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Below is our complete Ihsahn news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Leprous To Perform With Ihsahn At Wacken

Norwegian metallers Leprous have announced they will perform as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn at the Wacken Festival in Germany and the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic. Leprous' upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/13 2010 Garage Bergen, Hordaland
6/18 2010 Hellfest - As Ihsahn’s backingband Clisson, Pays de la Loire
8/6 2010 Wacken - As Ihsahn’s backing band Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/14 2010 Brutal Assault - As Ihsahn’s backing band JAROMER
10/3 2010 ProgPower Europe Baarlo

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Ihsahn Posts New Album E-Card

Candlelight Records has posted a new e-card online for Ihsahn's upcoming album "After." The e-card, which contains a compilation sample of several different tracks from the album, can be found at this location. "After" will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on January 26th.

The track listing for "After" is as follows:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores

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Ihsahn To Play Wacken Open Air Festival

The Wacken Open Air website has been updated to announced that solo artist Ihsahn, who has previously been involved with Emperor and Peccatum, has been confirmed for the German festival. The Wacken Open Air Festival will take place August 5th to August 7th, 2010. Ihsahn's upcoming album "After" will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on January 26th.

The track listing for "After" is as follows:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores

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Leprous Confirmed For ProgPower Europe

Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian metallers Leprous has issued the following update about appearing at the ProgPower Europe 2010 festival:

"We are delighted to announce that Leprous has been invited to ProgPower Europe 2010 in The Netherlands the first weekend in October (the exact date for the Leprous show hasn't been set yet)! This will be the first chance ever for the Dutch audience to witness a Leprous-show! We hope to see you all there! For more info, check out this location."

Leprous have also announced they will be performing as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn at the Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France. Hellfest will take place from June 18th - 20th 2010.

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Leprous To Play As Backing Band For Ihsahn

Norwegian metallers Leprous have announced they will be performing with solo artist Ihsahn at the Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France. Hellfest will take place from June 18th - 20th 2010. More information on Hellfest can be found at this location. Leprous have also announced they will be supporting Pagan's Mind at the Garage in Bergen on February 13th, 2010.

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Ihsahn Posts New Studio Recording Video

Ihsahn has posted a second studio video report online from the recording sessions for "After." The video clip, which can be viewed below, shows the recording of saxophones, vocals, and drums.


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Ihsahn Streaming New Song Online

Guitar World Magazine has premiered the first song from former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn’s forthcoming new album "After." The track “Frozen Lakes on Mars” can be heard at this location.

Recorded during the first half of 2009, "After" completes Ihsahn's planned trilogy of initial recordings. "After" will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on January 26th. The track listing for "After" is as follows:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores

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Ihsahn Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions today confirmed that Ihsahn's new album "After" will be released on January 25th in Europe and January 26th in the US. Recorded during the first half of 2009, "After" completes the musician’s planned trilogy of initial recordings. The album also includes appearances by drummer Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect), bassist Lars K. Norberg (Spiral Architect), & saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining).

"This is my first album written with 8-string guitars as basis which has been both challenging and inspiring,” commented Ihsahn. “I also decided early on that I wanted to mix this album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia) and recorded the album with that in mind. Asgeir and Lars have again delivered superb performances. I've always wanted to implement the saxophone in my music; Jorgen’s contributions truly added a silver lining to the album."

"After" was recorded at Ihsahn's own Symphonique Studio, with additional work at Toproom Studio (co-engineered by Borge Finstad). “I have felt more confident and more at ease with the material,” relays Ihsahn. “In letting the songs themselves lead the way I just followed the natural impulses." Early discussions in regards to "After" are indicating more live activities but where and when currently remains a secret.

The track listing for "After" is as follows:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores

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Ihsahn Auctioning Off Guitar

Ihsahn has issued the following announcement about auctioning off a guitar he used during his time with Emperor, Peccatum, and his solo work:

"Over the years, Ihsahn’s guitar-collection has grown considerably, especially since he started working with Ibanez, and space is becoming an issue. His old Esp is already on it’s way to the Rockheim museum in Trondheim and now we’ve decided to auction the trusted Jackson DK1.

"This Jackson Dinky has served as one of Ihsahn's main guitars for over a decade both in the studio and on the road. It can be heard on such Emperor recordings as 'IX Equilibrium', 'Prometheus' and even seen on the Live DVD 'Emperial Live Ceremony', several Peccatum albums and his first solo album; 'The Adversary', doing it’s last service on the first Emperor reunion shows in 2006. The guitar is in very good condition and has few cosmetic flaws.

