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Encyclopedia > Emperor (band)
Emperor
Origin Notodden, Norway
Genre(s) Black metal
Symphonic black metal
Progressive metal (later)
Years active 1991–2001
2005–present
Label(s) Century Media, Roadrunner, Candlelight, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Burzum
Dodheimsgard
Enslaved
Gorgoroth
Ihsahn
Ildjarn
Mortiis
Peccatum
Satyricon
Thou Shalt Suffer
Zyklon
Zyklon-B
Website www.emperorhorde.com
Members
Ihsahn
Samoth
Trym Torson
Former members
Mortiis
Bård Faust
Alver
Tchort

Emperor is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band formed in 1991. Over the years, the band's music changed to what can be called "extreme symphonic metal" in their later days[1]. They dissolved in 2001, and but reunited in 2006 and again in 2007 for a few festival dates and brief US tours. The group was founded by Samoth on drums and Ihsahn on guitar and vocals. County District Øst-Telemark Municipality NO-0807 Administrative centre Notodden Mayor (2003) Bjarne Bakken (Ap) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 120 914 km² 852 km² 0. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Symphonic Black Metal is a fusion genre, combining elements of black metal and symphonic metal. ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Century Media Records is an independant metal record label with offices in the USA, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ... Candlelight Records is a record label in Europe and the United States that has covered major artists such as Opeth, Vader, and Emperor. ... For nuclear detonations, see nuclear explosion. ... Burzum began in 1991 as a prominent and influential Norwegian black metal act by Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes). ... Dødheimsgard (now known as DHG) was originally a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1994, but their last release saw them change into an experimental and avant-garde metal band. ... Enslaved is a progressive black/viking metal band from Haugesund, Norway. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Ildjarn was a raw black metal solo project from Norway that features themes such as reverence for nature and hatred of humanity. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by HÃ¥vard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... Peccatum was an avant-garde metal band from Norway. ... This article is about the band. ... Thou Shalt Suffer is a black metal band from Norway. ... Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Zyklon-B was a Norwegian black metal band founded in 1995. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ... Trym Torson (born Kai Johnny Mosaker), or just simply Trym is a Norwegian drummer, currently playing with Zyklon. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by HÃ¥vard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... BÃ¥rd G. Faust Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. ... Terje Vik Schei (Born May/June 1974), better known by his stage name Tchort, is a Norwegian musician. ... Symphonic Black Metal is a fusion genre, combining elements of black metal and symphonic metal. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a number of related heavy metal subgenres that have developed since the 1980s. ... Symphonic metal is a term used to describe heavy metal music that has symphonic elements; that is, elements that sound similar to a classical symphony. ... Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ...

Contents

Biography

In their youth, Ihsahn and Samoth met at a rock music seminar. The two young men began playing together under various names; first Dark Device, then Xerasia, then Embryonic. The group soon evolved into the now well-known band Thou Shalt Suffer. Soon, however, Samoth began to write music outside of Thou Shalt Suffer, and together with Ihsahn and a new bass player called Mortiis (later of his own eponymous band Mortiis), Emperor was formed. After a short while together, the band released a demo entitled Wrath of the Tyrant. It quickly gained popularity in the underground and attracted the attention of the then-start-up label Candlelight. Soon afterwards, a record contract was signed, Samoth moved to rhythm guitar, Ihsahn continued the vocal duties and lead guitars and Faust was recruited as a drummer. Thou Shalt Suffer is a black metal band from Norway. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by HÃ¥vard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... Alternative Cover Century Black version Wrath of the Tyrant was the demo released in 1992 by the seminal black metal band Emperor. ... BÃ¥rd G. Faust Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. ...


