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  • Arguably the best black metal band ever, and one of the greatest metal bands period, Emperor ended their career way too early. Thankfully they reunited for a few festivals and even a handful of concerts here in the US back in 2006 and 2007. This double cd & dvd set was taken from two festivals over in Europe, and is easily one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. Rather than getting just the double cd version, be sure to pick up this box set, as the dvd is absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to see Emperor when they toured the US in 1999, and can attest they put on one hell of a live show. The only drawback on the dvd is that the sound mix has Ihsahn’s guitar way too far back in the mix, and you can barely hear it. The rest of the band sound perfect. The 2 cds are taken from 2 different shows. One is just the audio cd of the same show on the dvd. The other is taken from their set at the Inferno Festival. Thankfully, the sound problem with Ihsahn’s guitar does not appear on this first cd, and you can hear all of his solos and guitar play with Samoth in all its glory. You also get 3 more songs – a massive early era “Wrath of the Tyrant”, a blistering version of “Ye Entrancemperium”, and the instrumental “Opus A Satana” as an outro. The cd’s and dvd focus heavily on the “In the Nightside Eclipse” album, having every song from there with the exception of “Beyond the Great Vast Forest”. This alone makes the set worth getting, but adding in the fantastic version of “Wrath of the Tyrant”, and then throwing in “In The Wordless Chamber”, from their last album “Prometheus”, which they never toured on, makes this a must have album. The packaging is great, looking like a small hardback book, containing all the cd’s/dvd inside each cover, and then having 20 pages like a book, containing lots of live pictures from these festivals. If you are even a minor fan of black metal at all, do yourself a favor and pick this box set up immediately, to see just how powerful a band Emperor was and still is. And be sure to support lead singer Ihsahn’s solo career too, with his two solo albums, which are a definite continuation of the musical style found on Emperor’s last studio album, “Prometheus.”

    Posted on January 8, 2010