One of the most difficult countries to name a favorite band from was Norway. I eventually decided on Immortal, but Emperor was one of the bands that was very difficult to pass up. Emperor was the first true black metal band that I ever really got into. Their melodic and symphonic take on black metal was extremely influential and helped spawn a whole subgenre, along with their countrymen Dimmu Borgir. Emperor though has always had much better music. In fact, their second album still rates as one of my all-time favorite black metal albums.
FAVORITE ALBUM: ANTHEMS TO THE WELKIN AT DUSK