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Immortal - 79% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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As Mayhem have changed their style unrecognisably, Emperor have disbanded and Burzum’s Varg Vikernes remains imprisoned, the most prominent acts on the Norwegian black metal scene are Dimmu Borgir and Immortal. While the former prefer to indulge in keyboard-laced theatrics, Immortal continue to stick to the raw, old-school style with a degree of tenacity matched only by Da Read more

Enslaved - 77% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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By taking the 80s Viking themes pioneered by Sweden’s Bathory and combining them with a brutal black metal approach, Enslaved came to the forefront of the Norwegian Wotanist movement and earned much respect from the Scandinavian extreme metal scene in the process. Formed in 1991 from the ashes of Phobia by Grutle Kjellson (Kjetil Grutle, 24 December 1973, Haugesund, Nor Read more

Darkthrone - 71% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Along with Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal and Emperor, Darkthrone played a major role in the rise of Norwegian black metal in the 90s. The band was originally formed in 1986 as a death metal outfit by Ivar Enger (guitar), Dag Nilsen (bass) and Gylve Nagell (drums), under the name Black Death. The trio changed their name to Darkthrone in 1988 and, following the release of the demo Lan Read more

Arcturus - 63% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The first black metal supergroup, Norway’s Arcturus has seen a veritable who’s who of corpse-painted performers pass through its ranks, which together with its perennially mysterious status makes it difficult to know if the band is active or not. The band was formed in 1989 by Ulver / Borknagar vocalist Garm (Krisoffer Rygg), Mayhem drummer Hellhammer (b. Jan Axel Read more

Gorgoroth - 63% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A proficient Norwegian black metal band, Gorgoroth was formed in 1992 and took their name from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Lord Of The Rings. Although personnel changes have been frequent, the core of the band has always been the guitarist Infernus, with expert assistance from various players on the ever-overlapping black metal scene. Samoth of Emperor played bass on the ban Read more

Limbonic Art - 61% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Marduk - 58% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Swedish black metal does not come much blacker than Marduk, formed in 1990 by Abruptum guitarist Morgan Håkansson in the town of Norrkoping with the stated aim of producing ‘the most blasphemous music possible’. The initial line-up was Håkansson plus Devo Andersson (guitar), Rickard Kalm (bass), Joakim Grave (drums/vocals) and Andreas Axelsson (vocals), wh Read more

Dissection - 57% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
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1349 - 56% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Bathory - 53% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Swedish death/black-metal project was masterminded by the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Quothorn (Thomas Forsberg, 1966, d. 7 June 2004, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals/guitar). Formed in 1983, the band originally comprised Black Spade aka Quothorn, Kothaar (bass) and Vvornth (drums), but the latter two left after recording just a single track for a heavy metal compilation Read more

Carpathian Forest - 52% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 2000s
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Borknagar - 47% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Like Arcturus a Norwegian black metal supergroup, but unlike that unit in that the band is constantly active, Borknagar initially comprised Øystein Garnes Brun (14 April 1975, Norway; guitar, ex-Molested), Garm (b. Kristoffer Rygg, 18 June 1972, Norway; vocals, also Ulver and Arcturus), Ivar Bjørnson (guitar, also Enslaved), Grim (b. Erik Brødreskift, 23 Read more

Behemoth - 41% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This enduring Polish heavy metal band has been led from the outset by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nergal (Adam Michal Darski, 10 June 1977, Gdynia, Poland), the only constant in a fluid line-up. The teenage Nergal founded the band in 1991 and recorded a number of demo tapes that demonstrated his indebtedness to classic black metal. Baal Ravenlock (b. Adam Muraszko, 7 Read more

Dimmu Borgir - 41% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Probably the most overblown of the Norwegian black metal bands, Dimmu Borgir (‘black castle’ or ‘dark fortress’ in Icelandic) envelop their riffs and screams in layers of warm keyboards, adding classical instrumentation and ambient elements to create music that is a long way from the rawness of other contemporaries such as Immortal. The band has seen so many Read more

Keep Of Kalessin - 40% match to Emperor

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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