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Emperor - Emperor MLP

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From the opening riff of "I am the Black Wizards," one immediately knows they are in for something good with this EP. This, my friends, is history. Although the sound here is starkly different from what they would eventually become, this is Emperor in their rawest form. Two of the songs would even be re-recorded for In the Nightside Eclipse.

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From the opening riff of "I am the Black Wizards," one immediately knows they are in for something good with this EP. This, my friends, is history.

Although the sound here is starkly different from what they would eventually become, this is Emperor in their rawest form. Two of the songs would even be re-recorded for In the Nightside Eclipse, their follow-up debut full-length (the other two are re-recordings from their Wrath of the Tyrant debut). Gone are the copious, overbearing synth lines, instead replaced with more subtle, supportive keyboards that add texture to the buzzsaw sound of the guitars. There are amazing, mournful breakdowns scattered around, including a monumental one which ends off "I am the Black Wizards" very nicely. Ihsan's vocals sound familiar, but different from the what they would eventually come to be. Overall this creates a very dark, cold, and bleak atmosphere. I suppose the fact that at this point the lyrics were more based upon occultism, Satanism, evil, darkness, and the like, helps this to a degree. Although, these days, this lyrical content is not exactly original, it is with the unique sound they developed early in their career that allows them to be distinguished from their founding contemporaries.