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Original members of the bizarre Norwegian Satanic club known as the Black Metal Circle, led by Euronymous of Mayhem, Emperor emerged as the most musically adventurous of the bands spearheading the black metal revival of the early 90s. The band was formed in 1991, in the small Norwegian town of Notodden, by Ihsahn (Vegard Tveiten, Notodden, Norway; vocals, guitar, keyboards), Mortiis (b. Håvard Ellefsen, 25 July 1975, Skien, Norway; bass) and Samoth (b. Tomas Haugen, 9 June 1974, Norway; drums). This line-up recorded the Wrath Of The Tyrant demo, following which drummer Faust (b. Bard G. Eithun) was recruited to allow Samoth to switch to guitar. This quartet released 1993s split EP with Scandinavian pagan heavy metal band Enslaved, before Mortiis left in mysterious circumstances, later surfacing in Sweden as a solo artist.
New bass player Tchort was brought in to help record Emperors acclaimed debut album, In The Nightside...