In the Nightside Eclipse is the first studio album and fourth official release by Norwegian black metal band Emperor, released in through Candlelight Records. It was their only album to feature drummer Faust and one-time bassist Tchort. Considered a landmark in the black metal scene, the album has been ranked by critics as one of the most influential albums of the genre. It also contains .
That said, Emperor are, and always will be, among the "big four" of Norwegian black metal, alongside with bands like Darkthrone, Mayhem and Ulver, holding the place of both creators and innovators of an incredibly resonating musical reality, thanks to masterpieces as their first full-length, named "In the Nightside Eclipse".
In the meantime, though, In the Nightside Eclipse took its place as perhaps the definitive black metal album. It pointed the way toward greater use of atmosphere and melody; it was the first to fuse black metal with progressive and symphonic elements, setting the stage for a bevy of future experimentation in the genre, and it created a template.