EMPEROR
Black Metal • Norway

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
EMPEROR picture
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
read more...
Thanks to Vehemency for the updates

EMPEROR MP3, Free Download/Stream

EMPEROR Online Videos

See all EMPEROR videos

Buy EMPEROR music

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SEALED GERMANY MUALLAM MUTATIONS 1 12 SEALED GERMANY MUALLAM MUTATIONS 1 12" SINGLE LP MIXES BY EMPEROR MACHINE KAOS USD $9.99 (0 bids)
31m
Yanqui U.X.O. Godspeed You! Black Emperor CD Yanqui U.X.O. Godspeed You! Black Emperor CD USD $12.76 Buy It Now 31m
Thou Shalt Suffer Into The Woods Of Belial Cd 2004 Candle Records Press Emperor Thou Shalt Suffer Into The Woods Of Belial Cd 2004 Candle Records Press Emperor USD $13.00 Buy It Now 49m
Obscurcis Romancia - Theatre of Deception CD Emperor, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir Obscurcis Romancia - Theatre of Deception CD Emperor, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir USD $10.99 (0 bids)
USD $14.49 Buy It Now
1h 54s
Zyklon Disintegrate Cd 1st Press 2006 Candlelight USA Emperor Metal Zyklon Disintegrate Cd 1st Press 2006 Candlelight USA Emperor Metal USD $12.50 Buy It Now 1h 1m
EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES 2 10'' 78rpm LP EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES 2 10'' 78rpm LP USD $30.95 Buy It Now 1h 5m
Dimmu Borgir - Godless Savage Garden [LP, Back On Black, NEW] Emperor Mayhem Dimmu Borgir - Godless Savage Garden [LP, Back On Black, NEW] Emperor Mayhem USD $23.99 Buy It Now 1h 6m
DARK FUNERAL Secrets of the Black Arts 2LP Dissection Darkthrone Mayhem Emperor DARK FUNERAL Secrets of the Black Arts 2LP Dissection Darkthrone Mayhem Emperor USD $12.50 (11 bids)
1h 19m
A Silver Mt. Zion CD Godspeed You Black Emperor Neutral Milk Hotel Mogwai A Silver Mt. Zion CD Godspeed You Black Emperor Neutral Milk Hotel Mogwai USD $5.99 (0 bids)
USD $8.99 Buy It Now
1h 34m
Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse (CD, 2004, Candlelight, SEALED) Mayhem Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse (CD, 2004, Candlelight, SEALED) Mayhem USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Sealed Disneyland Record Book Hans Christian Andersens The Emperor's New Clothes Sealed Disneyland Record Book Hans Christian Andersens The Emperor's New Clothes USD $9.99 (0 bids)
2h 34m
Special Album by Ralph Myerz (CD, May-2003, Emperor ... Special Album by Ralph Myerz (CD, May-2003, Emperor ... USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2h 39m
Greyboy Allstars - Inland Emperor CD-New*Sealed Greyboy Allstars - Inland Emperor CD-New*Sealed USD $8.99 Buy It Now 3h
Still sealed Shoegaze 10 inch PHASER Life and Illusion/ SWAY Emperor Norton 2003 Still sealed Shoegaze 10 inch PHASER Life and Illusion/ SWAY Emperor Norton 2003 USD $15.00 Buy It Now 3h
The Last Emperor-1987   Original Movie Soundtrack CD The Last Emperor-1987 Original Movie Soundtrack CD USD $18.53 Buy It Now 3h
Beethoven Emperor Concerto Novales Perlea Bamberg VOX STPL511930 Beethoven Emperor Concerto Novales Perlea Bamberg VOX STPL511930 USD $20.20 Buy It Now 3h
Emil Gilels Beethoven Emperor Concerto Ludwig  Angel BLUE Canada S35476 Emil Gilels Beethoven Emperor Concerto Ludwig Angel BLUE Canada S35476 USD $19.95 Buy It Now 3h
