In The Nightside Eclipse
Label: Spinefarm Records UK
A truly definitive black-metal album, In the Nightside Eclipse, released in 1994, was Emperor's first full-length, released by fledgling Candlelight Records. Universally regarded as Emperor's finest work and an archetypal document of the Norwegian scene, the album features "I Am the Black Wizards," the song for which Emperor are most famous. It's no wonder, as it sounds like Satan himself makes an appearance at 3:50. Other highlights are Ihsahn's throat-shredding wraith-screech and pick-shredding guitar style. The band even manages to swing, in "Wizards" and "Beyond the Great Vast Forest."