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Style of Emperor Style: Black Metal Progressive Death Me Black / Death Metal Black metal Death atmospheric black Melodic Black Metal Death / Doom Metal black-grind raw black atmospheric black Power / Progressive trash metal war black avantgarde death; sympho black black progressive rock Black Metal Black Metal / Pagan Metal Melodic Death Metal Black / Death Melodic Doom Death Metal Progressive Metal Black Metal / Death Metal Black Metal Melodic Metal Power Metal Black Metal Heavy Metal Sympho Black Metal Black Metal Black Metal Viking BlackThrash Metal Black / Death Metal Celtic Pagan Black Metal Black Metal Brutal Death / Black Metal Black Metal Black Metal Black / Thrash Metal Black / Doom / Death Metal Hardcore Heavy Metal Black Metal Black / Doom / Gothic metal Black Metal Black metal Speed / Power / Heavy Metal Black / Thrash Metal Black / Death Metal Black / Death Metal Grindcore / Death Black / Death Metal Thrash Metal Black Metal Death Metal Progressive Black Metal Power Metal Doom / Gothic / Progressive Brutal Death Metal Death Metal Death / Grind Black Metal Death Metal Melodic Death Metal Heavy / Power Metalcore Ambient Black Pagan Metal Progressive Metal Brutal Death / Gore Metal Black Metal Melodic Black Metal doom Doom / Stoner Metal Black / Death Metal Blues / Heavy Metal Black Metal Gothic Metal folk metal Black Technical death / grind Sympho Black Progressive Death Melodic death Black Black Thrash Black Metal Black Melodic Death Melodic Death Gothic Metal Black Metal Black Metal Grindcore Melodic Death Metal Hard Rock Death Black Death Black Melodic Death / Folk Metal Sympho Black Metal Heavy, Power Gore Death Metal Black Metal Avantgarde Doom Black / Thrash Metal Progressive Metal Power Viking Metal Melodic Black / Death Metal Black
Year of birth of Emperor Year of birth: 1991
Country of Emperor Country: Norway

Biography of Band

Beginning life as a trio in the spring of '91 with Samoth (drums/vocals), Ihsahn (guitar) and Mortiis (bass). The band quickly recorded and circulated the now legendary "Wrath of the Tyrant" demo. It was this that brought them to the attention of the then still fledgling Candlelight record label . A deal was inked, Samoth moved to guitar and Bard Faust was recruited for the now vacant drum stool. By the end of the year the band had been once more into the studio to record their half of the "Emperor / Enslaved" split CD which was to eventually surface early in the following year. Mortiis departed for the band, and was after a while replaced by Tchort.

The press response was justifiably excellent and by the summer of '93 Emperor were record once more, but this time working on their debut full length "In the Nightside Eclipse". By the time of the albums release in 1994 they had become without doubt the most important band in the genre, gathering world wide critical acclaim and a rabid fan base to match.

In autumn of '93 a series of headline grabbing events (which are now quite sufficiently documented. For further reading check "Lords Of Chaos". Emperor would suffer the temporary loss of Samoth and the permanent loss of Faust, due to prison-sentences. However, before Samoth has to do time, the band managed to put together a new line-up, with new bass-player Alver, and a session-drummer.

Even though the band was seriously disturbed by the unpleasant confrontations of the imprisonment's and line-up difficulties, the entity of Emperor came out even stronger in the end. By the time Samoth was paroled, Trym (ex. Enslaved) had joined the band on a permanent basis, and the bones of what would become their most epic and majestic material to date were taking shape.

By the end of '96, now fully prepared and rehearsed, they were back in the studio. First firing off the "Reverence" EP to announce their return to the fold and then following up in early '97 with what is without doubt the single most ambitious and important black metal release to date......"Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk" . An album of epic savagery. Not only beautiful but bestial in it's wide ranging scope. The press agreed, not only did "Anthems.." feature in just about every "album of the year poll" in all 4 corners of the globe but they actually won the album of the year in both England's Terrorizer AND the U.S Metal Maniacs.

Since the release of the genre defining "Anthems.... " things have moved on again in the Emperor camp. Fresh from triumphant appearances at Dynamo and Milwaukee Metalfest the band announced that bass player Alver would be leaving once all live commitments had been fulfilled. As a result of this, all bass dutes on their latest masterpiece "IX Equilibrium" have been handled by Ihsahn.

The album itself is their single most breathtaking vision to date. Surpassing even the mighty "Anthems..." for it's sheer scope of diversity. Emperor have now moved so far ahead of the field that it would be unfair to even consider them a black metal band any longer. Utilising elements of their more traditional metal roots, operatic vocals and of course their trademark symphonic riffing the band have created an album so mature that it may well take the rest of the competition years to catch up... That's of course if they ever do!

Members of Emperor

Current Members:

Passed Members:
Samoth (Founder). Period: 1991 - 2001. Role: Guitar
Ihsahn (Founder). Period: 1991 - 2001. Role: Guitar, Vocal
Trym Torson. Period: 1995 - 2001. Role: Drums
Alver. Period: 1995 - 1998. Role: Bass
Faust. Period: 1992 - 1993. Role: Drums
Tchort. Period: 1992 - 1994. Role: Bass
Mortiis. Period: 1991 - 1992. Role: Bass


Demo: Wrath Of The Tyrant (1992) Studio: Selfreleased. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Drums. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar. Mortiis - Bass
Comment: Recorded And Released In The Spring Of '92
Split: Emperor (1993) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth. Mortiis - Bass. Faust - Drums
Comment: Split CD (W/ Enslaved) Recorded December 1992
EP: As The Shadows Rise (1994) Studio: Nocturnal Art Productions.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth. Mortiis - Bass. Faust - Drums
Comment: Recorded December 1992 (Same Recording Session As "Emperor")
CD: In The Nightside Eclipse (1994) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth. Tchort - Bass. Faust - Drums.
MCD: Reverence (1997) Studio: Candlelight. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth. Alver - Bass. Trym - Drums.
CD: To The Welkin At Dusk (1997) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth. Alver - Bass. Trym - Drums.
Split: Emperor/Thorns (1999) Studio: Moonfog Productions. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitar & Bass. Ihsahn - Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Bass & Programming. Trym - Drums & Perc.
CD: IX Equilibrium (1999) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Rhytm Guitars. Ihsahn - Vocals, Lead Guitars, Bass, Synth. Trym - Drums & Perc.
CD: Emperial Live Ceremony (2000) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded At The LA2 London, UK 14th Of April 1999
CD: Prometheus - The Dicipline Of Fire And Demise (2001) Studio: Candlelight Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Samoth - Guitars. Ihsahn - Vocals, Lead Guitars, Bass, Synth. Trym - Drums & Perc.

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