"Comes in original case and can be signed depending on the buyers wishes.

Model: DK1 USA
Body: Poplar
Neck: Maple/Bolt-on
Fretboard: Ebony with shark-tooth inlays
Bridge: Floyd Rose Orig.
Pickups: Seymore Duncan
Colour: Black
Prod. Year: 1997
Serialnr: 004675

"Shipment costs comes on top, and will depend on where in the world the guitar ends up."

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Ihsahn Working On New Album

Solo artist Ihsahn, formerly of Emperor and Peccatum, has announced that he is working on a new album titled "After." Ihsahn has posted a studio video online for the recording of the album, which can be viewed below. Mnemosyne Productions issued the following statement about the video clip:

"We would like to share the first studio report from Ihsahn’s forthcoming album After. This footage features mainly the initial guitar recordings, and gives a hint or two of the musical direction of the album. WARNING: This episode features absolutely no excitement, enthusiasm or action of any kind. Welcome to the world of the solo artist!" More...

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Ihsahn Posts "Scarab" Live Video Online

Ihshan has posted a video clip of the performance of the song "Scarab" at a show in Oslo, Norway, which can be viewed below. Mnemosyne Productions has issued the following statement about the video clip:

"From the first ever Ihsahn live show, we would now like to share the song “Scarab” from angL with you. Ihsahn is using a young and very talented band, Leprous, from our hometown as backing band. This is footage taken with our own camera. It was placed on top of a box behind the sound area, a box that did not particularly like the sound waves of the bass drum, so that is why it is a bit 'shaky' at times. Apart from that it turned out okay." More...

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Too Much Is Never Enough: Technical Metal in 2009

Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.

So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...

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Ihsahn Issues Show Recap And Live Photos

Mnemosyne Productions has issued the following update about Ihsahn's recent live show supporting Opeth in Oslo:

"We would like to share with you all some photos taken at Ihsahn’s debut show, as support act for Opeth, Rockefeller Oslo 10th of March. The show was sold out weeks in advance.

“I felt well prepared for the show, and luckily all technical aspects worked out to our advantage, so that the overall experience for me and my band was extremely positive. The feedback from the audience was amazing, and many thought that the songs gained an extra dimension by being performed in a live setting. We are all now looking forward to play Oslo Live, in front of Akershus Festning, 3rd of July”, Ihsahn says.

"Mnemosyne Productions will later share with you some live footage from the show."

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Ihsahn Announces Extra Live Oslo Show In July

Mnemosyne Productions has issued the following announcement about Ihsahn performing two upcoming live shows:

"Ihsahn is performing his first ever concert as a solo artist on March 10th, supporting Opeth at Rockefeller, Oslo. This show was soon sold out, and we know that many fans and friends were not able to get tickets. Mnemosyne Productions are therefore especially happy to announce that there is another opportunity to see Ihsahn live this year: On July 3rd, you can catch him at Oslo Live festival.

"This will be one of extremely few and selected appearances of Ihsahn this year. We will be back with more detailed information closer to the event."

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Ihsahn's Support For Opeth Scaled Back To One Show

A previous announcement confirmed that Ihsahn would support Opeth for the majority of shows on their forthcoming Norwegian Tour in March. However, more detailed production planning has revealed technical and practical difficulties at many of the smaller venues, and it has proven near impossible to run the necessary production. This means that Ihsahn will only be performing at Rockefeller/Oslo on March 10th.

Ihsahn comments: “The situation is unfortunate as I have really been looking forward to this tour and put a lot of effort in preparations. Still, the practical difficulties at many of the venues would only compromise the conditions for both bands and audience so one needs to be realistic. The Oslo gig is still on though, and fans will no doubt get their monies worth at the remaining Opeth shows”

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Ihsahn To Support Opeth On Norwegian Tour

IHSAHN will support OPETH on their upcoming Norwegian live performances arranged by Rikskonsertene/Statnett.

Ihsahn had this to say about the live dates:

"I've been getting quite a few live-offers for my solo stuff, but haven't found time to prioritize this until now. I feel this is an opportunity to try out the material live on my home-ground and to travel with a great band like Opeth while doing it."

