Origin: Norway  
Genres: Black Metal
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Last update/review: December 3, 2006


Emperor is one of the most well-known and most influential black metal bands of the nineties, setting the standard for symphonic Norwegian black metal with their seminal albums In The Nightside Eclipse and Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, both considered essential releases in their field. They were also mixed up in the Euronymous/Grishnachh affair (see the Mayhem for a bit more information on that scene), leading to the arrests and sentences of two of their major players (Samoth and Faust). Nevertheless, they persevered, deciding to retire on a high note following the release of 2001's Prometheus album. The members have since concentrated on other bands such as Zyklon, Peccatum, and (most recently) Ihsahn, though they have reunited to play some 2006 shows, and may record again.

Current Members

Ihsahn (Vegard Tveitan)

vocals/bass/guitars (Ihsahn, ex-Peccatum, ex-Wongraven, ex-Zyklon-B)

Samoth (Tomas Haugen)

guitars (ex-Arcturus, ex-Burzum, ex-Gorgoroth, ex-Satyricon, Scum, The Wretched End, ex-Zyklon, ex-Zyklon-B)

Trym Torson (Kai Johnny Mosaker)

drums (guest for Abigail Williams, ex-Enslaved, ex-Zyklon)

Former Members/Guests

Mortiis (Haavard Elefsen)


Tchort (Terje Vik Schei)

bass (ex-Blood Red Throne, Carpathian Forest, Green Carnation)

Jonas Alver

bass (ex-Dødheimsgard)

Faust (Bård Eithun)

drums (ex-Aborym, Blood Tsunami, Scum)


Emperor (split LP w/ Enslaved)  EP
1993 Century Media
  1. I am the black wizards
  2. Wrath of the tyrant
  3. Night of the graveless souls
  4. Cosmic keys to my creation & times
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Mortiis
  • Faust

As The Shadows Rise  EP
1994 Head Not Found
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Mortiis
  • Faust

In The Nightside Eclipse  
1994 Candlelight
  1. Into the infinity of thoughts
  2. The burning shadows of silence
  3. Cosmic keys to my creations & times
  4. Beyond the great vast forest
  5. Towards the pantheon
  6. The majesty of the night sky
  7. I am the black wizards
  8. Inno a satana
  9. A fine day to die (bonus track)
  10. Gypsy (bonus track)
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Tchort
  • Faust
1994 Readers' Album #33

Reverence  EP
1997 Candlelight
  1. The Loss & Curse Of Reverence
  2. In Longing Spirit
  3. Opus A Satana
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Jonas Alver
  • Trym Torson

Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk  
1997 Candlelight
  1. Al svartr (the oath)
  2. Ye entrancemperium
  3. Thus spake the night spirit
  4. Ensorcelled by chaos
  5. The loss and curse of reverence
  6. The acclamation of bonds
  7. With strength I burn
  8. The wanderer
  9. In longing spirit
  10. Opus a satana
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Jonas Alver
  • Trym Torson
1997 Readers' Album #17

Thorns vs Emperor (split w/ Thorns)  
1998 Moonfog
  1. Exordium
  2. [Thrn] - Aerie Descent
  3. I Am
  4. Aerie Descent
  5. Thus March The Nightspirit
  6. [Thrn] - Melas Khole
  7. [Thrn] - The Discipline Of Earth
  8. [Thrn] - Cosmic Keys
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Trym Torson

IX Equilibrium  
1999 Candlelight
  1. Curse you all men!
  2. Decrystallizing reason
  3. An elegy of Icaros
  4. The source of icon E
  5. Sworn
  6. Nonus aequilibrium
  7. The warriors of modern death
  8. Of Blindness & subsequent seers
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Trym Torson
1999 Readers' Album #12

Emperial Live Ceremony  LIVE
2000 Candlelight
  1. Curse You All Men!
  2. Thus Spake The Nightspirit
  3. I Am The Black Wizards
  4. An Elegy Of Icaros
  5. With Strength I Burn
  6. Sworn
  7. Night Of The Graveless Souls
  8. Inno A Satana
  9. Ye Entrancemperium
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Trym Torson

Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire ...  
2001 Candlelight
  1. The Eruption
  2. Depraved
  3. Empty
  4. The Prophet
  5. The Tongue Of Fire
  6. In The Wordless Chamber
  7. Grey
  8. He Who Sought The Fire
  9. Thorns On My Grave
  • Ihsahn
  • Samoth
  • Trym Torson

Scattered Ashes - A Decade Of Emperial Wrath  COMPILATION
2003 Candlelight
  1. Curse You All Men!
  2. The Tongue of Fire
  3. The Majesty of The Nightsky
  4. Cosmic Keys To My Creations & Times
  5. Wrath of The Tyrant
  6. The Loss & Curse of Reverence
  7. An Elegy of Icaros
  8. I Am The Black Wizards
  9. Thus Spake The Nightspirit (Live)
  10. Ye Entrancemperium
  11. In The Wordless Chamber
  12. With Strength I Burn
  13. Inno A Satana
  14. A Fine Day To Die
  15. Aerie Descent
  16. Cromlech
  17. Gypsy
  18. Funeral Fog
  19. I Am
  20. Sworn (Remix)
  21. Lord Of The Storms
  22. My Empire.s Doom
  23. Moon Over Kara-Shehr
  24. The Ancient Queen
  25. Witches. Sabbath
  26. In Longing Spirit
  27. Opus A Satana
2003 Readers' Album #57

Live At Wacken Open Air 2006  VIDEO
2006 Candlelight

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