How Chester Bennington Gave A Generation Exactly What It Needed

Millions of music fans worldwide continue to mourn the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, whose funeral was held yesterday.

Bennington burst onto the music scene back in 2000, when Linkin Park became an overnight sensation with their outstanding debut album, Hybrid Theory. And since then, he inspired a generation by sharing his own struggles with mental health through his brutally honest lyrics and candid interviews.

Born in Arizona, 1976, Bennington was sexually abused and bullied for much of his childhood, and he battled substance abuse throughout his adult life. It was Bennington’s bravery to speak and to sing about his feelings of depression that won him a loyal following of fans who found acceptance and hope in his lyrics.

Hits from the first album, such as “Papercut”, “One Step Closer” and “Crawling” spoke to fans who felt excluded by mainstream pop culture and helped them cope with their emotions.

For so many listeners, Bennington’s lyrics provided a much-needed source of solace and soothing and gave them a non-violent outlet for their angst. A generation of teenagers were reassured through Linkin Park’s music that they weren’t alone. The band’s massive popularity is a testament to their positive impact on young people, as they took listeners from the solitude of their bedrooms to packed out arenas filled with fans who shared their pain.

Unlike traditional metal music, which almost always involves a power-house lead vocalist screaming their anger, Bennington sang clearly and often softly. You can hear his pain so clearly through each album as he melodically narrated his struggles with mental health against a backdrop of heavy metal riffs and rapping from Mike Shinoda.

It struck a chord with people the world over who were battling conflicting emotions that ranged from quiet sadness to roaring defiance, and made them feel that, in a world that often seemed overwhelming, their voices were being heard and understood. Bennington was speaking to them and for them.

In their second album, Meteora, Bennington’s voice and insecurities came across even stronger. And in hit song ‘Numb’, Bennington once again summed up the feelings of millions of marginalised music-lovers with the line, “All I want to do is become more like me and be less like you”.

But Linkin Park weren’t content to just remain spokespeople for teen angst. As their fans grew up, so the band too changed and developed and matured, trying new things and exploring different genres. They worked with Jay-Z for the Collision Course EP and more recently collaborated with Stormzy.

For their third album, Minutes to Midnight, the band teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin. Stepping away from their trademark aggressive sound, Linkin Park began to appeal to a broader, more mature audience.

And the band continued to explore different musical genres in their fourth album, A Thousand Suns, by fusing their iconic sound with electronic beats. Their fifth album, Living Things, combines musical elements from all of their previous records, while the band’s sixth album, The Hunting Party, signalled the band’s welcome return to a heavier rock sound.

Their seventh album, One More Light, was released just a couple of months ago and was a much more melodic album. Listening to it retrospectively, it now sounds like Bennington’s goodbye. In “One More Light”, Bennington softly sings, “Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars”, and it feels pre-emptive.

Beyond Linkin Park, Bennington also formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005 and worked on material with Stone Temple Pilots. He also made cameo appearances in several films, including Crank, Crank: High Voltage and Saw 3D.

Linkin Park supported several charities over the years, including Make-A-Wish and the United Nations Foundation. They also set up the fund Music for Relief, and played a range of concerts to raise money for victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami.

Throughout his career, Chester Bennington’s inner demons were in many respects another member of Linkin Park. Ever-present through every song lyric and primal scream, they spoke to listeners the world over who were struggling with their own internal conflicts.

In an official statement following Bennington’s death, his bandmates said, “It was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

To his fans, Bennington not only represented a bygone era of baggy jeans and bike chains, but a symbol of honesty, strength and hope. He will be missed the world over.

“Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars…well I do.”


Written by Catherine Hiley.

Movies, TV

The 10 Most Exciting Announcements from D23 and San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Well, it’s been a pretty big couple of weeks for film fans, with Disney’s D23 Expo and the San Diego Comic-Con showing us what we can expect from our favourite franchises over the next few years.

And, as expected, Disney, LucasFilm, Marvel and Pixar made a lot of big announcements, from new film projects and casting reveals to teaser trailers and theme park plans.

Here’s a round-up of the 10 most exciting things we saw from this year’s D23 Expo and ComicCon.


Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War logoOf all the things we saw from D23 and ComicCon, this could be the one we’re most excited about.

