Candlelight Records has set a January 23 North American release date for EMPEROR's "Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath" tab book. This 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and exclusive transcriptions by vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn includes original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics contained on the band's 2003 compilation of the same name. The limited-edition book additionally includes a value-added play-along CD.
Experienced as well new guitarists will appreciate the special double tab format of "Scattered Ashes", which includes transcriptions for both guitars (separating out parts played by Ihsahn and Samoth) plus bass guitar tabs and full lyrics. "In my experience as a guitar teacher I've come across a lot of transcribed metal material," says Ihsahn. "However, when looking for material covering the more extreme forms of metal I found there were definite shortcomings and hence came the idea to do a tab book on EMPEROR. As tab books were such an important part of my early years as a guitar player, I hope this book too may be helpful and inspiring to guitarists with a passion for extreme music."
Respected by musicians, fans and critics alike, EMPEROR recorded its final album, "Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise", in 2001. Guitarist Samoth and drummer Trym continued together in ZYKLON (latest album "Disintegrate") while Ihsahn concentrated on his now defuct band project PECCATUM and his recently released solo record ("The Adversary"). Candlelight reissued each of EMPEROR's four genre-defining albums — "Wrath of the Tyrants", "In the Nightside Eclipse", "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" and "IX Equilibrium" — in 2004. Each features additional bonus footage and material previously unavailable on both European and U.S.-licensed versions.