Emil Gilels Beethoven Emperor Concerto Sanderling Leningrad Monitor MC2033 Emil Gilels Beethoven Emperor Concerto Sanderling Leningrad Monitor MC2033 USD $19.95 Buy It Now 3h
Casadesus Beethoven Emperor Concerto Mitropoulos Columbia BLUE ML-5100 Casadesus Beethoven Emperor Concerto Mitropoulos Columbia BLUE ML-5100 USD $18.85 Buy It Now 3h
GLENN GOULD Beethoven Emperor Concerto Stokowski  Columbia MS6888 GLENN GOULD Beethoven Emperor Concerto Stokowski Columbia MS6888 USD $20.65 Buy It Now 3h
Casadesus Beethoven Emperor Concerto Mitropoulos Columbia 6-EYE ML-5100 Casadesus Beethoven Emperor Concerto Mitropoulos Columbia 6-EYE ML-5100 USD $17.50 Buy It Now 3h
Beethoven Emperor Concerto Andor Foldes Leitner Berlin Heliodor 2548206 Beethoven Emperor Concerto Andor Foldes Leitner Berlin Heliodor 2548206 USD $19.85 Buy It Now 3h
Beethoven Emperor Concerto Emil Gilels Szell Cleveland Angel S36031 Beethoven Emperor Concerto Emil Gilels Szell Cleveland Angel S36031 USD $17.50 Buy It Now 3h
Artur Schnabel Beethoven Emperor Stock Chicago RCA VIC1511 Artur Schnabel Beethoven Emperor Stock Chicago RCA VIC1511 USD $19.75 Buy It Now 3h
Emperor Waltz Music Of Vienna Alb.3 Boskovsky Angel S36956 Emperor Waltz Music Of Vienna Alb.3 Boskovsky Angel S36956 USD $19.95 Buy It Now 4h
Leon Fleisher - Beethoven Epic Mono LP Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor Leon Fleisher - Beethoven Epic Mono LP Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor USD $10.00 Buy It Now 4h
Immortal Remains Everlasting Night Emperor Enslaved Immortal Remains Everlasting Night Emperor Enslaved USD $6.66 (0 bids)
USD $8.99 Buy It Now
5h
RICHTER /  CALDARA / SPERGER / REUTTER - TRUMPETS FOR THE EMPEROR NEW CD RICHTER / CALDARA / SPERGER / REUTTER - TRUMPETS FOR THE EMPEROR NEW CD USD $16.52 Buy It Now 5h
CADAVER INC-DISCIPLINE-CD-darkthrone-emperor-mayhem CADAVER INC-DISCIPLINE-CD-darkthrone-emperor-mayhem USD $8.99 Buy It Now 5h
THORNS VS EMPEROR NEW VINYL THORNS VS EMPEROR NEW VINYL USD $36.94 Buy It Now 6h
Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 3 & No. 5 Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 3 & No. 5 "Emperor", New Music USD $8.05 Buy It Now 6h
BEETHOVEN - PIANO CONCERTOS 3 & 5 BEETHOVEN - PIANO CONCERTOS 3 & 5 "EMPEROR" NEW CD USD $8.15 Buy It Now 6h
Emperor Anthems Equilibrium Prometheus 3 ORIG LP LOT!!! Emperor Anthems Equilibrium Prometheus 3 ORIG LP LOT!!! USD $145.20 Buy It Now 6h
Piano Concerto 5 Piano Concerto 5 " Emperor " Beethoven / Serkin / Ozawa / Bso CD USD $6.49 Buy It Now 6h
EMPEROR Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk 1997 Century Media CD EMPEROR Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk 1997 Century Media CD USD $5.00 (0 bids)
6h
EMPEROR Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant ECD 2004 Satyricon Thou Shalt Suffer Zyklon EMPEROR Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant ECD 2004 Satyricon Thou Shalt Suffer Zyklon USD $7.99 (0 bids)
USD $12.99 Buy It Now
7h
BAL SAGOTH - THE CHTHONIC CHRONICLES CD NEW CRADLE DIMMU EMPEROR TURISAS BAL SAGOTH - THE CHTHONIC CHRONICLES CD NEW CRADLE DIMMU EMPEROR TURISAS USD $11.99 Buy It Now 8h
CELTIC FROST - MORBID TALES / EMPEROR'S RETURN NEW CD CELTIC FROST - MORBID TALES / EMPEROR'S RETURN NEW CD USD $16.89 Buy It Now 8h
Thorns - Thorns LP ( BOOTLEG ) Blacklodge - mayhem - emperor - Burzum Thorns - Thorns LP ( BOOTLEG ) Blacklodge - mayhem - emperor - Burzum USD $36.66 Buy It Now 8h
