"Empty" as written by and Rebecca Barnard....
He is an empty shell
Shell-shocked Luciferian soul
He is an empty shell
Drained and sealed
He is an empty shell
Penetrating cold
He is an empty shell
Empty Luciferian soul

How furiously and bombastic
He proclaimed his destruction of a mortal coil
In the end it seemed
This was his only possession

Long past were his glorious days
Of filth and lies
And he has reached out to stop time
At its end

He is an empty shell
Shell-shocked Luciferian heart
He is an empty shell
Drained and sealed
He is an empty shell
Penetrating cold
He is an empty shell
Empty Luciferian soul

Empty Luciferian soul

The constant struggle for a moment of quiet indulgence
Eventually stirred and quaked the earth so hard
It swallowed him in a dark and heavy cloud
Slowly and gently starving him into insanity

An inferno of ice
With an ever burning
Bleeding
Heart


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"Empty" as written by Rebecca Barnard

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    General Commentthis song is cool
    reyeson April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a guy who dies and goes to Hell because of the bad things he did in his life.
    evildaveon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah youre both right, but thats not all, its also about how, before he goes to hell, he struggles with his life and everyone hates him and realizes he was living his life all wrong
    King_nothing666on April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA song about someone who dies and goes to hell, and realises everything he'd done in his life was futile.
    Idiciouson January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGoddamn, what a straight-forward beginning. I just adore this song. one of my black metal favourites.
    DreamingInTheÆtheron November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have debated this because just the lyrics like
    long past were his "glorious" days
    of filth and lies
    and he has reached out to stop time
    at its end
    It makes me think of like he's talking about the devil or something. Though everything else kind of points to him going to hell. I think it's about how he has died, and it's about his journey to hell and his realization of it. Like in the music video when they drop him out of the hearse and he goes down the hill in that forest. That also makes me think he's in hell, like the music video started out as him dead and he's at the coroners or whatever that it. Then he rushes through hell, strapped and hopeless. Then he is thrown into a hearse and dropped, and he keeps going, forever.
    itsthatoneguyon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAttention: The last three Emperor albums (Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, IX Equilibrium, and Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire and Demise) all center around the Emperor character, who is a Satanist (this is never stated, it just simply has to be true because Ihsahn was a Satanist at the time and he wrote the lyrics ;) ).

    Ihsahn himself stopped being a Satanist in real life, and I believe that his whole process of awakening to this realization is shown on this entire album. The opening line on the first track "The Eruption" is:

    And after years in dark tunnels, he came to silence; there was nothing.

    That is to say, this person has spent a lot of time in "dark tunnels," a reference (in my opinion) to the Satanic lifestyle, but after a while he realizes it isn't doing anything for him.

    I don't think the song is about anyone going to hell. When it says the earth swallowed him I think that is just a metaphor for him losing his mind because he can't get what he wants ("a moment of quiet indulgence').
    boomaholicon January 18, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is definitely about Ihsahn's ceasing of Satanism. This song is through his own eyes and as to how much pain he caused people for his own gain.
    hunt hellon July 20, 2009   Link

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