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Emperor

CountryNorway
Formed1991, Notodden, Telemark
Disbanded2014
GenresBlack Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
LabelsCandlelight Records
Years active1991-2001, 2005-2007, 2013-2014, 2016-present
Websitehttp://www.emperorhorde.com

Line-up (members)

  • Ihsahn : Vocals, Lead Guitars (1991-2001, 2005-2007, 2013-2014, 2016-present), Keyboards (1991-2001), Bass (1999-2001)
  • Samoth : Drums (1991-1992), Rhythm Guitars (1992-2001, 2005-2007, 2013-2014, 2016-present)
  • Trym Torson : Drums (1996-2001, 2005-2007, 2016-present)

Former members

  • Mortiis : Bass (1991-1992)
  • Faust : Drums (1992-1994, 2013-2014)
  • Tchort : Bass (1993-1994)
  • Alver : Bass (1995-1998)
Releases : 8     Total votes : 3     Reviews : 3
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Emperor Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
(1993) collection wish list Split - 0 0
Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) collection wish list Studio 90 1 1
Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) collection wish list Studio 90 1 1
Emperor - IX Equilibrium (1999) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2000) collection wish list Split - 0 0
(2000) collection wish list Live - 0 0
Emperor - Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) collection wish list Studio 75 1 1
(2009) collection wish list Live - 0 0

Emperor Top Songs

Track title Album title Rating Votes
1 Inno A Satana In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 100 1
2 Into the Infinity of Thoughts In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 95 1
3 I Am the Black Wizards In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 95 1
4 Thus Spake the Nightspirit Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 95 1
5 With Strength I Burn Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 95 1
6 The Burning Shadows of Silence In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 90 1
7 Beyond the Great Vast Forest In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 90 1
8 Towards the Pantheon In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 90 1
9 The Majesty of the Nightsky In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 90 1
10 Ye Entrancemperium Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 90 1
11 The Loss and Curse of Reverence Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 90 1
12 The Acclamation of Bonds Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 90 1
13 Intro In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 85 1
14 Cosmic Keys to My Creations & Times In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) 85 1
15 Ensorcelled by Khaos Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 85 1
16 The Eruption Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 85 1
17 Curse You All Men! IX Equilibrium (1999) 85 1
18 An Elegy of Icaros IX Equilibrium (1999) 85 1
19 Alsvartr (The Oath) Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 80 1
20 The Wanderer Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) 80 1
21 Empty Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 80 1
22 In the Wordless Chamber Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 80 1
23 The Prophet Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 75 1
24 The Tongue of Fire Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 75 1
25 Depraved Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 70 1
26 He Who Sought the Fire Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 70 1
27 Thorns on My Grave Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 70 1
28 Grey Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001) 65 1
Additional notes
Emperor have sold over 500,000 albums worldwide over the course of their career as of 2003.
They played their first gig on 13 April 1992, alongside Enslaved, Algol and Infinite Decay.

Emperor were one of the bands somewhat involved in the church burnings during the mid 1990s. Samoth was jailed 16 months for taking part in church burnings with Varg Vikernes (Burzum), along with other members of the Norwegian black metal scene. Drummer Faust was jailed for church burning and for the stabbing and murder of a homosexual man in 1992 (he was never suspected for it until 2 years later when he was arrested in 1994).

The group disbanded in 2001 because they felt they had lived up to everything they wanted to with Emperor. They have received "legendary" status, toured worldwide, have a large catalog of releases, and they didn't want to be known as another group that "never knows when to quit making music".

They reunited to play at Scream Magazine's anniversary festival and to headline the 2006 editions of Norway's Inferno Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air. In an interview with UK Magazine Terrorizer, Ihsahn hinted at the possibility of another Emperor album, but stated that Emperor is now a side project.

In 2013, another reunion was announced, with original drummer Faust, to headline Bloodstock Festival in 2014, and the 25th anniversary of the Wacken Open Air festival in the same year. This reunion also marks the 20th anniversary of "In the Nightside Eclipse".

Emperor participated in the Celtic Frost tribute "In Memory Of... Celtic Frost" released by in 1996 covering the Hellhammer song "Massacra" For this recording, the line-up consisted of Ihsahn (vocals and guitar), Samoth (bass) and Dirge Rep (drums).
In 1998, appeared on the compilation "In conspiracy with Satan - a tribute to Bathory", with a cover of "A fine Day to Die".

An Emperor guitar/bass tablature book titled "Scattered Ashes - A Decade of Emperial Wrath" was released by Candlelight Records in 2006. It features 13 Emperor classics transcripted by Ihsahn and comes with a free CD (the first disc of the compilation of same name released in 2003).
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