Emperor

Mortiis: From Black Metal to Dungeon Synth and Beyond

October 16, 2017 Neill Jameson

In perhaps his most in-depth interview ever, Mortiis dives deep into his past as the unwitting progenitor of dungeon synth.

Emperor – ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ 20th Anniversary Hall Of Fame Edition Vinyl Now Available

April 26, 2017 Vince Bellino

Emperor‘s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is a black metal classic, further cemented by its induction into Decibel‘s Hall of Fame. Now you can own the 20th anniversary Hall of Fame edition album on vinyl. 

Track Premiere: Mortiis – ‘The Great Leap (Godflesh Remix)’

February 27, 2017 Vince Bellino

Industrial outfits Mortiis and Godflesh collide on this remixed track from Mortiis’ 2016 release, The Great Deceiver. 

Hall of Fame Countdown: Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse

October 14, 2016 J. Andrew Zalucky

Dive into the Infinity of Thoughts.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

October 13, 2016 Greg Pratt

Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is one of black metal’s finest moments; join us as we revisit the songs in detail and attempt to rank them in order from worst to best.

Top 5 Old-School Underground Metal Fliers

July 25, 2016 Chris Dick

From England to Florida, from Tokyo to Oslo, from Australia to San Francisco, postal workers were the bandwidth by which death metal, black metal, doom metal, and every other underground form of metal communicated. Open a letter and out poured legion! Here’s a tribute to Decibel‘s fave old-school fliers.

Q&A with ex-Emperor/The Wretched End main man Samoth

July 11, 2016 Chris Dick

We sit down with the Wretched End‘s Samoth to discuss In These Woods, From These Mountains and why it’s different from its applauded predecessors.

Driving in Nails with the July 2016 Decibel Meter

June 17, 2016 Decibel Magazine

f.y.e. is happy to assist in your hearing lost, and we’re happy to help. 

Emperor – “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk”

June 6, 2016 Chris Dick

The grandiose, striking and remarkable rush forth mere minutes into Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’s prologue “Alsvartr (the Oath).” Nightmarish berceuses haunt mercilessly from the darkest corners of imagination, while frontman Ihsahn poetically invokes the illustrious nightspirit, as if there’s ordinary business in need of attending on the edge of town.

Can Norway’s Black Metal Pioneers Escape their Extreme Roots?

June 1, 2016 Sean Frasier

Emperor‘s Ihsahn, Ulver‘s Garm and Darkthrone’s Fenriz venture beyond the genre’s confines.

 

Behold, the Monolith: Blood Music’s J Discusses His Massive Emperor Box Set

March 17, 2016 Matt Solis

When it comes to heavy metal collectibles, it doesn’t get much bigger than Blood Music’s Emperor: The Complete Works box set. We caught up with label mastermind J to talk about the logistics of taking this monolith from concept to reality.

Ihsahn (Emperor) interviewed

July 28, 2014 Chris Dick

** Hall of Famers Emperor are celebrating the 20th anniversary of black metal classic, In the Nightside Eclipse. As part of our journalistic duties, we couldn’t pass up a chance to talk to icon/good guy Ihsahn about two decades of black fucking metal and why this time Emperor are taking the stage with them to…

What Happened To Charmand Grimloch?

January 6, 2014 Chris Dick

Charmand Grimloch (aka Joachim Rygg) was, at one time, black metal’s preeminent keyboard player. His stints with Emperor as a session player propelled him to heights unknown. Well, his black metal solo project Tartaros produced notoriety, but nothing on the scale of what he accomplished by coat tailing Ihsahn and the boys. After Tartaros went…

Dayal Patterson, author of Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult give us his Top 10 BM albums

November 11, 2013 Jonathan Horsley

We’re all listed out after totalling up the scores for the albums of the year and putting together our Top 100 Black Metal Albums of All Time special issue. But author Dayal Patterson, a man in league with unfathomable evil, kindly dipped into his wellspring of arcane ancient darkness to muster the energy to give…

5 Corporate Logos Gone Underground Metal By Christophe Szpajdel

November 11, 2013 Chris Dick

If the name Christophe Szpajdel doesn’t ring a bell you probably don’t own CDs or LPs (or, you’re new to underground metal; hey, we all start somewhere). ‘Tis the conundrum of being the product of a digital age. Liner notes, credits, lyrics, etc. often get pushed to some dark corner of a binary folder (or…

INTERVIEW: Author Dayal Patterson on Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult

May 13, 2013 Jonathan Horsley

A couple of weeks ago we told you that UK writer Dayal Patterson had finished off a 600-page history of black metal, Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, a book that aimed to peel the corpsepaint off black metal’s sensationalist public image and look at how it started and how it got to where it…

BLACK METAL: EVOLUTION OF THE CULT AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

April 29, 2013 Jonathan Horsley

Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is a 600-page book by UK author Dayal Patterson that delves deep into the history and development of black metal as an art form and a culture. It is released on November 13th, but is now available to pre-order from Amazon at a discounted price. Published via Feral House,…

INTERVIEW: Ihsahn on new album “Eremita”

May 25, 2012 Jonathan Horsley

Once Second Wave titans Emperor were done scorching the earth with black metal, Ihsahn wasn’t slow in scaling the genre’s perimeter fence, and high-tailing it in search of a fresh sound that rested far from the genre’s weirdly orthodox iconoclasm. Progressive metal was a neat fit, a suitably abstract direction to define his sound as…

EXCLUSIVE: Samoth (The Wretched End/ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon) celebrates Candlelight USA’s decennial

February 4, 2011 Chris Dick

England’s Candlelight Records has without doubt made an impact on the genre of extreme metal.  The home to Emperor’s amazing legacy and the early trilogy of recordings from Opeth, the label has introduced the world to some of metal’s most unique and successful artists. In 2001, the label launched an American division that has since…

The Wretched End (ex-Emperor) streaming MP3

November 18, 2010 Chris Dick

So, two Norwegians — ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon guitarist Samoth and Mindgrinder/ex-Scum guitarist Cosmo — and one Swede — ex-Dark Funeral/ex-Aeon drummer Nils Fjellström — team up to form The Wretched End. Now, typically Swedes despise the Norwegians for one reason or another (usually because the Norwegian Kronor has more purchasing power than the Swedish Kronor and the…

Emperor – “In the Nightside Eclipse”

December 19, 2005 Decibel Magazine

In the Norwegian summer of 1993, the second wave of black metal was still in its ultra-violent infancy, and only a handful of bands were actively exploring the parameters of what was then an obscure and distinctly Scandinavian art form.