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Release date: 25 January 2010
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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8.4 | 376 votes

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Disc I
01. The Barren Lands
02. A Grave Inversed
03. After
04. Frozen Lakes On Mars
05. Undercurrent
06. Austere
07. Heaven's Black Sea
08. On The Shores

Disc II [Limited Edition DVD - Live At The Rockefeller Festival In Oslo]
01. Intro
02. Invocation
03. Called By The Fire
04. Scarab
05. Emancipation
06. Unhealer
07. Misanthrope
08. Thus Spake The Nightspirit [Emperor cover]
09. Outro
+ Interview
+ Studio Reports

Review
Lyrics (4)


Line-up
Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan - Vocals, Guitars (lead, rhythm and acoustic), Keyboards
Asgeir Mickelson - Drums
Lars K. Norberg - Fretless bass
Jørgen Munkeby - Saxophone


Additional info
Release dates:
25th of January in Europe,
26th of January in USA.

In April 2010, Temple of Darkness Records released the vinyl version strictly limited to 500 copies. The album came in a double white marble LP fit in a glossy gatefold sleeve with alternate artwork.

Staff review by
Xnoybis

Rating:
8.0
After marks the third solo release of the former Emperor front man. I think, as the saying goes, "the third time's the charm" is fitting here. Ihsahn's prior two solo efforts were cerebral affairs that at times seemed perhaps too heady and just didn't click. This one seems to have fallen into place quite nicely.

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published 25.02.2010 | Comments (46)

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RockeRoy - 11.01.2010 at 23:37  
  This album is awsome!!!
Warman - 11.01.2010 at 23:49  
Rating: 7 Could be really interesting.
Uirapuru - 11.01.2010 at 23:56  
  Almost missed from my Wishlist I did not like his other full-lenghts, but im sure gonna listen to this.
PAOK1926 - 12.01.2010 at 17:23  
  One of the best i ve ever heard....wish to listen more awesome works like this in this year
frankeli - 16.01.2010 at 21:58  
  GOD DAMN IT! THIS IS WHAT ALL METAL IS ABOUT!!!!
H-metal - 25.01.2010 at 04:32  
Rating: 10 Album of the year...
Hamird - 25.01.2010 at 17:30  
Rating: 8 A Grave Inverse is very nice.. I haven't listened to the whole album, but what I've understood so far is it's better than angL, at least for me..
Mugthulhu - 25.01.2010 at 22:24  
  I was gonna buy it today, but the record store didn't have it..
Uirapuru - 26.01.2010 at 07:29  
 
Written by Hamird on 25.01.2010 at 17:30

A Grave Inverse is very nice.. I haven't listened to the whole album, but what I've understood so far is it's better than angL, at least for me..


Yes, for me too. Imo ''A Grave Inverse'' is the best song ever created by Ihsahn in this project.

I have listened to the whole album now, and it is a little better than I thought. ''The Barren Lands'' and the album title ''After'' are horrible, and kinda have ruined my good thoughts of Grave Inverse.

The other songs are pretty good thou, best Ihsahn work by far.
Longships - 26.01.2010 at 15:56  
Rating: 8 Undercurrent is a classic
Daydream Nation - 26.01.2010 at 23:06  
  A Grave Inversed and Undercurrent rock. This is my first experience with Ihsahn, but what a way to kick off 2010!
Clear Yakuza influence, though...
Eddie Misery - 27.01.2010 at 04:02  
Rating: 10 Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Absolutely seamless front to back, and follows suit from the last album well without being a mindless repetition. Absolutely love it.
Got Mayhem? - 29.01.2010 at 03:05  
Rating: 10 Much, much better than the other two solo releases. This is a very original, emotional work which left a smile on my face for a long time. An incredible way to kick off 2010 and will probably end up being one of the best albums of the year by far.
Valaskjalf - 29.01.2010 at 03:49  
Rating: 9 Profound album....you really hear the Emperor coming through in some of the songs! Much heavier and that 8-string brings another dimension. Big step up from the first 2 albums....still getting my head wrapped around it so my rating might still go up, epic.
bodomroy - 29.01.2010 at 14:59  
Rating: 8 Just one listening....... very good album!! on the shores sounds like pink floyd sometimes
Warman - 29.01.2010 at 15:22  
Rating: 7 Okay I never go after MS votes actually (except for some single users with taste here and there). But this looks really good and I loved "angL". Might pick this one up next week.
Dangerboner - 01.02.2010 at 07:09  
Rating: 8 I still need to listen to this more, but this is way better than his last two albums. I think he'll incorporate more singing from now on, which is fine with me since his growls haven't been good in years.