SOURCE OF TIDE Blueprints (CD 2002) Melodic Black Metal Peccatum Zyklon Emperor SOURCE OF TIDE Blueprints (CD 2002) Melodic Black Metal Peccatum Zyklon Emperor USD $14.99 Buy It Now 8h
Caesar Vive!: Prague 1609 - Music for Emperor Rudolf II, New Music Caesar Vive!: Prague 1609 - Music for Emperor Rudolf II, New Music USD $16.87 Buy It Now 9h
Last Emperor - Various Artists (1987, CD New) Last Emperor - Various Artists (1987, CD New) USD $7.52 Buy It Now 9h
QUARTETTO ITALIANO HAYDN STRING QUARTETS- EMPEROR - SUNRISE PHILIPS 1st STEREO QUARTETTO ITALIANO HAYDN STRING QUARTETS- EMPEROR - SUNRISE PHILIPS 1st STEREO USD $12.90 Buy It Now 9h
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor", USD $9.86 Buy It Now 9h
MORTIIS - THE SMELL OF RAIN CD EMPEROR APOPTYGMA MORTIIS - THE SMELL OF RAIN CD EMPEROR APOPTYGMA USD $8.99 Buy It Now 10h
Negrete,Jorge - Emperor Of Corrido [CD New] Negrete,Jorge - Emperor Of Corrido [CD New] USD $7.20 Buy It Now 10h
Fly Pan Am Fly Pan Am "Ceux Qui Inventent N'ont Jamais" NEW LP (godspeed you black emperor) USD $25.00 Buy It Now 10h
FIMBULTYR - Gryende Tidevarv ODAL BILSKIRNIR EMPEROR FIMBULTYR - Gryende Tidevarv ODAL BILSKIRNIR EMPEROR USD $9.90 Buy It Now 10h
Haydn: The Emperor, Fifths and Sunrise Quartets (CD, Jun-1992, Naxos... Haydn: The Emperor, Fifths and Sunrise Quartets (CD, Jun-1992, Naxos... USD $14.99 Buy It Now 11h
ARS MORIENDI La singuliere noirceur d'un astre ARCTURUS ULVER EMPEROR SOLEFALD ARS MORIENDI La singuliere noirceur d'un astre ARCTURUS ULVER EMPEROR SOLEFALD USD $10.00 Buy It Now 11h
BEETHOVEN SERKIN BERNSTEIN NEW YORK NO. 5 OP. 73 (EMPEROR) MS 6366 NM VINYL BEETHOVEN SERKIN BERNSTEIN NEW YORK NO. 5 OP. 73 (EMPEROR) MS 6366 NM VINYL USD $9.99 Buy It Now 11h
Emperor Sly IMPORT UK 1997 CD Downtempo Acid Dub-Trance Emperor Sly IMPORT UK 1997 CD Downtempo Acid Dub-Trance USD $6.74 Buy It Now 12h
GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH DON'T BEND ASCEND NEW CD GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH DON'T BEND ASCEND NEW CD USD $21.85 Buy It Now 12h
GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - SLOW RIOT FOR NEW ZERO KANADA (EP) NEW VINYL GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - SLOW RIOT FOR NEW ZERO KANADA (EP) NEW VINYL USD $25.46 Buy It Now 12h
Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 'Emperor - CD Album Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 'Emperor - CD Album USD $10.91 Buy It Now 12h
PAUL ROBESON Emperor Of Song! UK 10 PAUL ROBESON Emperor Of Song! UK 10" LP 1957 ex/ex USD $11.73 Buy It Now 12h
The Emperor Machine Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise Part 4 12 The Emperor Machine Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise Part 4 12" Vinyl 12 New USD $13.67 Buy It Now 12h
Emperor Machine No Sale No Id (Smd Version) 12 Emperor Machine No Sale No Id (Smd Version) 12" Vinyl 12 New USD $13.93 Buy It Now 12h
Emperor's New Clothes  Gielgud, Sir John, Isham, Mark Emperor's New Clothes Gielgud, Sir John, Isham, Mark USD $3.88 Buy It Now 12h
AUDIOPHILE VIRGIN SDTK ITA RYUIKI SAKAMOTO AUDIOPHILE VIRGIN SDTK ITA RYUIKI SAKAMOTO "The Last Emperor" G/F COVER PROMO USD $12.50 Buy It Now 13h
DECCA WORLD OF GREAT CLASSIC SPA UK BEETHOVEN DECCA WORLD OF GREAT CLASSIC SPA UK BEETHOVEN "Emperor Concert" BACKHAUS NM USD $12.50 Buy It Now 13h