In the summer of 1992, a series of events were set in motion by the black metal inner circle. Samoth, along with members of Mayhem and various other black metallers, set out to burn down the ancient churches of Norway.[2] Also in 1992, Faust was in Lillehammer to see the newly-constructed Olympic park. A homosexual man named Rhys Adamec approached him and suggested that they go together in the nearby forest. Faust agreed, and once in the forest, the man began to make strong sexual advances towards him. Faust then stabbed the man to death.[3][4] He was not convicted until a year later. After Faust committed the murder, he went with members of Mayhem to burn bibles and hymnals at a nearby ski-jump.[5] In the summer of 1993, the band began working on their first full-length record. Emperor were supported by the famous British group Cradle of Filth on tour, and after this tour the band ceased wearing corpse paint; they stated that it was becoming a trend and losing its original significance and symbolism. In the autumn of that year, the police began to investigate the murder of Euronymous of Mayhem, naming Varg Vikernes (of Burzum) as a suspect; this investigation eventually led to the incarceration of Samoth for arson, and of Faust for the murder of Adamec. Mayhem (often called The True Mayhem) is an infamous, pioneering black metal band formed in 1984[1] in Oslo, Norway. ... County Oppland District Gudbrandsdal Municipality NO-0501 Administrative centre Lillehammer Mayor (2005) Synnøve Brenden Klemetrud (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 211 477 km² 450 km² 0. ... (Redirected from 1994 Winter Olympic Games) The XVII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... This article is about sexual practices (i. ... Cradle of Filth are an extreme metal band formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. ... Abbath and Horgh of Immortal Corpse paint (sometimes a single word, corpsepaint) is a style of black-and-white makeup used extensively by black metal bands during live concerts and photo shoots. ... Dead and Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (March 22, 1968 - August 10, 1993) was a guitarist for the infamous Norwegian black metal band Mayhem who went by the stage name Euronymous. ... Varg Vikernes[1] IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician and writer. ... Burzum began in 1991 as a prominent and influential Norwegian black metal act by Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes). ...


In 1994, In the Nightside Eclipse was released, and earned Emperor widespread acclaim and a large fanbase. The album is considered by many a definitive black metal record, with its epic, evolving song structures, ambient keyboard sounds, and raspy, spewed vocals. In the Nightside Eclipse is the first LP by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. ...


After Samoth's parole, the band was joined by Trym and Alver on drums and bass respectively, and at the end of 1996, Emperor entered the studio to record Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk. Featuring a much more progressive sound than their earlier output, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk was a much more commercial effort, winning the 'album of the year' poll in many popular metal magazines around the world, including UK Terrorizer and US Metal Maniacs. Bassist Alver soon left. Trym Torson (born Kai Johnny Mosaker), or just simply Trym is a Norwegian drummer, currently playing with Zyklon. ... Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is the second full-length album by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American...


Now continuing their career as a trio, with Ihsahn handling keyboards, vocals, guitars and bass, the band recorded their third album IX Equilibrium and toured Europe and the United States. It was around 2000 when Samoth and Trym started to gravitate more towards death metal, while Ihsahn directed his musical exploration towards the more artistic and progressive side of extreme metal, as shown by his side project, Peccatum. Thus, in 2001, Emperor decided to disband after releasing one final album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, composed entirely by Ihsahn. Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... IX Equilibrium is the third LP by the black metal band Emperor. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a number of related heavy metal subgenres that have developed since the 1980s. ... Peccatum was an avant-garde metal band from Norway. ...


Following the breakup, Samoth and Trym continued playing in the black/death metal outfit Zyklon, while Ihsahn concentrated on his family project Peccatum. Later Ihsahn announced a solo project, much in the vein of Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise and Peccatum, featuring drummer Asgeir Mickelson of Borknagar and Vintersorg. It has generated positive feedback in the black metal community. Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Peccatum was an avant-garde metal band from Norway. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... The Adversary is the debut solo album of Emperor frontman Ihsahn. ... Peccatum was an avant-garde metal band from Norway. ... Borknagar is a progressive metal band from Bergen, Norway founded in 1995 by Øystein Garnes Brun. ... Vintersorg is a Swedish progressive, folk/viking, black metal-influenced band formed in 1994 under the name Vargatron (Wolfthrone in English). ... This article is about the musical genre. ...