Marvel fans were treated to a 4-minute teaser from the much-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War at the end of the D23 Expo.

The clip began with the Guardians of the Galaxy running into Thor against a backdrop of cosmic carnage. This was followed by snippets of what appeared to be an epic battle between the Avengers and Thanos.

Other important details to note? It looks like Captain America now has a beard and Black Widow has gone blonde.

Can’t wait for Avengers: Infinity War? Show your support for the team by checking out our Avengers merchandise as well as the individual ranges for Captain America, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man. Did we forget anybody?


Star Wars: The Last Jedi


A Porg. ©Disney

Director Rian Johnson took the stage at D23 along with Star Wars cast members Daisy Ridley, Benicio Del Toro, Gwendoline Christie and Laura Dern to talk about the next instalment in the saga.

And although we didn’t get any new plot details, they did show a behind-the-scenes featurette that hinted at what may be in store, including a terrifying wolf-like creature and an adorable critter apparently known as a Porg. N’aww!

The footage ended with a clip of the late Carrie Fisher, who spoke movingly about what it meant to her to work on The Last Jedi. “(This film) is about family,” she said. “That’s what so powerful about it.”



Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2


The full gamut of Disney princesses will be characters in the second Wreck-It Ralph. © Disney

We also got loads more details about the upcoming sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the title character and his best friend, Vanellope, escape the arcade and enter the Internet to find a fix for the Sugar Rush game.

During their quest, they meet a few new characters, as well as familiar faces from LucasFilm and Marvel along with all of the Disney princesses. Yup, that’s right. All of them. And with many of the original actresses reprising their roles, we really can’t wait to see it.

Want to dress like a Disney princess? Then check out our full range of Disney merchandise, including stunning replica dresses from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and more!


Live-action Aladdin

These guys will soon be getting a live-action makeover. © Disney

Following the success of Beauty and the Beast, Disney are following up with a live-action, Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin remake. And at D23, it was announced that Mena Massoud has been cast as the title role, while Naomi Scott has been chosen to play Jasmine.

Will Smith has been chosen to take on the iconic role of the Genie, which was of course played by the late Robin Williams in the original animated movie.

What would you ask the Genie for? How about an Aladdin’s Cave of Aladdin merchandise?


Kingdom Hearts 3

The Toy Story gang make their “Kingdom Hearts” debut in the franchise’s third instalment. © Disney

D23 also gave us a sneak peek at the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. And from what we could tell, it will definitely be worth the wait.

Set for release sometime in 2018, the third major instalment in the Final Fantasy/Disney crossover will see Sora and pals Donald and Goofy team up with Toy Story favourites Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

With the long-awaited third instalment just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to grab some Kingdom Hearts merchandise!


Stranger Things Season 2

There’s something strange in the neighbourhood AGAIN in “Stranger Things” S2…© Netflix

The first series of Stranger Things was a smash, so expectations for the second are huge. Fortunately, the trailer dropped by Netflix during SDCC hit the spot and hinted at a host of new twists and turns.

Enter the Upside Down world of our Stranger Things merchandise, featuring Funko Pop! figures of all of your favourite characters!


Mary Poppins Returns

We literally could not be more excited about next year’s sequel to the 1964 classic. And judging by the exclusive clip shown at D23, it promises to be all we’ve hoped for and more.

The teaser showed Emily Blunt as the title character flying in with her umbrella. We also saw kite-flying, character shots and Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table. It really does look practically perfect in the most delightful way.


Star Wars Land – coming to Walt Disney World

Concept art for the “Galaxy’s Edge” theme park. © Disney

It’s no secret that a new Star Wars-themed land is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. But, we found out much more about it at D23.

The new area is going to be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and will be set on a remote planet during the war between the First Order and the Resistance. Attractions will include a trip in the Millennium Falcon and a ride that will put you right at the centre of a huge battle between the two sides.

Galaxy’s Edge is said to be a “fully immersive” experience, and apparently, the decisions you make there will affect you elsewhere in the park.

And as if this wasn’t cool enough, Disney also announced plans for a Star Wars hotel, where each guest will apparently experience a completely unique story during their stay. You’ll get to dress up in Star Wars clothing and explore the alien-filled hotel, which will look like a starship. And when you look out the window? Instead of seeing Florida sunshine, you’ll see outer-space.