Soul Ecstasy Soundtrack (CD, Jun-1999, Emperor Norton) sealed Soul Ecstasy Soundtrack (CD, Jun-1999, Emperor Norton) sealed USD $3.50 Buy It Now 13h
MARDUK Slay The Nazarene EP LTD NEW Immortal Emperor Dark Funeral Mist Watain MARDUK Slay The Nazarene EP LTD NEW Immortal Emperor Dark Funeral Mist Watain USD $16.66 Buy It Now 13h
GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH DON'T BEND ASCEND (180GM) NEW VINYL GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH DON'T BEND ASCEND (180GM) NEW VINYL USD $39.49 Buy It Now 13h
RNB NORTHERN 45 Kurt Harris / Johnny Love‎-Emperor Of My Baby's Heart / Chills RNB NORTHERN 45 Kurt Harris / Johnny Love‎-Emperor Of My Baby's Heart / Chills USD $15.00 Buy It Now 13h
Red Emperor Project / Made Of Maiden JAPAN Iron Maiden Myproof Youthquake C Red Emperor Project / Made Of Maiden JAPAN Iron Maiden Myproof Youthquake C USD $49.99 Buy It Now 14h
MEGA RARE GENESIS ORIGINAL 2CD EMPEROR & EMPRESS 1974 TOWER THEATER PA MEGA RARE GENESIS ORIGINAL 2CD EMPEROR & EMPRESS 1974 TOWER THEATER PA USD $39.95 (0 bids)
14h
EMPEROR WRATH OF THE TYRANT 1ST EDITION DEMO TAPE W/HAND LOW #37 MEGA RARE EMPEROR WRATH OF THE TYRANT 1ST EDITION DEMO TAPE W/HAND LOW #37 MEGA RARE USD $85.00 (0 bids)
USD $175.00 Buy It Now
15h
Beethoven Syms 1/5 & 8 Emperor Concerto - Katz,Mindu Barbiroll/Ha (2011, CD New) Beethoven Syms 1/5 & 8 Emperor Concerto - Katz,Mindu Barbiroll/Ha (2011, CD New) USD $13.02 Buy It Now 15h
Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, Century Black Records 1997 Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, Century Black Records 1997 USD $7.99 Buy It Now 15h
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor Katchen Gamba Decca SDD225 Vinyl LP Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor Katchen Gamba Decca SDD225 Vinyl LP USD $16.76 Buy It Now 15h
Godspeed You Black Emperor Allelujah Don’t Bend Ascend LP Record Godspeed You Black Emperor Allelujah Don’t Bend Ascend LP Record USD $26.89 Buy It Now 15h
SLPM 138 886 TULIPS AMADEUS QUARTET haydn emperor/mozart hunting dgg LP PS NM/EX SLPM 138 886 TULIPS AMADEUS QUARTET haydn emperor/mozart hunting dgg LP PS NM/EX USD $15.08 Buy It Now 15h
RCA RB -16262 RED SEAL:BEETHOVEN ; EMPEROR CONCERTO ; CLIBURN/REINER RCA RB -16262 RED SEAL:BEETHOVEN ; EMPEROR CONCERTO ; CLIBURN/REINER USD $8.37 (0 bids)
16h
EMPEROR emperor self titled PS 2020 near mint disc usa private stock LP PS EX/EX EMPEROR emperor self titled PS 2020 near mint disc usa private stock LP PS EX/EX USD $15.08 Buy It Now 16h
ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN-BEETHOVEN EMPEROR CONCERTO-RCA LSC-2733 STEREO DHSDED DOG ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN-BEETHOVEN EMPEROR CONCERTO-RCA LSC-2733 STEREO DHSDED DOG USD $7.99 (0 bids)
16h
Space Baby Blast Off - CD (Sealed) Emperor Norton Records Japanese import Space Baby Blast Off - CD (Sealed) Emperor Norton Records Japanese import USD $9.99 Buy It Now 16h
Emperors Of Wyoming - Emperor's Of Wyoming [CD New] Emperors Of Wyoming - Emperor's Of Wyoming [CD New] USD $13.67 Buy It Now 16h
Noonan,Katie & The Captains - Emperor's Box [CD New] Noonan,Katie & The Captains - Emperor's Box [CD New] USD $29.03 Buy It Now 16h
Various Artists - Last Emperor [CD New] Various Artists - Last Emperor [CD New] USD $10.94 Buy It Now 16h
The American Analog Set - From Our Living Room to Yours CD 1997 Emperor Jones The American Analog Set - From Our Living Room to Yours CD 1997 Emperor Jones USD $7.00 Buy It Now 16h
