Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Much has already been said about Emperor’s Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, so I’ll just give you the facts: It is the fourth and, above all, final Emperor album; it was wholly written by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Ihsahn while guitarist Samoth and drummer Trym were away touring with their other project, Zyklon; and, yes, it is as awesome as everyone’s saying it is. In a strong sense, Prometheus is the perfect marriage of Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk‘s fugue-like orchestration with IX Equilibrium‘s more deathly assault, but other than that, you’re better off reading other, more detailed reviews of the album (see October’s issue of Terrorizer or the reviews archive at Digitalmetal.com, where they’re offering the only free download of the “Empty” video) — again, a lot has been said about the album, and I’d merely be repeating it. If you’ve never heard Emperor — arguably, the most influential extreme metal band of the ’90s — you’re well advised to pick Prometheus up. In the meantime, I’m sitting back and getting lost in the Last Emperor.