Recently, Ihsahn announced an Emperor Tablature Book based on their Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath compilation album, containing thirteen Emperor tracks from their back catalogue. It will be transcribed by Ihsahn with a foreword also by him, and is to be released October 31 via Candlelight Records. Emperor's albums were also re-issued in a special box version with a bonus poster on Aug. 21, 2007. Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Example of numeric vihuela tablature from the book Orphenica Lyra by Miguel de Fuenllana (1554). ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... A foreword is a literary device that is often found in the beginning of a piece of literature, before the introduction. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Candlelight Records is a record label in Europe and the United States that has covered major artists such as Opeth, Vader, and Emperor. ...


Samoth announced on October 23rd, 2007 that Emperor will be preparing a second official DVD release[1].


Live Performances

The band played a surprise three-song show in Oslo on 30 September 2005, at which they announced a series of full concerts to take place in California, New York City, and Europe in 2006. As of February 2006, they were also scheduled to play at the Inferno festival in April and Wacken Open Air in August. Samoth unfortunately was unable to take part in the US tour dates, having served time for arson and violence, so Emperor performed without him. Inferno Metal Festival is an annual extreme-metal festival in Oslo, Norway. ... For the German town, see Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein. ...


On October 7 2006, Emperor performed at the under-18 Motstøy-festival in their home town of Notodden. The band had wanted to do an under-18 gig and a gig at their home town, so the festival fit perfectly. It was held at a small venue called StuA, and with only 450 tickets available, the concert was sold out in short time.


On the 28th of October 2006, Emperor returned to the UK to play a gig at London's Astoria venue, where the band was warmly greeted by fans. In 2007, Emperor played a series of one-off shows in the United States and two festival gigs in France and Finland.


Band members

Ihsahn
Ihsahn

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (533x800, 82 KB) Ihsahn of Emperor performing at Wacken Open Air 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (533x800, 82 KB) Ihsahn of Emperor performing at Wacken Open Air 2006. ...

Current members

  • Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) - vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards (1991– present)
  • Samoth (Tomas Haugen) - guitars, bass guitar, drums, vocals (1991–present)
  • Trym Torson (Kai Mosaker) - drums (1996–present)

Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ... Trym Torson (born Kai Johnny Mosaker), or just simply Trym is a Norwegian drummer, currently playing with Zyklon. ...

Former members

  • Alver (Jonas Alver) - bass guitar (1995–1998)
  • Tchort (Terje Schei) - bass guitar (1993–1994)
  • Mortiis (Håvard Ellefsen) - bass guitar (1991–1992)
  • Faust (Bård Faust) - drums (1992–1993)

Terje Vik Schei (Born May/June 1974), better known by his stage name Tchort, is a Norwegian musician. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by HÃ¥vard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... BÃ¥rd G. Faust Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. ...

Live and session members

This biography does not cite any references or sources. ... Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Myrkskog is a death metal band (formed in 1993) from Drammen, Norway. ... Borknagar is a progressive metal band from Bergen, Norway founded in 1995 by Øystein Garnes Brun. ... Vintersorg is a Swedish progressive, folk/viking, black metal-influenced band formed in 1994 under the name Vargatron (Wolfthrone in English). ... Ildjarn was a raw black metal solo project from Norway that features themes such as reverence for nature and hatred of humanity. ... Thou Shalt Suffer is a black metal band from Norway. ... Sverd with Arcturus guitarist Tore Moren Steinar Sverd Johnsen is a Norwegian piano/keyboard/synthesizer player and composer. ... Arcturus was an avant-garde metal band formed in Norway in 1987 under the name Mortem. ... The Kovenant is a Norwegian band which has evolved from symphonic black metal to industrial metal on more recent albums. ...