Iggy Pop Real Wild Child Brand New 7 Iggy Pop Real Wild Child Brand New 7" Canada David Bowie Little Miss Emperor USD $17.09 Buy It Now 16h
Emperor - Emperial Live Ceremony (Black Metal - Candlelight CD NEW Emperor - Emperial Live Ceremony (Black Metal - Candlelight CD NEW USD $9.49 Buy It Now 16h
LEON FLEISHER  BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO 5 EMPEROR Epic LP LC3791 GEORGE SZELL LEON FLEISHER BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO 5 EMPEROR Epic LP LC3791 GEORGE SZELL USD $6.29 Buy It Now 17h
The Second Coming by Winterlong (CD, Jun-2004, Lion (Finland)) Black Emperor The Second Coming by Winterlong (CD, Jun-2004, Lion (Finland)) Black Emperor USD $4.00 (0 bids)
17h
KATIE NOONAN/THE CAP - EMPEROR'S BOX * - NEW CD KATIE NOONAN/THE CAP - EMPEROR'S BOX * - NEW CD USD $26.05 Buy It Now 17h
STEREO MC'S - EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE - NEW CD STEREO MC'S - EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE - NEW CD USD $19.16 Buy It Now 17h
THORNS VS. EMPEROR - Split CD Moonfog 1999 THORNS VS. EMPEROR - Split CD Moonfog 1999 USD $25.00 Buy It Now 17h
Takako Minekawa Takako Minekawa "Recubed" 1998 Emperor Norton Used CD EP USD $5.99 Buy It Now 17h
First Album [PA] by Miss Kittin & the Hacker (CD, Mar-2002, Emperor Norton) First Album [PA] by Miss Kittin & the Hacker (CD, Mar-2002, Emperor Norton) USD $7.99 Buy It Now 17h
Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise - Emperor Machine Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise - Emperor Machine USD $12.61 Buy It Now 17h
BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN "EMPEROR" CONCERTO ~ VIENNA TONKUNSTLER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FELICITAS K USD $2.50 Buy It Now 18h
Piano Concerto 5 Emperor / Piano Concerto a Minor - Beethoven; Schumann; Antal.. Piano Concerto 5 Emperor / Piano Concerto a Minor - Beethoven; Schumann; Antal.. USD $8.80 Buy It Now 18h
RCA LSC 2733 White Dog BEETHOVEN RCA LSC 2733 White Dog BEETHOVEN "Emperor" Con. Rubinstein / Leinsdorf BSO USD $1.99 (0 bids)
18h
NAXOS - BEETHOVEN - PIANO CONCERTO NO 5 EMPEROR AND PIANO SONATA NO 15 PASTORAL NAXOS - BEETHOVEN - PIANO CONCERTO NO 5 EMPEROR AND PIANO SONATA NO 15 PASTORAL USD $6.69 Buy It Now 18h
FERDINARD LEINER -BRUNO-LEONARD GELBER BEETHOVEN FERDINARD LEINER -BRUNO-LEONARD GELBER BEETHOVEN "EMPEROR" EMI SXLP 20104. UK USD $25.00 Buy It Now 18h
Change Is Coming by Money Mark (CD, Sep-2001, Emperor Norton) Change Is Coming by Money Mark (CD, Sep-2001, Emperor Norton) USD $2.99 Buy It Now 18h
THE LAST EMPEROR MUSIC, MAGIC, MYTH 2003  2 DISC CD THE LAST EMPEROR MUSIC, MAGIC, MYTH 2003 2 DISC CD USD $35.00 Buy It Now 18h
Emperor - IX Equilibrium (Black Metal) (CD, Mar-1999, Candlelight Records) RARE Emperor - IX Equilibrium (Black Metal) (CD, Mar-1999, Candlelight Records) RARE USD $14.99 (0 bids)
19h
Showing all 100 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com
Amazon (logo)
In the Nightside EclipseIn the Nightside Eclipse
Candlelight 2004
Audio CD$3.76
$3.78 (used)
Anthems to the Welkin at DuskAnthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Candlelight 2004
Audio CD$3.42
$6.98 (used)
Live InfernoLive Inferno
Candlelight 2009
Audio CD$12.18
$8.38 (used)
Showing 3 items | Cache expiring in 72h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com

More places to buy metal & EMPEROR music

EMPEROR Discography

EMPEROR albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.43 | 47 ratings
In the Nightside Eclipse
Black Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 4.35 | 35 ratings
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Black Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.71 | 25 ratings
IX Equilibrium
Black Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.31 | 22 ratings
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Black Metal 2001

EMPEROR EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.91 | 10 ratings
Emperor
Black Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.18 | 5 ratings
As the Shadows Rise
Black Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.94 | 9 ratings
Reverence
Black Metal 1997

EMPEROR live albums

.. Album Cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Emperial Live Ceremony
Black Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Thus Spake the Nightspirit / Inno a Satana
Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
Live Inferno
Black Metal 2009

EMPEROR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Wrath Of The Tyrant
Black Metal 1992

EMPEROR boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.65 | 8 ratings
Emperor / Wrath of the Tyrant
Black Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.83 | 3 ratings
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath
Black Metal 2003

EMPEROR singles (0)

EMPEROR movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

EMPEROR Reviews

EMPEROR Wrath Of The Tyrant

Demo · 1992 · Black Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Even though black metal in 1992 was still in its nascent form, EMPEROR was following in the footsteps of Mayhem and demonstrating that they could be fully possessed by the demons that spewed their sonic venom like deranged derelicts along with likes of contemporaries Darkthrone, Mayhem and Immortal in the earliest part of the second wave of Norwegian black metal. This is so early on that you can hear them transitioning from the thrash and death metal into the newer more evil sounds that were emerging as a distinct subgenre.

