Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise

Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
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Emperor's final album shows them continuing with that weird mixture of technical progressive metal and symphonic black metal that they introduced in IX Equilibrium, but at this point they've strayed so far from the band that they were that they're pretty much completely unrecognizable. Not that it's all bad, but it certainly isn't all good either.

I will say that this is a better album than Equilibrium, and there really is no contest. But just because it is easily the better of Emperor's prog ... read more


As Emperor's final album, you can hear a massive departure from the original sound of the early records. Almost all black metal atmosphere and elements are gone. The music is now heading in a progressive direction yet still grounded in extreme metal. It's fairly easy to just see this as Ihsahn's first solo record in a lot of ways. With that said, there is some incredible songwriting here with excellent varied tracks that show off sophisticated extreme songwriting covered in well-placed synth ... read more


3 guitar tracks and orchestral keyboard parts weren't enough to save this album from being stale and sound uninspired at some parts. The effort is there but it isn't for me. Atleast this album is doing some stuff right. Ihsahn's vocals are great as always and the album completely leaves Emperor's symphonic drenched song writing behind. Production is good enough to make you notice the difference between each 3 tracks.
Such a shame I'm never going to enjoy Emperor and it's godly guitar parts ... read more

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Track List

  1. The Eruption
  2. Depraved
  3. Empty
  4. The Prophet
  5. The Tongue of Fire
  6. In the Wordless Chamber
  7. Grey
  8. He Who Sought the Fire
  9. Thorns on My Grave
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Added on: April 8, 2015