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Emperor

Emperor

Emperor Biography

Biography

Emperor is an influential Norwegian black metal band that represents a synth laden, progressive yet brutally aggressive and chaotic part of the genre, something quite different from the minimalism of other originators of the Norwegian black metal sound (e.g. Darkthrone). The band was formed around the core members Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) and Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) of the death metal band Thou Shalt Suffer and bass player Mortiis (Håvard Ellefsen) in Notodden, Norway, 1992. They released their critically acclaimed and widely influential debut In the Nightside Eclipse in 1994 after being joined by drummer Faust and having replaced Mortiis with Tchort on bass. Around the same time as the release of the debut, most of the band's members are arrested on various accounts (drummer Faust for murder and arson, guitarist Samoth for arson and bassist Tchort for burglary). Two years later, after Samoth's parole, the band released what many consider to be their landmark achievement, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, having invited Enslaved's Trym Torson (Kai Jonny Mosaker) to man the drums. Emperor went on to release two more albums (IX Equilibrium in 1999 and Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire and Demise in 2001) before splitting up in 2001. A live album titled Emperial Live Ceremony was also released in 2000 as both video (VHS / DVD) and CD. And, in addition, a "best of" double CD titled Scattered Ashes: a Decade of Emperial Wrath was released in 2003. They reunited in late 2005 for selected festival appearances throughout 2006 (most notably Inferno in Norway and Wacken Open Air in Germany) with Secthdamon of Myrkskog and Samoth's new band Zyklon as session bass player and Einar Solberg of Leprous on keyboards. In April of 2009 they released both the Inferno Festival and Wacken Open Air concerts as the Live Inferno album. The last concert took place in Astoria, London on the 28th of October. Ihsahn stated that there might be yet another Emperor full-length release in the future, but from now on the band will be a side-project. Band members: Final recording line-up: * Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard - (1991-2001, 2005-), later of Peccatum and Hardingrock * Samoth (Tomas Haugen) - Guitar (Drums) - (1991-2001, 2005-), later of Zyklon * Trym Torson (Kai Mosaker) - Drums - (1995-2001, 2005-), later of Zyklon Former members: * Alver (Jonas Alver) - Bass - (1995-1998) * Tchort (Terje Schei) - Bass - (1993-1994) * Mortiis (Håvard Ellefsen) - Bass - (1991-1992) * Faust (Bård Eithun) - Drums - (1992-1993) Live and session members: * Secthdamon (Odd Tony) - Bass (2006) * Einar Solberg - Keyboards (2006) * Charmand Grimloch (Joachim Rygg) - Keyboard (1998-2001) * Tyr (Jan Erik Torgersen) - Bass (1998-2001) * Ildjarn (Vidar Vaaer) - Bass (1993) * Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) - Drums (1992) Discography: Full Length: 1994 - In the Nightside Eclipse 1997 - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk 1999 - IX Equilibrium 2001 - Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise Live Albums: 2000 - Emperial Live Ceremony 2009 - Live Inferno Compilation Albums: 1998 - Emperor / Wrath of the Tyrant 2001 - The Emperial Vinyl Presentation 2003 - Scattered Ashes: a Decade of Emperial Wrath Split Albums: 1993 - Emperor / Hordanes Land - Split with Enslaved 1999 - Thorns vs. Emperor - Split with Thorns 2000 - True Kings of Norway - Split with Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Ancient and Arcturus Singles/EPs: 1993 - Emperor 1994 - As the Shadows Rise 1996 - Reverence Demos/Promos: 1992 - Wrath of the Tyrant Bootlegs: 1995 - A midsummer night's dream 1997 - Conquering Europe 1999 - Live in Frostland Videography: 1997 - The Loss and Curse of Reverence [Promo Video] 2000 - Emperial Live Ceremony [VHS/DVD] 2001 - Empty [Promo Video] 2009 - Live At Wacken Open Air 2006 [DVD]

Emperor Metal Albums

In the Nightside Eclipse Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Special CD box set including never-before available digipak format. Contains a previously unavailable double-sided poster featuring rare photos & album lyrics as well as an album-specific [...]

Live Inferno Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Live Inferno features exclusive/professionally tracked recordings from the Norwegian black metal legend’s headlining reunion performances at Norway’s Inferno Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival. [...]

Live Inferno Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Live Inferno features exclusive/professionally tracked recordings from the Norwegian black metal legend’s headlining reunion performances at Norway’s Inferno Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival. This [...]

Emperial Live Ceremony Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Live Concert Recorded in 1999.Emperor managed one full-scale tour in the course of their 10-year history. Emperial Live Ceremony , which documents a 1999 London performance, brings their [...]

IX Equilibrium Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

The third Rotting Christ opus sees them honing their early raw sounds into a more focused and even darker shape. This is the very first U.S. [...]

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