Planning a visit to Galaxy’s Edge? You’ll need to stock up on Star Wars merchandise!


<h2Captain Marvel

Guys, it’s happening!!!! #captainmarvel #sdcc2017

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Although Captain Marvel hasn’t even begun filming yet, we did manage to get a couple of very important details from SDCC – including our first look at Brie Larson as the titular Captain in costume (above).

Director Kevin Feige confirmed that the film will be set in the 1990s. Samuel L Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury, although the film is set before he lost his eye – so we’ll get to see Fury sans eyepatch.


Doctor Who Christmas Special

First and Twelfth Doctors

Twelve meets One before becoming Thirteen in the “Doctor Who” Christmas special, which we now know is titled “Twice Upon A Time”. © BBC

Emotions were high as Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Michelle Gomez and Pearl Mackie manned the stage for their final SDCC panel as the current torch-bearers for Doctor Who.

They treated us to our first trailer for the upcoming Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, which will see David Bradley play the original Doctor in place of the late William Hartnell – and the physical and vocal resemblance is uncanny.

Say goodbye to Doctor Twelve with something from our range of Doctor Who merchandise!


It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for big announcements and entertainment expos. The next to come up is London Film & Comic Con, where you can meet the EMP crew! Come check out the EMP stall where we’ll be selling merch and giving away awesome prizes and freebies!


Written by Catherine Hiley.


What Have Been the Best Rock Performances of Summer 2017 So Far?

Let’s be honest, the last few UK summers have been somewhat lacking in iconic rock performances. But, like buses, you wait ages for one great gig, then several come along at once, and this summer we’ve been so thoroughly spoilt for live music that it may even make up for the last few years of Adele, Kanye West and *shudders* Take That.

But while the likes of Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and Coldplay have all given memorable performances, three bands I was lucky enough to see this summer have stood head and shoulders above the rest. Who? Read on to find out…


‪Two nights were better than one…‬ ‪Thank you London!‬ ‪#GnFnR #NotInThisLifetime Tour 2017‬

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Guns N’ Roses – London Stadium – June 16 & 17

No one ever really thought this would happen, least of all the band themselves. When he was asked in 2012, frontman Axl Rose said “not in this lifetime”.

Not to be cynical, but if you can sell a million tickets in under a minute, each one costing a minimum of £120, it’s not so hard to see why Axl and his former bandmates managed to put their differences aside in the name of rock n’ roll and a truckload of cash.

But, scepticism aside, I was as excited as anyone about the ironically-named Not in this Lifetime… tour. Still, there was an element of doubt. What if they don’t have what it takes anymore? What if they show up late or storm off after 20 minutes? Or what if Axl just doesn’t turn up at all?

The eye-watering ticket prices and average age of the audience initially give the crowd a bit of an Oldchella vibe. The care-free Guns fans of the 90s have now got grown-up jobs, grey hairs and mortgages. I overhear one guy near me bragging that he’d bought his pristine GNR t-shirt from Next. Yup, that’s right: Next. The home of the middle-aged and the middle-class. This is hardly the “Paradise City” I’d been hoping for.

To be fair, I’d been pretty annoyed that security had banned me from taking my M&S picnic into the stadium. I mean really, what kind of damage and I going to do with a packet of pastries and a bag of Percy Pigs? Still, let’s face it, I’m probably no more hardcore than all the Waitrose regulars around me.

Luckily, none of this matters come showtime. The second Axl storms on stage to deafening applause, we’re all reckless teenagers again. We jump, we sing, we scream. Thousands of carpal tunnel hands form devil horns in the sky as we forget that most of us type for a living.

Slash looks as effortlessly cool as ever. Axl is older, chubbier and bang on time. Is it even him? He starts to sing and I’m convinced. His voice is just as distinctive and powerful as it was on Appetite for Destruction 30 years ago.

Rather than toying with the crowd, they go straight for their big hits. By the time “Welcome to the Jungle” comes on four songs in, I have no voice left and I’m hugging total strangers. It’s almost spiritual.

There is such a universal acceptance that this night is something special that even the famously egotistical Axl Rose tells the crowd “you’re too kind” as we all scream 24 years’ worth of love for one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.

