Wrath of the Tyrant

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Wrath of the Tyrant
Emperor - Wrath of the Tyrant cover.jpg
Demo album by Emperor
Released July 1992
Recorded May 1992
Genre Black metal
Length 32:12
Label Wild Rag
Producer Emperor
Emperor chronology
Wrath of the Tyrant
Alternate cover
Century Black version
Century Black version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Wrath of the Tyrant is the first demo album by the Norwegian black metal band Emperor. It was recorded in May 1992 and self-released by the band shortly after. Compared to Emperor's later work, the style of the album is much closer to death metal.


Wrath of the Tyrant was originally distributed by the band as a demo shortly after it was recorded. This original demotape had a picture of a chimera on the cover. In 1994 it was re-released through Wild Rag Records with two bonus tracks and different artwork. Tchort, who didn't join the band until 1993, is the person who appears on this cover.[2] In 1998, it was re-mastered and released with the tracks from the Emperor EP. There are two versions of this re-release; the Candlelight Records version has the cover of the Emperor EP and features video footage of live performances from the band, while the Century Black version has a different cover and lacks the video footage.

Most of the songs on Wrath of the Tyrant were later re-recorded by the band. "Wrath of the Tyrant" and "Night of the Graveless Souls" were re-recorded in December 1992 for the Emperor EP. "Ancient Queen", "Witches Sabbath" and "Lord of the Storms" were re-recorded during the same session and released on As the Shadows Rise. "My Empire's Doom" was re-recorded and renamed "Beyond the Great Vast Forest" on the band's debut album, In the Nightside Eclipse. "Moon over Kara-Shehr" was re-recorded with Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg on drums and released on the compilation Nordic Metal - A Tribute to Euronymous in 1995.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mortiis; all music composed by Samot and Ygg.

No. Title Length
1. "Introduction" 2:20
2. "Ancient Queen" 3:17
3. "My Empire's Doom" 4:34
4. "Forgotten Centuries" 2:51
5. "Night of the Graveless Souls" 2:56
6. "Moon over Kara-Shehr" 4:25
7. "Witches Sabbath" 5:41
8. "Lord of the Storms" 2:10
9. "Wrath of the Tyrant" 3:58
Total length: 32:12

1998 edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I am the Black Wizards" 6:16
2. "Wrath of the Tyrant" 4:14
3. "Night of the Graveless Souls" 3:10
4. "Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times" 6:20
Wrath of the Tyrant
No. Title Length
5. "Introduction" 2:20
6. "Ancient Queen" 3:17
7. "My Empire's Doom" 4:34
8. "Forgotten Centuries" 2:51
9. "Night of the Graveless Souls" 2:56
10. "Moon over Kara-Shehr" 4:25
11. "Witches Sabbath" 5:41
12. "Lord of the Storms" 2:10
13. "Wrath of the Tyrant" 3:58



  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Wrath of the Tyrant [Century Media] – Emperor : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "tchort_wrathcover.jpg". emperorhorde.com (JPEG image). Retrieved 28 September 2012.