I hate the last song, but the rest went above my expectations.
Windiz - 09.02.2010 at 15:23  
Rating: 9 At first I was shocked, and then I was blowned away! Instant classic! Ihsahn delivers and delivers more. 10/10. Every singel song is a love love love!
Ted - 09.02.2010 at 17:00  
  Undercurrent .kick a**
the production of the album is excellent,:thumbup:
Ted - 09.02.2010 at 17:00  
  Undercurrent .kick a**
the production of the album is excellent,:thumbup:
Introspekrieg - 10.02.2010 at 21:09  
  Heavens Black Sea, Frozen Lakes On Mars, A Grave Inversed... shit, I love every song on this album. It's perfect.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 10
Opeth1992 - 12.02.2010 at 05:02  
  Don't have it yet, but I heard some of the songs and it sounds really awesome and progressive. Very much akin to Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend's solo work. Can't wait to get a hold of this.
X_grinder_X - 12.02.2010 at 20:53  
Rating: 9 Really good, Ihsahn never ends.
MetalheadSwe - 15.02.2010 at 16:48  
Rating: 10 This album is just amazing.
Xnoybis - 15.02.2010 at 18:32  
Rating: 8 Surprisingly good. i picked it up this weekend based on all the drooling and furious masturbating in this thread.

it's not going to crack my top 10 or anything, but it is a really good album.
Arhippigo - 17.02.2010 at 19:18  
Rating: 10 Best album released so far this year. That saxophone is simply brilliant.
Clintagram - 26.02.2010 at 20:42  
  I'm really wishing that he didn't use his harsh vocals. Or at least, get someone else to do them. I think his clean vocals work quite well in the passages I've heard. Not to mention, I quite enjoy the instrumentals. Progressive in the vein of Winds (Norway). I don't know about the sax, but hey, it's kind of '70s right?

It sounds pretty good. Nothing I'd probably buy, but good nonetheless. I just can't enjoy his harsh vocals though. They seem out of place. If he'd just team up with Garm or Marco Hietala or Simen Hestnæs...
Enemy of Reality - 27.02.2010 at 18:35  
Rating: 8 Ihsahn best post-Emperor album so far.
devosion - 01.03.2010 at 07:20  
Rating: 9 This album takes awhile to get into, but it's the best of Ihsahn's solo work yet. The inclusion of screeching saxophones work well with the heavy black metal riffs. My favorite surprise of 2010 yet.
3dd - 23.03.2010 at 13:51  
Rating: 6 Perfect performance, but angL was way better imo.
Valaskjalf - 29.03.2010 at 04:53  
Rating: 9 Excellent album....man that sax is freekin sexy. Best of the trilogy by a long shot.
Dark Doom - 09.04.2010 at 19:27  
Rating: 10 This album is really musically masterwork
gudermintjener - 21.04.2010 at 13:42  
  Great album!
Thrash - 21.04.2010 at 14:09  
 
Written by gudermintjener on 21.04.2010 at 13:42

Great album!
DrM - 19.07.2010 at 13:43  
  Does anyone know where I can find the lyrics?
The booklet contains nothing but images and Google, for the first time, has let me down
tea[m]ster - 28.08.2010 at 06:49  
Rating: 9 "UnderCurrent" is my favorite song...wow ..what a build up!