Not in this lifetime? Mercenary or not, we’re so glad they changed their minds.

Check out our full range of Guns N’ Roses merchandise – with over a hundred products including tons of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else in Europe, you needn’t fear going to your next GNR gig looking like you’ve been dressed by your mum.


Thank you! 📸 @samonrajabnik

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Foo Fighters – Glastonbury – June 24

Glastonbury-goers had to wait a long time to see the Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage. The band were set to headline in 2015, but Dave Grohl was forced to cancel when he broke his leg and subsequently the hearts of all UK rock fans.

“I’m about two years late, I’m sorry,” Grohl says as he finally takes to the stage. “Traffic was a bitch.”

No problem, Dave. You’re worth the wait.

Grohl hinted earlier in the week that he had “something special” planned for Glastonbury. With other bands, “something special” could mean a laser show, special guests or even light-up wristbands for the audience (thanks for that, Coldplay).

But the Foo Fighters’ idea of ‘something special’, it would seem, is walking out on stage and delivering an entirely gimmick-free performance. Which, to be honest, is exactly what we were hoping for.

The atmosphere is always incredible at Glastonbury. But there’s something about Dave Grohl that lifts the crowd to the next level. Perhaps it’s his natural charisma, powerful voice or the fact that he was in Nirvana. Whatever it is, he has us all in the palm of his hand for the entire set.

And what a set it is. After a brief intro in which he paid tribute to Florence Welch, who stepped in for him in 2015, the band launches straight into “Times Like These”. Then it’s “All My Life” and “Learn to Fly”. It’s easy to forget just how many mega-hits the Foo Fighters have.

Grohl intersperses his heavy rock set with a few slower tracks so we can catch our breath, as well as a couple of Queen covers for good measure. This is Britain after all.

The band also plays a few tracks from its upcoming album, Concrete and Gold, which is due out in September – pre-order the CD, vinyl, CD and t-shirt pack or vinyl and t-shirt pack today – and these new songs have all the raw power we’ve come to expect from the Foos, without any of the Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace we got from them in 2007.

Towards the end of the show, Dave Grohl pauses. The crowd, fearful that he might be planning an early exit, start chanting “10 more songs”. Because why would you ever ask the Foos for less than that?

While Grohl doesn’t quite make it to the extra 10 we asked for, the band carries on right up to the curfew, finishing with Everlong. Which felt pretty appropriate, as it felt like we had waited here for him for a really long time.

And with a new album out, we hopefully won’t have to wait quite so long until they come back again.

In the mood for Foos? Check out our range of Foo Fighters merchandise.


LONDON for days. ❤️#greenday #revradtour #britishsummer #hydepark

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Green Day – Hyde Park – July 1

I’ll be honest, going to this gig was a bit of a last-minute decision. Tickets don’t come cheap after all, and I’ve seen Green Day live a few times before. But the car got through its MOT so I used the money I would have spent making it road-worthy on Green Day tickets. Because why wouldn’t you?

And it turned out to be an excellent decision.

Nothing puts you in the mood for a night of moshing quite like a full day of sunshine and knockout punk-rock performances from the likes of Rancid, the Hives, the Damned and the Stranglers.

After a mass singalong to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Blitzkrieg Bop”, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool run onto the stage. They lap up the adulation of 60,000 screaming fans and, without a word, they launch straight into “Do You Know Your Enemy”.

“Jump jump jump jump jump”, Billie Joe commands. And that’s exactly what we do for almost the next three hours.

They hit us with a couple of songs from Revolution Radio. I’ve got to say, while I didn’t instantly love the studio versions of some of those songs (with the obvious exception of “Still Breathing” of course) the live versions are fantastic, particularly the title track and “Bang Bang”.

I’m converted. Green Day rule supreme. At this point, I might even be willing to give ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! another go.

But it’s not all new stuff. They play hit after hit, clearly feeding off the incredible atmosphere.

“I swear to God, I fucking love this country so much”, Billie Joe tells us and it’s clear the feeling’s mutual.

The frontman can’t resist making a couple of jibes about Donald Trump, as well as Justin Bieber, who’s headlining at Hyde Park the day after. He can tell he’s preaching to the choir as we all cheer and punch our fists in the air.

