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
(1992)
Emperor
(1993)
Alternate cover
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.

Releases[edit]

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 re-named "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]

Emperor
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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  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.