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Published on Jun 23, 2011
Mightiest am I, But I am not alone in this cosmos of mine. For the black hills consists of black souls, Souls that already dies one thousand deaths. Behind the stone walls (of centuries) they breed their black art. Boiling their spells in cauldrons of black gold.
Far up in the mountains, Where the rain fall not far, Yet the Sun cannot reach. The wizards, my servants,
Summon the souls of macrocosm. No age will escape my wrath. I travel through time and I return to the future. I gather wisdom now lost. I visit again the eternally ancient caves, Before a mighty Emperor thereupon came. Watching the mortals "discovering" my chronicles, guarded By the old demons, even unknown to me.
Once destroyed their souls are being summoned To my timeless prison of hate. It is delightful to feast upon the screaming souls That were destroyed in my future.
How many wizards that serve me with evil, I know not. My empires has no limits.
From the never ending mountains black, to the bottomless lakes. I am the ruler and has been for eternities long. I am them.
(I am them.) (I am them.)
From the never ending mountains black, to the bottomless lakes. I am the ruler and has been for eternities long. My wizards are many, but their essence is mine. Forever they are in the hills in their stone homes of grief. Because I am the spirit of their existence. I am them.
I am them. I am them.
Emperor have sold over 500,000 albums worldwide over the course of their career.
Emperor were one of the bands somewhat involved in the church burnings during the mid 1990s. Samoth was jailed 16 months for taking part in church burnings with Varg Vikernes (Burzum), along with other members of the Norwegian black metal scene. Drummer Faust was jailed for church burning and for the stabbing and murder of a homosexual man in 1992 (he was never suspected for it until 2 years later when he was arrested in 1994).
The group disbanded in 2001 because they felt they had lived up to everything they wanted to with Emperor. They have received "legendary" status, toured worldwide, have a large catalog of releases, and they didn't want to be known as another group that "never knows when to quit making music." The band reunited to play at Scream Magazine's anniversary festival and to headline the 2006 editions of Norway's Inferno Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air. In an interview with UK Magazine Terrorizer, Ihsahn hinted at the possibility of another Emperor album, but stated that Emperor is now a side project.