Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise

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Release date
4 Sep 2007
Running length
9 tracks
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1 The Eruption 6:28 29,975
2 Deraved 6:33 499
3 Empty 4:16 30,188
4 The Prophet 5:39 26,828
5 The Tongue of Fire 7:10 28,010
6 In the Wordless Chamber 5:33 29,885
7 Grey 5:04 23,248
8 He Who Sought Fire 5:29 517
9 Thorns On My Grave 5:55 22,667

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Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise is the fourth and final studio album by Norwegian band Emperor. It was released on 21 October 2001, through Candlelight Records.’ Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise’ differs from Emperor’s previous recordings with a focus on a more style. The album was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award for Best Metal album in 2001. The album received very high critical praise from music critics.

Reviews from metal-based magazine Kerrang! declared it their album of the week on 10 October, comparing it to Metallica’s Master of Puppets in terms of quality, while the magazine Terrorizer picked it as album of the month. John Serba of the online music database AllMusic praised the album, stating “Those willing to invest a significant amount of time into Prometheus will be thoroughly rewarded on intellectual and emotional levels […] while more practical listeners unwilling to slap on headphones and willfully ingest the lyrics will find the record impenetrable”, calling the album a “birth-to-death concept album of such weight and density that it takes roughly two dozen listens to even begin to appreciate the depth of its composition and its painstaking attention to detail.”

In 2003, in a review of Emperor’s compilation album Scattered Ashes: A Decade Of Emperial Wrath, Dominique Leon of Pitchfork referred to Prometheus as “fairly amazing”, and “arguably [Emperor’s] most technically and compositionally complex album”.

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  • captaincrunchey

    Absolutely awesome album. Ihsahn's shining peak of songwriting.

    31 Mar 6:21am Reply
  • OceanGypsy666

    Can't even believe the awesomeness of this epicness! \m/

    15 Feb 3:39pm Reply
  • Romulus666

    "best emperor album ever" "Easily the best Emperor album" lol no

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ScepSpec

    This would be one of those "deserted island" albums for me as well...

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • pzycho-bitch

    best emperor album ever

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • AzraelDanic

    Yeah, this is pretty much the first solo record by Ihsahn, I mean the style is similar to what he would do on The Adversary, and Ihsahn wrote all of the music and all of the lyrics... The only difference between this and the other solo albums by Ihsahn is the name on the cover, really.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • darkdaniel666

    Great album!

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lex_Berg

    Easily the best Emperor album

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • vIsIbleNoIsE

    after several years of acquaintance with these songs, i now dub it my "stranded on an island" album

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ProudAssassin

    Lich_Lord Your mom blows too

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
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  • Lich_Lord

    This album blows.

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • AS_Luemmel

    The Eruption, Wordless Chamber and Thorns on my Grave are some of my favorite Emperor Songs, but the Rest just doesn't do it as much for me as these... weakest Emperor Album for me, which is still far from being a bad thing. And the reason i don't like it is NOT that it's too complex, in fact i love Ihsahn's later Solo work which is very similar to this, but it doesn't do it for me like the other Albums.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Diztrex

    I hate to see this is so underrated by the "kvlt" tards out there ! It's their best and most complex album ! Almost single handed composed by Ihsahn !

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Loganka

    orangewithvodka +1

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Thonestor

    I love Emperor, I love Ihsahn, I hope to learn to screaming technique from him :)

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • CaptainJingles

    Fuck. Why is every Emperor album so damn incredible?

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • theDecapitator

    Very enjoyable album! I like it...a lot!

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • soulfly1212

    King Crimson of black metal!

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cisnenegro

    I just have received my deluxe edition. yum yum!

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
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