Discography

See Emperor discography

Videography

  • The Loss and Curse of Reverence [Promo Video]
  • Emperial Live Ceremony [VHS/DVD] (2000)
  • Empty [Promo Video] (2001)

Related artists

Ihsahn

Samoth

Trym

Faust

Mortiis

Tchort

Jonas Alver

  • Dødheimsgard

Arcturus was an avant-garde metal band formed in Norway in 1987 under the name Mortem. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Peccatum was an avant-garde metal band from Norway. ... Thou Shalt Suffer is a black metal band from Norway. ... Ulver (Norwegian for Wolves) is an experimental musical ensemble from Norway that started out making folk-inspired black metal and neo-classical folk music. ... Satyr (born Sigurd Wongraven on November 28, 1975) is the vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon. ... Zyklon-B was a Norwegian black metal band founded in 1995. ... Arcturus was an avant-garde metal band formed in Norway in 1987 under the name Mortem. ... Burzum began in 1991 as a prominent and influential Norwegian black metal act by Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ildjarn was a raw black metal solo project from Norway that features themes such as reverence for nature and hatred of humanity. ... This article is about the band. ... Norwegian/American band formed in 2004 with members from Amen, Emperor and Turbonegro. ... Thou Shalt Suffer is a black metal band from Norway. ... Ulver (Norwegian for Wolves) is an experimental musical ensemble from Norway that started out making folk-inspired black metal and neo-classical folk music. ... Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Zyklon-B was a Norwegian black metal band founded in 1995. ... Enslaved is a progressive black/viking metal band from Haugesund, Norway. ... This article is about the band. ... Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Aborym is an Italian industrial black metal band who refer to their style as hard / black alien industrial metal. ... Blood Tsunami is a Norwegian Death / Thrash metal band. ... Norwegian/American band formed in 2004 with members from Amen, Emperor and Turbonegro. ... Thorns is a Norwegian black metal band. ... Zyklon is a Norwegian blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by Samoth and Trym of Norwegian black metal band Emperor, along with former members of Myrkskog, in order to make up for the fact that Emperor were no longer playing live. ... Dissection was a well-known Swedish black metal band formed in 1989 by guitarist and vocalist Jon Nödtveidt. ... Mortiis Cintecele Diavolui, or Devils Songs as it translates to in English, is a side project of Mortiis. ... Fata Morgana is a musical side project of Mortiis. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... Vond is the dark side of Mortiis so to speak. ... Blood Red Throne are a five piece Death metal band from Kristiansand, Norway. ... Carpathian Forest is a Norwegian black metal band formed by Nattefrost and Nordavind in 1990. ... In The Woods. ... For the book, see The Green Carnation Green Carnation is a Norwegian Progressive Metal/Art Rock band formed in 1990. ... This article is about the band. ... Dødheimsgard (now known as DHG) was originally a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1994, but 1999s 666 International saw them change into an experimental and avant-garde metal band. ...

Notes

  1. ^ roadrunnerrecords.com

External links

Rockdetector, sometimes abbreviated to RD by frequent users, is an international Rock music website database concieved by editor Garry Sharpe-Young during 2001. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... An emperorrefers to Nick Herringshaw, a title, empress may only indicate the wife of an emperor (empress consort. ... Ihsahn (born 1975), born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, is a Norwegian guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. ... Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ... Trym Torson (born Kai Johnny Mosaker), or just simply Trym is a Norwegian drummer, currently playing with Zyklon. ... Terje Vik Schei (Born May/June 1974), better known by his stage name Tchort, is a Norwegian musician. ... Mortiis is an electronic band from Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. ... Bård G. Faust Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. ... In the Nightside Eclipse is the first LP by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. ... Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is the second full-length album by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. ... IX Equilibrium is the third LP by the black metal band Emperor. ... Emperial Live Ceremony is a live album from Emperor. ... Alternative Cover Century Black version Wrath of the Tyrant was the demo released in 1992 by the seminal black metal band Emperor. ... Emperor is the debut MLP from Emperor. ... As the Shadows Rise is an EP by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. ... Reverence is an EP by the black metal band Emperor. ... Hordanes Land was the first official release by Enslaved. ... Emperial Live Ceremony is a live album from Emperor. ...

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