The WWE UKC Tournament and the Potential of WWE: UK

This weekend, WWE decide their first “United Kingdom Champion” via a 16-man single-elimination tournament broadcast on the WWE Network, which is likely to pave the way for a UK-based weekly TV show.

Wrestling to me has always been a wholly American thing (I was born a little too late for the legendary British institution World of Sport, though I did get a kick out of its gaudy New Year’s Eve reboot a couple of weeks back), mostly conducted (until recent times) by North American wrestlers for North American audiences, quite understandably. This tournament and the potential series that is likely to follow, however, are a totally different proposition, giving Network subscribers in the UK localised content with exposure and financial backing not seen since the days of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. And that’s very exciting.

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Irish-born Sheamus batters Roman Reigns. The UKC tournament won’t have quite this crowd – perhaps if they follow the template outlined in this post, one day they will…

Though British grapplers like William Regal and Finlay have all had great runs as big-ish players in WWE in recent ties, they mostly represented their country via an early 2000s Nickelodeon movie kind of Britishness. Regal was a snooty, tea-drinking toff; Finlay a Northern Irish pub brawler who was accompanied to the ring by his leprechaun son and used to bonk people over the head with a shillelagh. Even in 2017, Mancunian Jack Gallagher’s current run has come about due to his character “The Extraordinary Gentleman”, a sophisticated, urbane sort of fellow who challenges rivals to gentlemen’s duels and requests one-on-one meetings “in parlay”.

This is not a slight on WWE, fashionable as that may be. No, I’m of the school of thought that believes it’s all about character, and that you need to get maximum mileage out of whatever makes you different from the next guy along; if that’s toff-toffington Englishness or an association with folklore fairies, then so be it. Two recent examples of English talent whose nationality was incidental rather than central to their character that prove the rule are Wade Barrett, a generic baddie who progressed through about seven indistinct characters and seventeen entrance themes, shouted “BOOM” a lot and left the company last year after treading water for half a decade, and Neville, who was immediately dealt a dud hand by being made to share a name with one of the least capable students in Gryffindor’s history and is only just emerging from the wilderness after barely being featured on TV for months.

The point I’m making is that when you’re putting Brits in a ring to tell a story of good vs evil in front of 10,000 baying Americans every night, there isn’t a lot of room for nuance. But what a UK WWE brand gives us is an opportunity to enjoy more characters that are exaggerated versions of the stereotypes of people we in the UK are familiar with; rather than having to go out in front of a US audience and play “British {insert British-ish gimmick here}” in a way that allows a global audience to immediately understand who they are, the new recruits can just play “{insert gimmick here}” in a way that a UK audience can immediately recognise and get on board with.

Some of the tournament competitors look like they’ve already nailed this; Tyson T-Bone wants to declare himself “King of the Travelers” and uses a finisher called the “Gypsy’s Kiss”, while Tyler Bate’s twirly moustache and use of the “Gotch-Style Tombstone” suggest he might play some form of wrestling Shoreditch hipster. Others’ WWE.com profiles suggest little more than “nice man who wrestles” and “nasty man who wrestles”.

What I want from this potential new brand is more of the former and less of the latter. Think a stable of The Apprentice contestants who walk down to the ring to Prokofiev music in mid-range Debenhams suits, cut promos in illegible business jargon and have a different member take on the role of ‘project manager’ every week, resulting in each match being wrestled in an entirely different style every time, followed by an inevitable defeat and post-mortem in a greasy spoon. Or an obnoxious public schoolboy who wrestles with a style influenced by the tribes he met on his gap year, accelerated to an improbably high position on the card despite being only six months out of university due to his dad being in a position of power, who makes his prone opponent do a beer bong after defeating them with his finisher, the “D.I.O.”. Or an old-school saaaahf-east Laaahndan boxer sort accompanied by a dastardly flat-capped, chain-smoking “promoter” who bonks people over the head when the ref’s not looking with a spit bucket or corner stool. Or, if you want to get really base with this, a builder whose tights don’t quite cover up the entirety of his posterior. Just think of the storytelling opportunities!

These lads can wrestle to a very high standard – but so can every talent WWE features on TV. This is why to differentiate itself, the UK operation has to be British through and through; I want brawls to look like they’re taking place in a pub car park and technical matches to carry on using the slow, methodical style introduced to American audiences by Zack Sabre Jr. and Jack Gallagher in last summer’s Cruiserweight Classic. I want Michael Cole’s stint on commentary this weekend to be a one-off before he’s replaced with a gravelly-voiced Brit yanked from an obscure subscription channel’s coverage of regional MMA. Also, fingers crossed we get a rowdy crowd seven or eight pints in by the time the first bell rings and who cheer and boo who they’re supposed to, rather than the sort that chant “this is wrestling!” at the first chinlock of the match.

