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Emperor Classics To Be Re-issued In Ltd. Ed. Box Sets
June 14, 2007
Candlelight Records will re-release classic Emperor albums in limited-edition CD box sets on August 20. The packages will include a digipak CD with CD-ROM extras, a 48cm X 48cm double-sided poster with previously unseen photos, and an interview booklet. Each is limited to 5,000 worldwide. Pre-orders are being accepted at this location.

Video footage of Emperor's June 1, 2007 performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City has been posted at YouTube:

"Curse You All Men!": Video
"Thus Spake The Nightspirit": Video
 
 
 
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Emperor Tickets To Go On Sale This Week
January 20, 2007
The first wave of tickets for the recently announced Emperor concerts will go on sale Monday, January 22 exclusively via Enter the Vault. Bring your browser to www.enterthevault.com for pricing and availability. General tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster and normal ticket agencies/box offices beginning February 1.

The Vault Fan Club was created to offer music fans special VIP ticketing packages and artist presales with lower service fees than traditional ticket outlets. The Vault works directly with your favorite bands and venues to provide unique experiences for you. Log on and you may find special tickets for meet-and-greets, offers for autographed merchandise, passes to enter venues early and more. And it will only be found in The Vault.

After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival and four capacity performances in America last summer, Emperor yesterday announced its return to the United States for three encore performances this spring. Guitarist Samoth noted, "The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turn out and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. All visas are in order and the band will appear in its full command." The dates are as follows:

May 30 - The Metro, Chicago, IL
Jun. 01 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY
Jun. 03 - Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
 
 
 
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Emperor Announce Return To U.S.
January 18, 2007
After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and four capacity performances in America last summer, Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor have announced their return to the United States for three encore appearances this spring.

"We have made a decision to return to the U.S. for a few additional shows," notes guitarist Samoth. "This time Chicago is also put on the map.

"The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turnout and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. So we feel a few more shows are due and this time, all visas are in order and the band will appear in its full command."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 30 - The Metro - Chicago, IL
Jun. 01 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
Jun. 03 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA

Ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1991
HOME TOWN: Telemark, Norway
MEMBERS:
Ihsahn- Main Lead Guitars/All Vocals/Synth
Samoth- Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Trym- Drums/Percussion

Eventually there comes a time when the hype about a band becomes superfluous, and their status alone speaks volumes. Such is the case with Emperor, the black metal gods hailing from Telemark, Norway. Emperor has become known as one of the originators of symphonic Black Metal that Norway is internationally renowned for. Often described as the greatest and most unique modern black metal act of all time, Emperor has sold well over 500,000 albums worldwide. Their cult album "In the Nightside Eclipse" has been ranked among albums like Slayer’s "Reign in Blood" and Venom’s "Black Metal" as a definitive masterpiece of our time.

Beginning life as a trio in the spring of '91 with Samoth (drums), Ihsahn (guitar/vocals) and Mortiis (bass), the band quickly recorded and circulated the now legendary "Wrath of the Tyrant" demo. It was this demo 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 1992, the band had recorded their half of the "Emperor / Enslaved" split CD which surfaced early the following year. Mortiis departed, and was later replaced by Tchort.

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

In autumn of '93 a series of headline-grabbing events took place, which lead to turbulence within the scene, causing Emperor to suffer some instability within the bands line-up. Despite these events, the entity of Emperor would come out even stronger in the end. Eventually a new permanent line-up was announced. Alver had replaced Tchort on bass, and Trym (ex. Enslaved) had replaced Faust on drums. 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 went back into the studio. First the "Reverence" EP announced their return to the fold, followed up in early '97 with what is without doubt one of the most ambitious and important black metal releases 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 was "Anthems.." featured in almost every "album of the year poll" across the globe, but actually won the album of the year in both Terrorizer (UK) and Metal Maniacs (USA).

Since the release of the genre defining "Anthems.... " album, things were active in the Emperor camp. Following a couple of tours in 1997, and appearances at Dynamo and Milwaukee Metalfest in1998, the band announced that bass player Alver would be leaving. As a result of this, Ihsahn handled all bass duties on the upcoming "IX Equilibrium" album.

“IX Equilibrium” was their single most breathtaking vision to date. Surpassing even the mighty "Anthems..." for its sheer scope of diversity, the album utilized elements from their traditional metal roots, operatic vocals and of course their trademark symphonic soundscape.

With the success of "IX Equilibrium", Emperor set out to conquer new territories as a touring band. They toured Europe as special guests for Morbid Angel, headlined the US on their 1999’s "Kings of Terror" tour, and also appeared at various festivals. During this period Emperor recorded the live album and full-length DVD, "Emperial Live Ceremony", which to this day stand as a strong testimony to Emperor’s mighty live performance.

In 2001 Emperor released what was to become their swansong, "Prometheus – the Discipline of Fire & Demise." An epic and progressive metal album that once and for all marked Emperor as one of the most adventurous and gifted Black Metal band of all times. With the release of "Prometheus…" the band also announced their departure as an active band. "The Emperor is dead, long live the Emperor" roamed the metal world. However, the legacy of Emperor was held high by their loyal fan base, and since the bands departure, their credibility has only grown stronger. In 2003, the "best-of" double album "Scattered Ashes – A Decade of Emperial Wrath" was released, and celebrated many of the fine moments of Emperor’s career.

In 2005, Emperor took the metal world by storm at a surprise show in Oslo when they announced that they were reforming for a few selected reunion shows. In 2006 Emperor will headline Norway’s Inferno Festival, Germany’s Wacken Open-air, and 4 exclusive shows in NYC and LA. Beyond that, the future, as ever, is a mystery waiting to be unravelled…