After two and a half hours of non-stop rocking, they finish with “American Idiot” and “Jesus of Suburbia”. Then Billie Joe comes back on to do a second encore without the rest of the band. It’s just him and his guitar and us. It feels strangely intimate despite the crowds as we all sing along to 21 Guns.

The gig closes with Green Day’s trademark final song, “Good Riddance (Time of your Life)”.

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your lives.”

We really did.

Don’t want to be an American Idiot? Check out our range of Green Day merchandise.

We’d like to hear from you: who else from the world of rock and metal has killed it on stage this summer? Let us know in the comments below or on the EMP Facebook page!

Fashion, Movies

Celebrate the Release of Despicable Me 3 with Our New Despicable Me and Minions Merchandise!

Over the seven years since the release of the original Despicable Me, the Minions seem to have been getting cuter, haven’t they? Now we’re onto Despicable Me 3, the fourth big-screen outing for our little yellow friends, and to celebrate we‘ve added a ton of new items to our Minions merchandise section, from Minions t-shirts to a remote-controlled unicorn. Check out some of our favourite items from the new batch below!

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Who wouldn’t want these guys? C’est banana! These guys went through the wars (good job they’re in an army!) during the three previous movies, so grab them both in huggable plush toy form before it’s too late!




Five new Minions t-shirts for women have landed in the shop just in time for the new movie – which is your favourite?




How do you make a Minion or a unicorn even more adorable? By turning them into Funko Pop! figures, of course!






Just open the box and she’s ready to fly…




Perfect for a banana milkshake.




If your plush Minions aren’t enough, add Lucky to your collection!




Open up Kevin’s head and you’ve got ample storage space for pens, pencils, blueprints for world domination…anything!


We’ve got enough in our Minions and Despicable Me merchandise to fulfil all your army’s needs. If you’re heading out to see Despicable Me 3, make sure celebrate by grabbing some – bananas sold separately!


HISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 Years of EMP: 2004-2006


Wow, we almost can’t believe this: This fall – on November 27th to be precise – marks the 30th anniversary of EMP. Thirty. Like 3 and 0. Crazy, isn’t it? However, we’re not gonna plunge into an identity crisis but look back on the past three decades with pride. 30 years in which EMP developed from a tiny flyer catalogue to Europe’s leading e-commerce retailer in the rock and entertainment business. Until our official birthday in November we are going to condense the past 30 years in ten blog posts – looking back on what happened with us, with metal and the rest of the great wide world. Let’s carry on with the years 2004 to 2006!


In 2004 EMP modernised the old store rooms and transformed them into modern office spaces which in total encompass an area of 2.700 m². The first two magazine covers of the year graced Edguy with their album „Hellfire Club“ and Nightwish with „Once“ – their last work with singer Tarja Turunen. And they looked like this:


 Of course 2004 had in store many other important metal albums as well – amongst others “Amon Amarth – Fate of Norns”, “Behemoth – Demigod”, “Dio – Master of the Moon”, “Finntroll – Nattfödd”, “In Flames – Soundtrack to Your Escape”, “Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache”, “Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake”, “Mastodon – Leviathan”, “Nightwish – Once”, “Rammstein – Reise, Reise” or “Slipknot – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)”. Bands like  Job for a Cowboy, Legion of the Damned and Alter Bridge were born, others – such as Mötley Crüe and Megadeth – rose from the dead.

The Böhse Onkelz said „Adios“ with their homonymous album while Within Temptation released one of their best albums – „The Silent Force“. Both bands were featured on the two EMP magazine covers of the second half of the year.







As far as movies are concerned, 2004 was a big year as well: „Shaun of the Dead”, “Kill Bill 2”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “L.A. Crash”, “Harry Potter  and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, “Butterfly Effect”, “The Bourne Supremacy”, “Aviator”, “Dawn of the Dead” or “Hellboy” rocked the cinemas. And „World of Warcraft“ shocked the video game industry.

At the end of that year, one of the biggest catastrophe in human history took its course: On December 26th a gigantic tidal wave flooded the coastal areas of India, Sri Lanka,  Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. About 230,000 people perished in the course of that catastrophe.


