EMPEROR To Return To America

After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and four capacity performances in America last summer, Norwegian black metal pioneers EMPEROR have announced their return to the United States for three encore appearances this spring.

"We have made a decision to return to the U.S. for a few additional shows," notes guitarist Samoth. "This time Chicago is also put on the map.

"The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turnout and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. So we feel a few more shows are due and this time, all visas are in order and the band will appear in its full command."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 30 - The Metro - Chicago, IL
Jun. 01 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
Jun. 03 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA

Ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly.

EMPEROR's guitar tabulature book, "Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath", will be released officially in the U.S. Tuesday, January 23. The limited edition 132-page oversized book (with bonus CD) featuring foreword and transcriptions by vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn contains original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics featured on the band's 2003 two-CD compilation of the same name; a collection of previously unavailable recordings, live and studio/demo outtakes. The book is available via Candlelight's official webstores (in the U.S.).

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