Release date 22 February 1999
Label Candlelight Records
Producer Thorbjørn Akkerhaugen
|Released April 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)|
Recorded October 1998–January 1999
IX Equilibrium (1999) Prometheus The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2000)
Genres Black metal, Symphonic black metal, Progressive metal
Similar Emperor albums, Black metal albums
Emperor ix equilibrium full album
IX Equilibrium is the third studio album by the black metal band Emperor.
Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic describes the album as a "sonic onslaught of nearly impenetrable proportions". He noted that drummer Trym "doesn't so much keep time as pummel his kit incessantly", while guitarists Ihsahn and Samoth "contribute an equally oppressive wall of sound laced with keyboard textures so demonic they were seemingly concocted by the great horned one himself."
He concluded, "Far from a masterpiece, but hardly a stinker either, IX Equilibrium falls quite short of the group's earlier albums through sheer lack of diversity, and will prove indigestible to all but the most committed black metal fans."
1Curse You All Men4:41
3An Elegy of Icaros6:40