2018 color vinyl reissue. "In The Nightside Eclipse" was Emperor's first full-length release (following their debut split with Enslaved), and despite the fact that it was recorded over a decade ago, it is still praised as a Black Metal masterpiece, a fact that is not difficult to comprehend. While this album does fulfill the requirements of an early to mid-nineties Black Metal release, the reason why this album stands a cut above the rest is the way in which Emperor so effortlessly takes these elements and surrounds them in an inescapable atmosphere. By utilizing symphonic keyboards to their advantage, Emperor succeeded in introducing this element into a genre that would otherwise denounce such a tool. By doing so, Emperor cemented their names as the first Symphonic Black Metal band, a label that still stands to this day. .