Who’s gonna win the thing? My head says Trent Seven, based purely on the fact that he’s at the front of the pack in most of the promotional images that I’ve seen and is one of the few guys I’ve heard of with my limited exposure to non-WWE wrestling. But my heart wants Danny Burch, for precisely the reasons I’ve outlined above: though he’s not the biggest guy, he looks like he’s got a bod honed not by months of careful dieting and gym work, but years of backbreaking manual labour and Saturday afternoon post-football tear-ups, knows all of the staff in Wetherspoons by name and would glass anybody who got in between him and the fruit machine. Come on Danny.

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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!

2001

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!

2002

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.

2003

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”.

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HISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 years of EMP: 1998-2000

30-Years-of-EMP-Polaroid-BannerHISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 years of EMP: 1998-2000

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 1998 to 2000!

In 1998 Moonspell released their “Sin/Pecado” album – which is why they were featured on EMP’s first catalogue of that year. Behold:

Katalog Frühjahr 1998However, other bands gave birth to beautiful daughters as well that year: Anathema – “Alternative 4”, Arch Enemy – “Stigmata”, Blind Guardian – “Nightfall in Middle-Earth”, Bolt Thrower – “Mercenary”, Godsmack – “Godsmack”, HammerFall – “Legacy of Kings”, Iced Earth – “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, Iron Maiden – “Virtual XI”, KISS – “Psycho Circus”, Metallica – “Garage Inc.”, Monster Magnet – “Powertrip”, Nightwish – “Oceanborn”, Queens of the Stone Age – “Queens of the Stone Age”, Rob Zombie – “Hellbilly Deluxe”, Savatage – “The Wake of Magellan”, Sentenced – “Frozen”, Slayer – “Diabolus In Musica” and System of a Down – “System of a Down” are only a few of that year’s great metal releases. 1998 also marks the birth of bands like Rob Zombie and Unearth. Bullet For My Valentine are founded under the name Jeff Killed John (as a Nirvana and Metallica cover band).

And here comes the second EMP cover of 1998 – Blind Guardian are back with their masterpiece “Nightfall In Middle Earth”!

MagazinSommer1998Dozens of cult movies originated in 1998. Including “The Big Lebowski”, “American History X”, “The Truman Show”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Blade”, “There’s Something About Mary” and “Lethal Weapon 4”. “Half-Life” shocked the gaming world – we are still waiting for part 3 by the way!

1999

EMP launched that year’s merchandise season with a beautiful Gamma Ray cover:

MagazinFrühjahr1999A season which had lots of great albums in store: Amon Amarth – “The Avenger”, Behemoth – “Satanica”, Children of Bodom – “Hatebreeder”, Dark Tranquility – “Projector”, Dimmu Borgir – “Spiritual Black Dimensions”, Dream Theater – “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory”, Immortal – “At the Heart of Winter”, Kreator – “Endorama”, Lacuna Coil – “In a Reverie”, Limp Bizkit – “Significant Other”, Machine Head – “The Burning Red”, Metallica – “S&M”, Nine Inch Nails – “The Fragile”, Rage Against the Machine – “The Battle of Los Angeles” and Slipknot – “Slipknot” rained down bloodily from metal heaven. A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Sabaton and Trivium were born!

Paradise Lost released their somewhat controversial record “Host” which was featured on the cover of our summer magazine nevertheless.

MagazinSommer1999Great back then and still great: movies like “Fight Club”, “Matrix”, “American Beauty”, “Being John Malkovich”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Ghost Dog”, “The Boondock Saints” and “Eyes Wide Shut”. “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” hit the video game consoles and triggered a skater wave.

2000

Are the computers still running? Relief: they are. All this millennium panic had obviously been in vain.

Comeback of the year”, the EMP magazine cover reads. Who again? Well, Iron Maiden of course! Lost son Bruce Dickinson had returned and the Brits delivered their fantastic “Brave New World” album.