Along with Barren Earth's debut, this is a choice for album of the year!
Czerny Reiter - 24.09.2010 at 00:32  
Rating: 8 Conveys the desolate mood of the cold frozen wastes of another planet (or Norway) perfectly. Very strong contender for Prog of the year. Undercurrent and On the Shores are brilliant and timeless masterpieces and the Sax, no matter how "novelty factor for the sake of it" it may be, really pushes the envelope for the album.
Introspekrieg - 02.10.2010 at 08:10  
 
Written by Guest on 02.10.2010 at 03:45

I can't stand that devin townsend/syl sound ihsahn has added to this album.


What exactly is that... the production? I agree that many albums this year were over-produced, taking the rawness and atmosphere out, but didn't think this was one of them.
Introspekrieg - 03.10.2010 at 02:45  
 
Written by Guest on 03.10.2010 at 02:18

Written by Introspekrieg on 02.10.2010 at 08:10

Written by Guest on 02.10.2010 at 03:45

I can't stand that devin townsend/syl sound ihsahn has added to this album.


What exactly is that... the production? I agree that many albums this year were over-produced, taking the rawness and atmosphere out, but didn't think this was one of them.


Mostly the style how guitars, bass and drums sound; which of course are part of the production too. still the production overall has succeeded, maybe not my cup of tea. so the sound is now closer to what i mentioned: townsend/syl. Also some melodies, solos and song structures are a little closer to townsend. ok, i can stand this sound, but i would had been happier if ihsahn had chosen some other way to stay fresh.


I understand now, can definitely hear some Townsend-esque styles in this album, that may be why I like this one more than Ihsahn's previous efforts
On_the_Rock - 23.11.2010 at 04:10  
  HI. Excause my English, i'm from Ukraine. Our fans of Ihsahn have great request to english-speaking fans. It's about "After". SOMEBODY! please, write here lyrics from this album of Maestro, at least one song each. You can find 5 minutes of your own time and History won't forget it!!! :] there are no lyrics in Web, but i think, that listening to Ihsahn, most of your understand it by ear. We here discern only type words - cause of Maestro's extreme vocal :[ United Metal appeals to your ears! :]]] Russia, Belarus and Ukraine - here are thouthands of fans of Ihsahn and Emperor and nobody knows where to find lyrics of "After" even in English... With hope - Sergey.
Susan - 23.11.2010 at 07:12  
Rating: 9 Such an interesting album, definitely one of my best of the year. I love the use of saxophone, such a treat, but the atmosphere is what makes this album. The atmosphere provides such a unique cradle for the instrumentation and melodies to grow.

Love it.
Unhealer - 18.02.2011 at 02:34  
Rating: 10 Prog metal fans should really check out this album, for me it is the best one that 2010 gave us.
Awesome raw and clean vocals, fretless bass, intense riffing and the incorporation of the sax make of this album, if not multiple orgasm generator, an interesting listen.
beyondtehdarksun - 14.06.2011 at 01:04  
Rating: 9 I still wonder why this one is not rated higher...
Aetherius - 27.06.2011 at 03:39  
Rating: 8 Great album ^^
Night Sight - 20.07.2011 at 19:02  
  Classic,fantastic,perfect
my favorite album of all time
musicalkaratekid - 24.08.2011 at 17:59  
Rating: 9 The best of ihsahn's solo albums if im honest. I,like many other, love what he's done with the saxophones, but he has still maintained that epic, atmospheric sound found on all three ihsahn albums. Great piece of progressive metal\m/
Slyfang - 18.06.2012 at 02:12  
Rating: 10 I cannot comprehend why this album isn't rated higher than The Adversary and angL. This is just SO much better every single aspect
Dentura - 14.07.2013 at 19:48  
Rating: 8 Great release, one of the first metal CDs I bought and it always leaves an impression.
LeKiwi - 18.08.2013 at 16:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Slyfang on 18.06.2012 at 02:12

I cannot comprehend why this album isn't rated higher than The Adversary and angL. This is just SO much better every single aspect

Opinions mate....opinions Also you have to consider the fact that this album has several more votes than the previous albums, so I'm guessing that the lower score is a result of several voters stepping out of their comfort zone and sequentially rating the album lower than fans of this sort of music or band might.
Diverge - 08.08.2014 at 05:43  
Rating: 8 Forgot about this album! It's pretty damn great.

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