So if the headline of this post didn’t make this clear enough, black metal legends Emperor have decided to reunite, according to Terrorizer, and are confirmed to headline the Wacken Open Air festival in 2014. Black metal fans rejoice, scream and start a circle pit wherever you are, right now, Emperor is back!
Wacken is pretty much the top dog when it comes to metal festivals so it’s obviously quite the big deal to headline this festival. Hopefully, and probably, this is not going to be a one off thing. It’d be nice to see Emperor playing festivals all over Europe as well. It’d be even nicer to see Emperor hop across the Atlantic and play some shows in the U.S. of A. The Maryland Death Fest, where Ihsahn played a little ago.
Even cooler though would be a new Emperor release. It’s been 12 years since 2001’s “Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise” and a lot has changed in the realm of symphonic metal. It might be time, like Gorguts with tech death and Carcass with their melodic death/grind metal did this year, to attempt to reclaim the throne they helped to build. Ihsahn has really been killing it with the solo releases lately and maybe it’s time he bring some of that over to the Emperor side of things. But not to get your hopes up for nothing, Emperor did reunite shortly in 2007 for some shows, and there certainly was no album then, so I guess who knows. Still this is definitely nothing to complain about.