MagazinSommer2000Other bands released fantastic albums as well that year: AC/DC – “Stiff Upper Lip”, A Perfect Circle – “Mer de Noms”, Deftones – “White Pony”, Iron Maiden – “Brave New World”, Killswitch Engage – “Killswitch Engage”, Lamb of God – “New American Gospel”, Limp Bizkit – “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”, Marilyn Manson – “Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)”, Nightwish – “Wishmaster” and Soulfly – “Primitive” for instance. Sad news though: Rage Against The Machine and Sacred Reich disbanded :(

However: “Metal God” Rob Halford released his first Halford album called “Resurrection” – reasons enough for us to put him on the EMP cover:

MagazinHerbst2000Surely you will gladly remember all of these movies from 2000: “Memento”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “Snatch”, “Gladiator”, “Almost Famous”, “American Psycho”, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “High Fidelity”, “Tiger & Dragon”, “X-Men”, “Final Destination” and “The Beach” – good stuff, wasn’t it?

Oh, and: 2000 marks the release of the most successful video game console of all times: Sony’s PlayStation 2!

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HISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 years of EMP: 1995-1997

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 1995 to 1997!

1995

In early 1995 the EMP catalogue features this fantastic cover from Blind Guardian:

emp_titel_0195Fans will remember: In 1995 the German Metal heroes released their epic „Imaginations From The Other Side“ album. Also from this fine album vintage: AC/DC – “Ballbreaker”, At the Gates – “Slaughter of the Soul”, Carcass – “Swansong”, Dark Tranquillity – “The Gallery”, Death – “Symbolic”, Dissection – “Storm of the Light’s Bane”, Fear Factory – “Demanufacture”, Gamma Ray – “Land of the Free”, Iced Earth – “Burnt Offerings”, Meshuggah – “Destroy Erase Improve”, Moonspell – “Wolfheart”, My Dying Bride – “The Angel and the Dark River”, Nevermore – “Nevermore”, Opeth – “Orchid”, Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”, Rammstein – “Herzeleid”, Sentenced – “Amok”, Theatre of Tragedy – “Theatre of Tragedy” and White Zombie – “Astro Creep: 2000”.

53513_Blogbanner_30Years_CD-Cover-1Amongst Scandinavian bands like Borknagar or Ensiferum 1995 gave us the living US metal legends Slipknot and System Of A Down who would shape the history of modern metal like hardly any other bands.

However, it is a German metal icon that is featured on the cover of the second EMP catalogue of that year: 1995 was also the year of birth of Sodom’s „Masquerade In Blood“.

HauptkatalogSommer1995In cinemas we watched great movies like „Seven“, “Heat”, “12 Monkeys”, “Braveheart”, “Toy Story”, “Desperado” or “A Close Shave”. Or we sat at home having fun with our new PlayStation: In September the first edition of Sony’s legendary video game console was first sold in Europe.

1996

Sacred Reich decorate the first EMP cover of 1996:

Hauptkatalogfrühjahr1996However, many other bands could have done as well. 1996 gave birth to great albums like Alice in Chains – “Unplugged”, Amorphis – “Elegy”, Apocalyptica – “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”, Bruce Dickinson – “Skunkworks”, Dimmu Borgir – “Stormblåst”, Hypocrisy – “Abducted”, In Flames – “The Jester Race”, Korn – “Life is Peachy”, Marilyn Manson – “Antichrist Superstar”, Moonspell – “Irreligious”, Sepultura – “Roots”, Slipknot – “Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.”, Tool – “Ænima” and Type O Negative – “October Rust”. Bands like Arch Enemy, Disturbed, Gojira, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, The Haunted or Within Temptation were formed in 1996 and would shape metal music in the following years.

53513_Blogbanner_30Years_CD-Cover-2The cover of the EMP fall catalogue looked like this:

HauptkatalogSommer1996And do you remember what movies were shown in the theatres that year? “Fargo”, “Trainspotting, “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Scream”, “Sleepers”, “Mission: Impossible”, “The Rock” or “Independence Day” for instance. „Resident Evil“ was released as a video game – and would later spawn a successful movie franchise.

1997

Hello 1997! Our first catalogue of that year was graced with The Offspring:

Frühjahrskatalog1997Bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Finntroll or Turisas saw the light of day – and the following metal masterpieces were released: Children of Bodom – “Something Wild”, Deftones – “Around The Fur”, Dimmu Borgir – “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”, Faith No More – “Album of the Year”, HammerFall – “Glory to the Brave”, In Flames – “Whoracle”, Limp Bizkit – “Three Dollar Bill Y’all”, Metallica – “ReLoad”, Nightwish – “Angels Fall First”, Rammstein – “Sehnsucht” oder Rotting Christ – “A Dead Poem”.

In the summer, the EMP catalogue got „Magic“ with Axel Rudi Pell:

Sommerkatalog1997Meanwhile, movies like “L.A. Confidential”, “Lost Highway”, “Princess Mononoke”, “Jackie Brown”, “Face/Off”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Life Is Beautiful”, “Starship Troopers”, “As Good As it Gets” and “The Fifth Element” were shown in theatres. For gamers 1997 is of course the year of the very first „GTA (Grand Theft Auto)“.

