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Ihsahn announces 6th solo album, lyric video

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM (PST)

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Candlelight Records proudly announces March 4 as the global release date for the sixth solo album from Ihsahn titled Arktis.  The album will be available in standard cd, deluxe cd (featuring additional exclusive content), and vinyl formats.  The album’s first single, “Mass Darkness,” is released today via Itunes and Amazon.  It is available for streaming now via Spotify.  Decibel Magazine exclusively presents the Michael Dickinson (Orange Goblin, Gallows) created lyric video for the song available for viewing here.

Arktis was recorded at Ihsahn’s studio in Notodden, Norway and was mixed in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia).  The album features ten songs and is the longest and most spirited of Ihsahn’s solo recordings.  It features guest appearances from Einar Solberg (Leprous), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining), Tobias Ornes Andersen (Shining, ex-Leprous), and renowned Norwegian author Hans Herbjornsrud.  Graphic elements for Arktis once again have been provided by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.

Few artists in modern heavy music have created such an extraordinary and unique body of work as Ihsahn.  Having refined and redefined black metal with the now legendary Emperor, Ihsahn is Norway’s foremost musical extremist.  He has spent the last decade establishing himself as a fearless and wildly idiosyncratic solo artist and even by his own remarkable standards, Arktis is a bold and mind-blowing step into the unknown.  Ihsahn comments, “my focus for this album was to write within more traditional song structures and still give each song a strong individual identity, be that through a re-occurring melody, a chorus, sound design or the good, old guitar riff.  I also wanted to explore this on the production side, blending organic rock sounds with more modern expressions.”

More below.

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Interview: Ihsahn – Compatible Divergence

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM (PST)

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Some people Darby Crash or Syd Barrett their way to enlightenment. Others seek perfection of form or religion until some part of them slowly erodes (in cases when it fails). Whether you are a Tim Lambesis or a Blake Judd or a Mic Todd, these people all made meaningful art that affected people, as much as people debate the morality of some of their actions. Sometimes, as ugly as things can be, it is just part of the equation of life. We do have free will and choice to embrace higher roads, but karma or preconditioned hurdles in the psyche or environment can create major speed bumps (sometimes made of actual speed!).

Ihsahn of Emperor fame is still most associated with that classic Black Metal juggernaut, including their social infamy. Nowadays the founding 2nd-ish wave black metal father turned prog giant has evolved through non beholden to Orthodox Satanism and anti-morality to something inclusive of all that but much more vast and still very empowered. Ihsahn’s new solo-opus Das Seelenbrechen is a trip down the rabbit hole. This is not just restless reinvention for the sake of throwing out the past but rather a revealing of more layers and a sharpening of corners. “M” is delicate prog turned Floyd blues freak out. Space and ritual bells come at you on some tracks. Invisible siamese twins and stunning ambient poetry flitter up against stuff so harsh (i.e.: “Tacit 2” is an edifice crumbling into endless shadows) it competes with the most intense shit of OvO , Rotting Christ, Oslo’s Årabrot or Today Is The Day’s Sadness Will Prevail era. Think drums as falling beams, courtesy of Leprous drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson.

Das Seelenbrechen does not babysit you, like a purgatory of growth. This is the Orobouros throwing aside fear as it eats it’s tail. Haunting. Inspiring. Controlled/Chaotic.

‘I don’t know what I fear the most. What I am or what I’m not”. – Ihsahn from “PULSE”

Click HERE to read the interview!

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Full Album Stream: Ihsahn – Eremita

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:02 AM (PST)

Ihsahn, the former vocalist/guitarist from the legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor, is streaming his new album Eremita.  The album is due out today June 19, 2012 under Candlelight Records.

Click here to listen to the album.

Eremita will be Ishsahn’s fourth solo album and the follow up to 2010′s After, which was the final album in a planned trilogy, so this is a bit of a new beginning musically. Ihsahn recently had this to say about the new material:

“This is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jørgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.”

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Cover Art Battle: Winds, Flames, & Waves

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Another week, more album cover art to discover. New bands. Tenured bands. Enough shenanigans. Time for you to go and vote.

That is all.

