'For fans of Summoning and Urfaust', that's me! Though I can outrightly say that the low production value and horrible keyboard sections don't cut it for me. Sure this album is 18 years old and it was a different standard then, and I can appreciate that, but nowadays this is not for me.
Empyrium made the most depressive black metal without the black metal. All acoustic, dark and haunting tracks. Full of tales of woe, silent forests and snowy nights. Gives me goosebumps.
Because my musical life (believe it or not) started with hip-hop, there is no denying this classic. One of the most influential hip-hop records ever, and rightly so. The doctor shows himself to be a master beatmaker, rapper and producer.
An older record when post-rock was still new and fresh. This is among the best of it's time, but since the explosion of the genre, the roots seem to slowly become less interesting, as we know now the full extend of possibilities. But that wouldn't have happened without records like these, so.
A masterpiece which finally got it's well deserved remaster. Now with the production being clearer and having more depth, the epicness of the dark folk-black tales come to right even better.