Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Emperor, one of the most influential black metal bands in all of music history, made even more history this past weekend.
The band performed their second record, ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’, in its entirety at the Wacken Open Air 2017 music festival on August 4th. The clip below features Emperor performing their iconic and highly revered second record in full.
The performance setlist was as follows:
“Thus Spake the Nightspirit”
“Ensorcelled by Khaos”
“The Loss and Curse of Reverence”
“The Acclamation of Bonds”
“With Strength I Burn”
“Curse You All Men!”
“I Am the Black Wizards”
“Inno a Satana”
Emperor was founded in Norway, circa 1991 by Ihsahn and Samoth. They later disbanded in 2001, following the release of their fourth album, ‘Prometheus – The Discipline of Fire & Demise‘. Ihsahn started a solo career under his own name, while Samoth and Trym Torson concentrated on their project, Zyklon.
The band reunited periodically between 2005 – 2014. In late 2016, it was announced that Emperor would reunite again for a special set of performances to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second studio album, ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk‘.
This legendary album cemented Emperor’s reputation as one of the most prominent flag bearers of black metal and is still recognized as one of the most influential releases in this genre.