Andrew Epstein of AlanCross.ca conducted an interview with EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) on August 2 at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
EMPEROR will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its "In The Nightside Eclipse" album at next year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31-August 2, 2014 in Wacken, Germany. EMPEROR members Ihsahn and Samoth (real name: Tomas Haugen) will be joined by Bård Guldvik "Faust" Eithun on drums, and they will perform the CD in its entirety. There will be no new studio album or a worldwide tour — only a few exclusive festival appearances next year to mark the celebration of this landmark release.
The news of EMPEROR's appearance at Wacken Open Air was announced on at this year's edition of the festival at a press conference which was attended by Ihsahn and Samoth.
EMPEROR released its swansong, "Prometheus - The Discipline Of Fire And Demise", in September 2001. It was an epic and progressive metal album that once and for all marked EMPEROR as one of the most adventurous and gifted black metal bands of all times. In September 2005, EMPEROR surprised all with an unannounced appearance in Oslo. Following the three-song performance, the band announced additional concerts that would include a visit to America; marking the second trip to the States in the band's legendary career. Fans flocked to New York City and Los Angeles to witness the sold-out performances. In 2007, additional shows would see the band return to the U.S. for a repeat performance in New York City, a stop in Chicago, and what would be their final American performance in Los Angeles.