One of the most well regarded and influential black metal albums, and for very good reason.
That cover art is so good.
It's a 2 CD package, with the first disc containing the remastered album, and the second containing a previously unreleased alternative mix of the album, along with a few rare tracks from EPs and demos they did around the time.
This is also a good excuse to show off my collection of Emperor and Ihsahn's solo albums.
Stacked them up Ryuujin style because my desk isn't big enough for 11 albums side by side.
On the left, we have the Emperor stuff:
In the Nightside Eclipse
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
IX Equilibrium (Special Edition)
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath
In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition)
And on the right, Ihshan stuff:
After (Limited Edition)
Eremita (Limited Edition)
Das Seelenbrechen (Limited Edition)
With that, it should come as no surprise that Ihsahn is one of my favourite artists. He's definitely one of the most interesting artists to follow because he always strives to experiment and stretch the boundaries of extreme metal, from the first Emperor album all the way to Das Seelenbrechen, which in my opinion eclipses even Anthems... as the best thing he's done.
He's working on a new album for this year and I absolutely can't wait to see where he goes next.