Here are the tour dates:

Tuesday 10th of March - Oslo, Rockefeller?
Wednesday 11th of March - Trondheim, Samfundet?
Thursday 12th of March - Volda, Rokken?
Friday 13th of March - Sogndal, Meieriet?
Saturday 14th of March - Bergen, USF Verftet?
Sunday 15th of March - Stavanger, Folken?
Wednesday 18th March - Drammen, Union Scene

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Ihsahn Comments On Latest Album And Emperor Rumors

In a recent interview with Sevenstrings, Ishahn of Emperor fame commented on his latest album and rumors about whether Ross Robinson was slated to produce the fifth Emperor album. Excerpts from the interview are below.

SS: When I first started preparing for this interview it dawned on me that, for a guy who's only in his thirties, you've already achieved an amazing amount as a musician. How does it feel to know that you've recorded albums that have defined a genre and are now regarded as classics?

I: In general, I think I’ve been very lucky having had this as a career since I was 16 when we signed to Candlelight in 1991. Very lucky considering; I’m from Norway (which in itself does not spell out "potential international music-career") and I started my career by playing one of the most infamous and un-commercial forms of music to date. Things are different now, but 1991 was Death Metal era, and Black Metal was close to nothing. Getting back to your question; it is a double-edged sword, I guess. I am of course proud of previous albums and things I’ve achieved. However, with Emperor kind of living a life on it’s own, it is sometimes like being my own little-brother, with all my current work being compared to things I did as a teenager. At 32 I do not feel retired, I am just as passionate about my music as I ever was and I still believe my best is yet to come! More...

Read the full article at Seven Strings.

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Ihsahn E-Card Available

Candlelight records have posted all of the songs from Ihsahn's upcoming album "AngL" online as an e-card. The album can be heard here.

"AngL" will be released in the U.S. on May 27th, and will feature Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth performing guest vocals on the track "Unhealer".

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Release Date Announced for Upcoming Ihsahn Album

Candlelight Records has confirmed May 27 as the American release date for "angL", the second solo album from former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. The album features nine new songs and will have guest performances by drummer Asgeir Mickelson (Borknagar), bassist Lars Koppang Norberg (Spiral Architect) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth).

Recorded and mixed by Ihsahn at Symphonique Studios in Notodden, Norway (the studio owned by Ihsahn and partner Heidi Tveitan), additional work was completed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios and Borge Finnstad (Mayhem, Borknagar) at Toproom Studios. Commenting about the record’s musical collaborations, "Asgeir did such a great job on my last album, that while in preproduction for angL I programmed a much more generic drum track to leave more creative license for him. It was on Asgeir’s recommendation that Lars contribute to the album. They both recorded at Asgeir’s studio (Multimono Studios) and it came together nicely."

Commenting about working with Mikael Akerfeldt, "Mikael and I go back as friends since the early nineties. We met up when Emperor headlined Wacken in 2006 and had a great time watching bands together. We talked then about doing something together at some point and in spite of busy schedules on both sides this luckily came to happen. Rough mixes of "Unhealer" with lyrics were sent to Mikael with the idea for both clean and growl vocals. He worked on it during his off-time recording the new Opeth album. I could not be any happier with the results."

Writing for angL began early in 2007 and picked up momentum after the Emperor US performances early last summer. "I knew to a greater extent where I wanted to go with this album, though I feel all albums are a kind of struggle to overcome. Regardless of how many you make, it never gets any easier." An aggressive schedule to complete the album, in addition to recording projects for Hardingrock (in which Ihsahn also contributes) and Starofash (released February 26), Ihsahn completed album tracking in early December.

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Opeth Frontman To Appear On New Ihsahn Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has recorded a guest appearance on the track "Unhealer" from the forthcoming solo album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn, entitled "angL".

Commented Ihsahn: "We've been talking about doing something for a while and I'm really happy it finally came together. Needless to say, Mikael's performance is nothing short of amazing!"

Asgeir Mickelson and Lars Norberg (both of SPIRAL ARCHITECT) were responsible for laying down the drum and bass tracks on the CD, respectively. Ihsahn said, "Asgeir and Lars have delivered a rock-solid foundation for the whole album. Pounding blast-beats to slow fretless passages are all performed with great precision."

"angL" is tentatively due mid-spring via Mnemosyne Productions/Candlelight Records.

Ihsahn previously described the musical direction of the new CD as "a natural progression from 'The Adversary' [2006], but with a somewhat heavier touch."

"The Adversary" entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 33 upon its release in 2006. The CD was written and recorded over a one-year period at Symphonique Studios in Norway and features a guest appearance by Garm from ULVER on one song. All music and lyrics for "The Adversary" were written and performed by Ihsahn with exception of drums, which were played by Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT).

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