Legendary Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR are confirmed for next year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, taking place June 4th - 7th in Solvesborg, Sweden.
Organizers state: "Few can boast a reputation in black metal like Norway’s Emperor. The band, centered around frontman Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and guitarist Samoth (Tomas Haugen), were pioneers in grandiose, keyboard-laden black metal. This without alienating underground purists in the process. The debut, In The NIghtside Eclipse (1994) became one of the seminal black metal releases and will be performed in it’s entirety at SRF. The second album, Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, saw the band break through in a wider sense, with the album being named "Album Of The Year" in several metal magazines, and a video for the single 'The Loss And Curse Of Reverence' being played on MTV. In 2001, after merely four studio albums, Emperor folded. This obviously only added to the legend. For a while, in the mid-00s, the band did some live performances internationally, to then go their separate ways once more. Now these days are finally here again. In 2014, Emperor will return to a few select concert stages. Including Sweden Rock Festival as an exclusive show for Scandinavia."
Other acts on the bill for Sweden Rock Festival 2014 include: PHENOMENA, W.A.S.P., TRANSATLANTIC, SODOM and MONSTER MAGNET.
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As previously reported, Emperor will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album, In The Nightside Eclipse, at next year's Wacken Open Air. Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and Samoth (Tomas Haugen) will be joined by Faust on drums, and they will perform the album 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 album."
AMON AMARTH, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AVANTASIA, BEHEMOTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ICED EARTH, KING DIAMOND, KREATOR, PRONG, and SCHANDMAUL are also among the first batch of acts confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2014.
Organizers state: "The biggest metal party of the year is still in full swing and you made the festival an unbelievable event. We're looking forward to celebrating the last hours of W:O:A 2013 with you! And already we announce the first package of stunning mega acts for next year! In 2014 we will celebrate 25 years of Wacken Open Air – 25 years of metal madness – together with you!
The biggest metal party of the world is what it is because of you – the fans! And we will again present a high-class and varied line-up with great Wacken debutants, bands which haven’t played for a long time and also some of the beloved Wacken classics."
Pre-sale and ticket package information can be found here
Check out a first teaser video below: