In 2013, Emperor announced their reformation with their headline appearance for Wacken 2014 (soon after they added Hellfest and Bloodstock to their festival headlines as well) and the metal community ended up selling out the festival within days. So we’ve decided to join in and show our excitement with a BIG range of Emperor merch!
Emperor was one of the biggest bands to come out of the first-wave of black metal with their contemporaries Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Satyricon and Immortal. Each band had their own distinguishable trait and Emperor’s was their clear appreciation for progressive rock/metal thanks to the technical abilities of the band, especially seen with vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn and his solo project. They also had keyboards which were a staple to the band’s symphonic sound.
The history of Emperor has been a long and dark one with its affiliations to church burnings and the controversy surrounding the ‘Black Metal Circle’; which has undoubtedly just as much helped the band publicity-wise as much as it has complicated it. The backstory aside, Emperor were undeniably crucial to the rise and popularisation of black metal through their music: a metal classic born through their track I Am The Black Wizards.
Although there are only four studio albums to their name, Emperor managed to lay down its legacy with their debut “In The Nightside Eclipse” and the follow-up “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk”; which are the undisputable fan favourites in the black metal community. So in celebration with the great news of their reunion, we’re also celebrating the 20th anniversary of “In The Nightside Eclipse”!