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Wrath of the Tyrant

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Album Review

Often credited as an instrumental force in shaping Emperor's sound, original bassist Mortiis had very little opportunity to record with the group before fleeing Norway and beginning a solo career. Originally released as an EP in 1992, with subsequent reissues adding four tracks recorded for the Hordanes Land split EP, Wrath of the Tyrant includes nearly everything Mortiis recorded with the band. It's a fascinating opportunity to trace the development of one of the most influential underground metal bands of the '90s.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Notodden, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

When attention first focused on Norway's almost cartoonishly violent black metal scene in the mid-'90s, Mayhem were dubbed its godfathers, but most of the critical accolades were bestowed upon Emperor, whose musical innovations have had more impact on the genre than any other band. Norwegian black metal was rife with anti-Christian sentiment, but Emperor found novel ways of expressing it in their music; while their music could be furious and violent, the group was also influenced by the darkly majestic...
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