***WINNER*** Spineshank – Anger Denial Acceptance (Century Media)
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New Music: Ihsahn – “Introspection”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM (PST)

Ihsahn, the former vocalist/guitarist from the legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor, has released a new single from his upcoming solo album Eremita.  The song is called “Introspection” and features the mighty Devin Townsend on guest vocals.

Click here to listen to the new song.

Eremita will be Ishsahn’s fourth solo album and the follow up to 2010’s After, which was the final album in a planned trilogy, so this is a bit of a new beginning musically.  The release is planned for June 19, 2012 under Candlelight Records.

Ihsahn recently had the following to say about recording the album:

“This is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jørgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.”

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Former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihashan will make his first American solo appearance at ProgPower USA, scheduled September 14-17 at Center Stage in Atlanta. Confirmed by festival organizer Glenn Harveston, Ihashan replaces Arcturus on the Friday evening lineup of the popular music festival. Tickets are nearly sold out; fans are encouraged to buy tickets now.

Ihashan comments, “I am very excited to get the opportunity to play at ProgPower. My backing band, Leprous, played the festival last year and had a fantastic time. Given the nature of my solo-material, I believe this festival will be a great place to present it live.  I have already performed at several festivals/shows in Europe in 2009/2010 and will do a few more this year.”

Get further details here.

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Ihsahn Confirmed for Japan’s Kabuto Metal Fest 2011

Posted by Christine on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM (PST)

Ihsahn has been confirmed to take part in this year’s “Dark Side” day of the Kabuto Metal Festival 2011 in Japan.
The festival will be hosted both in Osaka and Tokyo and features a “White Side” and a “Dark Side” day.

The Dark Side day takes place on May 22 in Tokyo at Studio Coast venue.

Dark Side day line-up:

MORBID ANGEL
THE HAUNTED
IHSAHN
ORIGIN
ROTTEN SOUND
LEPROUS

More info on the Kabuto Festival can be found here.

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Norwegian Spellemann Award Nominations

Posted by Christine on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM (PST)

The nominees are in for 2010’s “Best Metal Album” and Enslaved have been nominated for the sixth time. The Spellemann Awards are the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy Awards.

Nominees for “Best Metal Album”:

Enslaved – “Axioma Ethica Odini”
Shining (NO) – “Blackjazz”
Ihsahn – “After”
Solefald – “Norrøn livskunst”

Out of the five previous years Enslaved have been nominated, they took home the statue for three releases in a row: “Isa” (2004), “Ruun” (2006) and “Vertebrae” (2008).

The ceremonies will take place in Oslo, Norway at the Spektrum on March 5th.

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Album Review: Ihsahn – “After”

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM (PST)

Set upon the branches and framework of a classically inspired composition, “After” is a progressive black jazz metal odyssey. This is the only way to describe Ihsahn’s final opus of his planned musical trilogy. The mastermind of legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor takes us on a trip we never expected or planned to take. With progressive guitar riffs and black metal vocal stylings, Ihsahn weaves a tapestry of unforeseen dimensions and depth by taking those traditional metal elements and interweaving them with a classically trained structure and intersperses it with the free form jazz elements of saxophonist Jurgen Munkeby.

“After” opens with the progressive metal guitar riff of “The Barren Lands” which eventually gives way to black metal vocals and lyrics that twists into an Opeth-like chorus and bridge. “A Grave Inversed” opens with a black metal bombardment that quickly breaks down into a chaotic free jazz saxophone accompaniment with progressive guitar-laden movements. Dramatic harmonies, soulful yet guttural vocals, foreboding guitar riffs, classical movements – the epitome of these aspects are shown in the two epics, “Undercurrent” and the closing “On the Shores.” Both masterpieces create emotional transitions from melancholy to rage to hopelessness to desperation by their use of complex movements of pounding drums, harsh vocals, and screeching guitars to haunting saxophone melodies, gentle vocals, and smooth guitar melodies.

Each track is produced and composed to the finest of detail which unlocks the beautiful genius of each individual track and overall composition. “After” is an awe-inspiring amalgamation of progressive black metal infused with free jazz that pushes the traditional boundaries and genres of heavy metal music that will inspire a new generation of musical artists.