If there was any black metal demo that truly sounds like it was recorded in the depths of hell, this one might be it. It is clear from this muddy lo-fi first demo that EMPEROR were extremely good musicians who didn't need to rely on the better production values that would come on their major releases. The frenetic energy and absolutely insane performances are top notch here making this some of the scariest music i've ever heard. I have a weakness for these early black metal releases and when the musicianship is this topnotch it's hard not to get shivers when I hear the horrific sounds of Ihsahn (listed as Ygg on this one), Samot and original bassist Mortiis raising the dead in the night of the graveless souls.

EMPEROR Emperor

EP · 1993 · Black Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
This debut EP by EMPEROR was originally released as a split album with Enslaved's debut EP Hordanes Land but has since been remastered and released independently and together with the demo “Wrath Of The Tyrant.” On this release Ygg changed his name to the more familiar Ihsahn and Faust made his debut delivering us to evil with his impressive drumming skills. This would be the last effort for Mortiis who would jump ship only to pursue his dark ambient musical fetish.

On this debut EP by the mighty EMPEROR we hear the transition from the muddy live wire demo band to the in-transit zone between death, thrash and the second wave of black metal but starting here we get a more smoothed out madness with an atmospheric keyboard backing. The music is just as intense and brutal but the symphonic backing adds a rather calming feel that makes this seem a little less startling and less like it was recorded in the depths of hell than the previous demo. The real proof is by listening to the two tracks which appeared on the demo and were re-recorded for this EP. Those two tracks being "Wrath of the Tyrant" and "Night of the Graveless Souls.” It's easy to hear how the full debut album “In The Nightshade Eclipse” picks up from here. This is a satisfying four song interlude in their discography that shouldn't be ignored.

EMPEROR Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

Album · 1997 · Black Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
OK, team! Roll call. Ihsahn. Here! Samoth. Yo! Tschort. Tschort? Anybody seen Tschort? Faust. Faust? What's going on here! Where did half the band go? Ok. Two no shows. You, Alver. You handle the bass duties on this one. Trym. You pound those skins. And Samoth. Just what is your parole status? I hope you're done with all that naughtiness. Well, we shall hope.

Achieving the almost impossible, EMPEROR followed up one of the most magnanimous achievements of black metal with an equally compelling masterpiece in ANTHEMS TO THE WELKIN AT DUSK. Although there are many similarities, there are equally many differences. This album is more progressive and the production is clearly less tinny and the vocals of Ihsahn are clearly not only more audible but in a totally different style varying form the similar form of muffled shrieks of the last album to the often spoken and mumbled. Don't think this means you can understand them any better! This is black metal!

This album clearly displays a complexity that not only blows away their contemporaries of the day but even by those of the present. EMPEROR chose a royal title and I have to admit that they chose well because of all the black metal bands i've listened to I still find EMPEROR to be one of the best. It simply has all the elements that make black metal what it should be. It also seems that the influence that this band laid down is immeasurable since countless bands have used aspects that they laid down in their early years of existence. Another brilliant album by a unique band that is equally famous for its naughtiness as it is for its outstanding black metal. Personally I couldn't care less about the antics and only care about the music itself, which is more than enough for this band to be immortalized in history.

