows the keys to be overbearing without stealing the show — an attribute that the lack of which has since proven to be the downfall of countless symphonic black metal acts.
This is still, at its core, a harsh, obscenely heavy record, and one only needs to place themselves in the maelstrom of tracks like "I Am the Black Wizards" to realize there is more than just symphonies at work here.
The album is widely considered one of the most important releases in black metal, particularly for the second wave of black metal, and has been frequently described as a classic by music critics. In Decibel Magazine adopted the album into their hall of fame, writing that "upon its release inIn the Nightside Eclipse established Emperor as the reigning masters of a more complex, atmospheric style of "symphonic black metal". They also called it "one of the most historically fascinating and sonically influential albums in the annals of extreme metal.
Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth owe a huge debt to this album. Inthe album was remastered and reissued, with two cover songs as bonus tracks: " A Fine Day to Die " by Bathoryand " Gypsy " by Mercyful Fate. For the reissue, the opening tracks "Intro" and "Into the Infinity of Thoughts" were combined, whilst the album was packaged in a paper slipcase covering the traditional jewel casewith both featuring the same artwork.
A second reissue followed inwhich included videos of live performances from Inin celebration of the album's 20th anniversary, the band reissued a remastered deluxe version of the album. It also featured the bonus tracks from the 'As the Shadows Rise' EP, as well as a previously unreleased alternative mix of the album and pre-production rehearsal tracks from
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