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Ihsahn

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4.09 | 36 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lend Me The Eyes Of Millennia (5:48)
2. Arcana Imperii (4:53)
3. Sßmr (5:27)
4. One Less Enemy (5:18)
5. Where You Are Lost And I Belong (5:13)
6. In Rites Of Passage (4:04)
7. Marble Soul (4:04)
8. Twin Black Angels (4:40)
9. Wake (4:25)

Total time 43:52

Bonus track on 2018 LP release:
10. Alone (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe) (11:12)

Line-up / Musicians

- Vegard Sverre Tveitan / vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synth, composer, producer

With:
- Fredrik Akesson / guitar solo (2)
- Tobias ěrnes Andersen / drums
- Angell Solberg Tveitan / marching drum (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Bj°rn Tore Moen (photo)

CD Candlelight Records ‎- CANDLE734875 (2018, Europe)

2xLP Candlelight Records ‎- CANDLE734877 (2018, UK) With a bonus track

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4.09
(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
5 stars There are some musicians who have had such a major impact on a genre that they have the right to be viewed in a different manner to mere mortals, and Ihsahn is surely one of these. He originally came to prominence as frontman, guitarist and keyboard player with legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor. They released classic albums like 1995's 'In The Nightside Eclipse' and 1997's 'Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk' before initially calling it a day in 2001, although they have returned a few times since then and are currently active again. However, Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) has gone on to release solo albums that have shown amazing diversity that look back to what he has achieved in the past while also looking ahead into pastures new, creating sounds and songs that captivate anyone who hears them.

With just drummer Tobias ěrnes Andersen, and a guest guitar solo on one number from Opeth's Fredrik Akesson, Ihsahn has created what to my ears is his most diverse and powerful solo release yet. There are songs, and sections of other songs, that could easily be played to a listener and they would have no comprehension that the man behind them has also produced some of the most amazing black metal anthems ever, as it bears no relationship to them at all. But, there are also times when he lets his past come back into the present, to create something that is taking the essence of Emperor and turning it into something new. Some of the songs may have gruff vocals, while other shown Ihsahn in a few more melodic and contemplative mood. It is this refusal to sit within any implied structure or rigour that makes this such an outstanding piece of work. One just never knows what is going to come next, what twist or turn is going to take place, and the result is a progressive metal album that is true to both words.

This is progressive music in its truest sense, attempting to take a genre and twist and meld it as opposed to siting inside one particular genre or another: the music is a breathing living beast and Ihsahn is sat there guiding it further and further into the dark bleak void. Ihsahn says, "Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time. So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds. It goes back to the beginning of Emperor, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of f.ex John Carpenter┤s Halloween. I've also been listening to some contemporary r'n'b and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It's just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well."

Listen to the delicacy of his vocals on "Where You Are Lost And I Belong", contrast that to what is going on musically, which is jagged and sparse, and there is no doubt that this is yet another classic that fans will be talking about for years to come. Ihsahn is undoubtedly one of the most important musical talents to come out of the Norwegian metal scene, and this is an essential release.

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