In 2005 an era drew to a close: On April 2nd Pop John Paul II died aged 84, 26 years after his enthronement. His successor was a German: cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI. In Germany, Gerhard Schröder reluctantly gave way to Angela Merkel.

The first two EMP magazine featured the album artworks of Judas Priest’s „Angel of Retribution“ und System Of A Down’s „Mesmerize“:










Many many great albums saw the light of day in 2005: Arch Enemy – “Doomsday Machine”, As I Lay Dying – “Shadows Are Security”, Avenged Sevenfold – “City of Evil”, Bolt Thrower – “Those Once Loyal”, Bullet for My Valentine – “The Poison”, Deep Purple – “Rapture of the Deep”, DevilDriver – “The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand”, Disturbed – “Ten Thousand Fists”, Exodus – “Shovel Headed Kill Machine”, Gojira – “From Mars to Sirius”, Gorefest – “La Muerte”, High on Fire – “Blessed Black Wings”, Kamelot – “The Black Halo”, Kreator – “Enemy of God”, Limp Bizkit – “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)”, Meshuggah – “Catch Thirtythree”, Nine Inch Nails – “With Teeth”, Opeth – “Ghost Reveries”, Parkway Drive – “Killing with a Smile”, Queens of the Stone Age – “Lullabies to Paralyze”, Rammstein – “Rosenrot”, Sabaton – “Primo Victoria”, Soilwork – “Stabbing the Drama”, System of a Down – “Mezmerize/Hypnotize” and Trivium – “Ascendancy”. What a fantastic vintage!


In the second half of 2015 the EMP magazine featured Manowar with their „Hell On Earth IV“ DVD and Rammstein with „Rosenrot“:


The following movies were essential in 2005: “Sin City”, “Batman Begins”, “Walk The Line”, “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”, “Broken Flowers”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “The Descent” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”. In the video game orbit the release of the Xbox 360 made quite a splash.




In 2006, the year of our 20th anniversary, our logistics centre was expanded by  5.000 m². Speaking of anniversary: In autumn we threw an epic birthday party with no other than Motörhead performing live – Lemmy still tells his celestial booze buddies about that night. All hail Lemmy!


By the way: In 2006 EMP opened their first branch in Finland – hölleken kölleken!


And this were the EMP cover artworks of the first half of the year: In Flames with „Come Clarity“ and Tool with „10,000 Days“!


Of course there were many more great albums in 2006: DragonForce – “Inhuman Rampage”, Edguy – “Rocket Ride”, In Flames – “Come Clarity”, Kataklysm – “In the Arms of Devastation”, Caliban – “The Undying Darkness”, Lordi – “The Arockalypse”, Queensrÿche – “Operation: Mindcrime II”, Tool – “10,000 Days”, Celtic Frost – “Monotheist”, Satyricon – “Now, Diabolical”, Sabaton – “Attero Dominatus”, Slayer – “Christ Illusion”, Iron Maiden – “A Matter of Life and Death”, Blind Guardian – “A Twist in the Myth”, Amon Amarth – “With Oden on Our Side”, Trivium – “The Crusade” or The Haunted – “The Dead Eye” were released in 2006 as well.


Sad news for metalheads though: System Of A down split ways and have not released another album since.


Blind Guardian’s “A Twist in the Myth” and Rammstein’s “Völkerball” live DVD graced the EMP titles of the second half of the year:


And in cinemas? “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Departed”, “Prestige”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “James Bond 007 – Casino Royale”, “Lucky#Slevin”, “Adam’s Apples”, “Blood Diamond”, “Once”, “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest“, „Crank“… what a movie year!


And when Sony’s PlayStation 3 was released, everybody went nuts.


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HISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 years of EMP: 2001-2003

30-Years-of-EMP-Polaroid-BannerWow, we almost can’t believe this: This fall – on November 27th to be precise – marks the 30th anniversary of EMP. Thirty. Like 3 and 0. Crazy, isn’t it? However, we’re not gonna plunge into an identity crisis but look back on the past three decades with pride. 30 years in which EMP developed from a tiny flyer catalogue to Europe’s leading e-commerce retailer in the rock and entertainment business. Until our official birthday in November we are going to condense the past 30 years in ten blog posts – looking back on what happened with us, with metal and the rest of the great wide world. Let’s carry on with the years 2001 to 2003!