EMPEROR In the Nightside Eclipse

Album · 1994 · Black Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Although not the first black metal band to incorporate the use of keyboards into a brutal sonicscape (that honor goes to Sigh), EMPEROR, nonetheless was the first to actually make it work and create an eerie layer to the incredibly brutal black metal-fest that is called IN THE NIGHTSHADE ECLIPSE. As usual, the production is tweaked to sound tinny and slightly out of the comfort zone of the casual listener. A startling experience upon first listen but after adjusting to this strange new world, it rewards the listener with outstanding musicianship, a beyond-energetic delivery system and for those who care about the lyrics, some ridiculously poetic verbiage. Just don't expect to understand them even if you are trying to read them as Ihsahn wails through the wall of din that encompasses a sonic fortress where it feels like the pleas of a prisoner are trying to supplicate the forgiveness of an embodiment of a karmic barrier that prevents the endorphin-like substances from relieving the promulgating pangs of darkness.

What makes this album so brilliant is its intensity. It simply grabs you by the gonads and demands your attention for the entire run. You either succumb to its will or flee in horror as you are not worthy of its metallic prowess that will transfix you into an alternate reality for its entirety. The demons have been set free from their chains and have taken full control of this band who delivers the most deliciously evile sonic assault ever laid down onto physical matter. A true erudition of the occult. A manic escheat to the underworld. I am forever under the spell of this metallic fury that delivers the best of the best in the department of the demonic.

This band, of course is known for its atrocities that the individual members committed. The murders, the church burnings. You know the stories and if you don't you can easily learn about them. All in all I look at it this way. Some people blame black metal for inciting all kinds of violence, murder sprees and church burning. It's true that some of these miscreants were indeed involved in the world of black metal, but my argument is simple. Maybe, just maybe if these disturbed individuals didn't have music in their lives then those impulses to commit those egregious acts would have been more frequent with more vehemency and would have led to even more sensational societal defiances. I think that the music that these guys created diluted the truly evil impulses that haunted their souls. Rating the music and not the other aspects of their lives, this album is a bona fide masterpiece.

As an epilogue to this tale of woe and despair. On the re-mastered version there are two bonus tracks that are well worth having as long as you realize that they are not meant to be a part of the original album. That's why they are called bonus tracks. But damn good ones.

EMPEROR Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise

Album · 2001 · Black Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
I guess part of the reason Prometheus gets such a mixed reception from Emperor fans is that, listening to it, it eventually becomes clear that Emperor weren't actually especially interested in sounding like Emperor any more. Whilst IX Equilibrium did at points recall the sound of Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk and In the Nightside Eclipse, here we're on Ihsahn's experimental trip and the rest of the band are just along for the ride.

And Ihsahn himself seems to have concocted the project mainly to officially announce the demise of the band. Lyrically, the piece seems to be a concept album about the Emperor (you know, the one who's regularly the focus of the band's lyrics) realising that all he'd been doing previously was rather empty and meaningless, drifting around a bit, and then dying. Musically, things are just as half-hearted and reluctant as the concept implies, the band Emperor plodding to death along with the metaphorical Emperor. It's an interesting way to bring a band's career to a close, but I have to say that a better way to draw a line under the group's recording efforts is to just stop recording and let the band's classic earlier albums stand on their own.

As far as experimental extreme metal goes, there's far better releases out there (including some by Ihsahn himself), so this one's well within the Collectors Only bracket.

EMPEROR Movies Reviews

No EMPEROR movie reviews posted yet.

EMPEROR Shouts

Please login to post a shout
Zargus wrote:
1127 days ago
I am the Emperor!

EMPEROR Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Crimson Death Metal
EDGE OF SANITY
Buy this album from our partners
Still Life Progressive Metal
OPETH
Buy this album from our partners
Symbolic Death Metal
DEATH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Black Moon Rising Power Metal
FALCONER
Buy this album from MMA partners
I Came to Rock Hard Rock
ANTHEM OF THE SUN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Rising From The Ashes NWoBHM
WEAPON UK
Buy this album from MMA partners
Through Hell Until The End Death Metal
CRUXVAE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Across the Dark River Doom Metal
BELOW
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

Eminence - No Code - Lyric Video
EMINENCE
Tupan· 12 hours ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online