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HISTORY FLASHBACK – 30 years of EMP: 1992-1994

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 1992 to 1994!

1992

The EMP cover in the summer of 1992 features the German thrash band Tankard with the cover of their “Stone Cold Sober” album. It looked like this:

Hauptkatalog1992In 1992 bands like Edguy, Lordi, Machine Head of Moonspell were formed – all of which are still present today. But look at the albums that year spawned: Alice in Chains – “Dirt”, Blind Guardian – “Somewhere Far Beyond”, Body Count – “Body Count”, Bolt Thrower – “The IVth Crusade”, Bon Jovi – “Keep the Faith”, Deicide – “Legion”, Faith No More – “Angel Dust”, Iron Maiden – “Fear of the Dark”, Kyuss – “Blues for the Red Sun”, Megadeth – “Countdown to Extinction”, Ministry – “Psalm 69”, Obituary – “The End Complete”, Pantera – “Vulgar Display of Power”, Rage Against the Machine – “Rage Against the Machine”, Tankard – “Stone Cold Sober”, Tiamat – “Clouds”, Unleashed – “Shadows in the Deep” – what a fantastic year for metal music, wasn’t it?!

Many iconic movies found their way into the theatres in 1992: Tarantino had his breakthrough with “Reservoir Dogs“, Peter Jackson gave us „Braindead“ and Tim Burton “Batman Returns“. Equally great: “Army Of Darkness“, Disney’s “Aladdin“, “Wayne’s World“ and… “Basic Instinct“!

Game addicts played “Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins” on the Game Boy that year – the birth of supervillain Wario!

1993

The British band Skyclad who had just released its breakthrough album “Jonah’s Ark” and would have a big influence on the future of folk metal is on the EMP cover in early 1993. “Thinking Allowed” was a great tune back then, wasn’t it? Actually, it still is today.

The EMP catalogue looked like this:

Sommer 1993EMP achieved a breakthrough in 1993 as well: We moved into our own company building with 320 m² of office und 1.000 m² of storage space – yee-haw!

The fall catalogue was covered with Unleashed’s third album “Across The Open Sea” – “To Asgaard We Fly”! Well, flew.

HauptkatalogHerbstWinter199394Children Of Bodom, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir, HammerFall, Korn and Theatre Of Tragedy came into the world in 1993. As did the following metal classics: Carcass – “Heartwork”, Dark Tranquillity – “Skydancer”, Entombed – “Wolverine Blues”, Katatonia – “Dance of December Souls”, Morbid Angel – “Covenant”, My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose The Swans”, Satyricon – “Dark Medieval Times”, Savatage – “Edge of Thorns”, Sepultura – “Chaos A.D.”, Tool – “Undertow” and Type O Negative – “Bloody Kisses”.

And what did people watch in cinemas back then? Schindler’s List”, “Jurassic Park”, “Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Groundhog Day” or “Philadelphia” for instance. Not bad, either!

At the end of 1993 the video game “Doom” is released and becomes a milestone in FPS history.

1994

On the cover of the EMP summer catalogue Grave Digger play their “Symphony Of Death”:

Hauptkatalog1994Bands like Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Six Feet Under or Strapping Young Lad are born into the metal family – and a “small” German band called Rammstein.

Our CD players are running hot under albums like Amorphis – “Tales from the Thousand Lakes”, Cannibal Corpse – “The Bleeding”, Cradle of Filth – “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh”, Dream Theater – “Awake”, Emperor – “In the Nightside Eclipse”, In Flames – “Lunar Strain”, Korn – “Korn”, Machine Head – “Burn My Eyes”, Marilyn Manson – “Portrait of an American Family”, Nine Inch Nails – “The Downward Spiral”, Pantera – “Far Beyond Driven”, Soundgarden – “Superunknown” or Tiamat – “Wildhoney” – each of which we could put into our player again RIGHT NOW.

And right after we watch movies from 1994 like “Pulp Fiction”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Léon: The Professional”, “Forrest Gump”, “The Lion King”, “Natural Born Killers”, “Speed” or “The Crow”.

On or computers “Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger” was a big hit – no other than Mark “Luke Skywalker” played the leading role in that video game.

At the end of 1994 the EMP catalogues comes with a split cover, showing Tiamat’s “Wildhoney” and Samael’s “Ceremony Of Opposites”.

KatalogHerbstWinter199495Check back with us soon for the next chapter in EMP history!

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