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Wrath of the Tyrant, Emperor’s only demo, shows two things, one; ever since the beginning, Emperor have aimed for an experimental, original sound whilst maintaining a black metal feel, and two; it shows how much Emperor have evolved in the last fifteen years and four releases.
Wrath of the Tyrant features the line-up that Emperor is known for; Samoth, Ihsahn, Mortiis and Faust. They may not have lasted long as a group and even as teens, they produced one of the greatest black metal releases of the second wave. It’s such a shame that Wrath of the Tyrant suffers from poor production. Most of the instruments seem wrongly placed in the mix, the drum kit, by far, suffers from bad production. The symbols are almost identical to a bunch of fuzz which, over powers the guitars and bass. The kick is very low in the mix, which is real annoying, since it sounds like the drums don flow. The bass, like the symbols represents a thick fuzzy sound which drones throughout the entire demo, bringing the quality down a fair large amount.
As mentioned before, it’s obvious Emperor were aiming for an original sound since the beginning, you can hear this through Ihsahn’s vocals; a series of grunts, growls and roars. Oh, and the lyrics are there somewhere aswell ;-). Every song on this album you can hear the skill of Ihsahn’s vocals, there isn’t one song where Ihsahn doesn’t give it his absolute best. As far as the other musician’s talents go, they do really well, especially Samoth, which isn’t all that common for a black metal drummer, defiantly around the time this demo was released.
Right from the beginning, with this demo, it was obvious Emperor had a real talent; it’s just to bad it was completely destroyed with bad production. If you are already a fan of Emperor of black metal in general, then go ahead and buy this, I recommend it to you. If you find yourself just getting into black metal, or not into black metal so much, I don’t recommend this demo to you, it’s a pretty intense listen.