In 2001 one of the greatest tragedies of recent history took place: 9/11. But life had to go on – more than ever after such a catastrophe!

2001 was also the year of EMP’s 15th birthday which we celebrated with this big Motörhead covered anniversary edition:

CoverThe world needed new metal albums – and it got new metal albums! For instance Arch Enemy – “Wages of Sin”, Avenged Sevenfold – “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet”, Dimmu Borgir – “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia”, Edguy – “Mandrake”, Gojira – “Terra Incognita”, Machine Head – “Supercharger”, Opeth – “Blackwater Park”, Rammstein – “Mutter”, Slayer – “God Hates Us All”, System of a Down – “Toxicity” and Tool’s “Lateralus”. Celtic Frost arose from their early grave!

And Slipknot released “Iowa” which of course covered our fall magazine:

MagazinHerbst20012001 was also a great movie vintage: Peter Jackson’s first Middle Earth movie “The Lord Of The Rings – The Fellowship Of The Ring” hit the cinemas! As did “Spirited Away”, “Mulholland Drive”, “Amélie”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Monsters, Inc.”, “Shrek” and “Training Day”. The video game community rejoiced at “GTA 3”, the first “Grand Theft Auto” in 3D!


Bild-06We couldn’t help it: EMP needed a new logistics center containing 8.000 m². And the Euro became the new common currency for most of us.

After almost four years of absence Blind Guardian came back with “A Night At The Opera” and naturally covered the EMP cover:

Titel 01.02In 2002 the metal world hailed at the following new albums: Behemoth – “Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)”, Blind Guardian – “A Night at the Opera”, Dio – “Killing the Dragon”, In Flames – “Reroute to Remain”, Kataklysm – “Shadows & Dust”, Killswitch Engage – “Alive or Just Breathing”, Lacuna Coil – “Comalies”, Lordi – “Get Heavy”, Manowar – “Warriors of the World”, Mastodon – “Remission”, Soilwork – “Natural Born Chaos”, Soulfly – “3” and Stone Sour – “Stone Sour” – and welcomed new bands such as DevilDriver, Eluveitie and Suicide Silence.

We had to take leave as well in 2002: Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley died from an overdose and Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams was found dead as well. Megadeth and Fear Factory split up (well, temporarily).

German hard rock queen Doro released her album “Fight” that year and looked good on our magazine cover:

MagazinHerbst2002The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers” came to cinemas – punctually for Christmas business. Before that, movies like “City Of God”, Punctually for Christmas “28 Days Later”, “Hero”, “The Bourne Identity”, “Spider-Man”, “Minority Report”, “Ice Age” and “Irréversible” had delighted moviegoers. Gamers played “Warcraft 3” in 2002.


Peter Steele and Type O Negative were moody back then and declared “Life Is Killing Me” on their sixth album. That’s why Pete “smiled” back at us on the cover of the EMP magazine:

emp_titel_0203Apocalyptica released “Reflections”, As I Lay Dying “Frail Words Collapse”, Avenged Sevenfold “Waking the Fallen”, Children of Bodom “Hate Crew Deathroll”, The Darkness “Permission to Land”, Deftones “Deftones”, DevilDriver “DevilDriver”, Hatebreed “The Rise of Brutality”, Lamb of God “As the Palaces Burn”, Linkin Park “Meteora”, Marilyn Manson “The Golden Age of Grotesque”, Machine Head “Through the Ashes of Empires” and Metallica “St. Anger”. Fear Factory, Europe and Killing Joke reunited. While Metallica checked in Robert Trujillo as their new bassist, Rob Halford returned to Judas Priest!

Bruce Dickinson had already returned to where he belonged some years before – and released “Dance Of Death” with Iron Maiden in 2003.

emp_titel_0303In cinemas the first Tolkien trilogy came to its end – and great movies like “Kill Bill 1”, “Oldboy”, the first “Pirates Of The Caribbean”, “Finding Nemo” or “The Green Butchers” came into being. Video game console junkies delighted in “Need For Speed Underground” – which was basically a “play it yourself” version of “Fast & Furious”.

Check back soon for the next chapter!