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Emperor - Emperial Live Ceremony (7,5/10) - Norway - 2000

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
Playing time: 48:38
Band homepage: Emperor


  1. Curse You All Men
  2. Thus Spake The Nightspirit
  3. I Am The Black Wizards
  4. An Elegy Of Icaros
  5. With Strength I Burn
  6. Sworn
  7. Night Of The Graveless Souls
  8. Inno A Satana
  9. Ye Entrancemperium
Emperor - Emperial Live Ceremony
In terms of sound and playing technique perfect, it offers a journey through their Black Metallic works so far, where the new album "IX Equilibrium" is heavily under-represented, in my opinion. EMPEROR-fans have to get this one, because it features a slightly boring, but still very amusing video-track of "I Am The Black Wizards", where mainly the master himself is walking across the stage, wearing a "nice" white EMPEROR-longsleeve. Allegedly there should also be a screen-saver for Mac and PC on it, but the Mac-saver didn't work (I didn't try too hard, too).

What leaves a bitter taste is the careless compilation of the tracks (just listen to the song-enfings), the absolutely "charismatic" introductions and the non-existent live-atmosphere. Live-albums live off the non-perfection and the introductions of the frontman or the frontmen. I know that Black Metal-purists will cry out now, but have you heard "Alive" by KISS? THAT is live-atmosphere.

The obligatory conclusion is: For EMPEROR-fans (and believe it or not, this includes me) essential, all others should check it out first.

Manuel Inhester

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