Album Review: Ihsahn – “Arktis”

ihsahn arktis cover Ihsahn‘s career has been a long one. As the front man and primary songwriter for the legendary Emperor, he’s kept himself busy for the better part of the last twenty years. So it came as a surprise that his solo project was not only so ambitious but perhaps that it existed at all. And ambitious is certainly putting it mildly. Since his first solo release as Ihsahn in 2006 he has explored progressive, experimental, ambient, atmospheric and rock n’roll inspired black metal. Ihsahn has composed symphonies, included free jazz saxophones, displayed an immense talent for vocals and generally done essentially whatever he wants. And that’s exactly what makes his new album Arktis so successful. Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov… Ihsahn

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Sure, Ihsahn looks a lot like Ricky Gervais with long hair and less of a gut. Sure, his albums can get pretty out there, especially recently. Ihsahn’s solo work is almost entirely bereft of references to Emperor’s work despite that band catapulting his career and garnering loads of praise. But his solo work is experimental, unique and forward-thinking. His musicianship and talent are almost unending. And his career arc has taken a leap into the more sparse style of music that leaves more room for listener interpretation. In that way, he even shares something with the great Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. So, today, we bring you The nine Circles ov…Ihsahn! Continue reading