"The grandiose, striking and remarkable rush forth mere minutes into Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’s prologue “Alsvartr (the Oath).” Nightmarish berceuses haunt mercilessly from the darkest corners of imagination, while frontman Ihsahn poetically invokes the illustrious nightspirit, as if there’s ordinary business in need of attending on the edge of town. This is before the triumphant Trevor Jones-inspired motif spills into the strident maelstrom of “Ye Entrancemperium.” Clearly, Emperor were signaling to not just the album (and persons responsible) before it, Hall of Famer In the Nightside Eclipse, but to the entire scene—Oslo to Bergen and all the evil little hamlets in between—from which they originated. Emperor had not only persevered but grown stronger, more advanced musically and philosophically in the shadows of time. The feisty teenagers that had challenged and subsequently changed black metal three years earlier had become sophisticated young men on Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, and the result was supernal, ghoulish, regal and rampantly aggressive..."
- Chris Dick, Decibel Magazine
|Alsvartr (The Oath)||4:18|
|Thus Spake The Nightspirit||4:30|
|Ensorcelled By Khaos||6:39|
|The Loss And Curse Of Reverence||6:09|
|The Acclamation Of Bonds||5:54|
|With Strength I Burn||8:17|