Ihsahn - After


8.4 | 395 votes |
Release date: 25 January 2010
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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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

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
BitterCOld
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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29.03.2010 - 04:53
Rating: 9
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
Excellent album....man that sax is freekin sexy. Best of the trilogy by a long shot.
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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09.04.2010 - 19:27
Rating: 10
Dark Doom
This album is really musically masterwork
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21.04.2010 - 13:42
gudermintjener
Great album!
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21.04.2010 - 14:09
Thrash
Written by gudermintjener on 21.04.2010 at 13:42

Great album!
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Metal takes hold death starts to unfold
It's loud like the worlds at an end
Your in a blood fury the metal won't stop
Onlookers they bang at command
Cutting your palm and drinking your blood
The power that few others dare
You feed the need to go
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19.07.2010 - 13:43
DrM
DreaMutilated
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
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28.08.2010 - 06:49
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
"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!
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24.09.2010 - 00:32
Rating: 8
Czerny Reiter
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.
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02.10.2010 - 08:10
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
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.
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03.10.2010 - 02:45
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
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
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23.11.2010 - 04:10
On_the_Rock
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.
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23.11.2010 - 07:12
Rating: 9
Susan
Smeghead
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.
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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18.02.2011 - 02:34
Rating: 10
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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.
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14.06.2011 - 01:04
Rating: 9
beyondtehdarksun
I still wonder why this one is not rated higher...
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"We are blind to the world within us, waiting to be born"
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27.06.2011 - 03:39
Rating: 8
Aetherius
Great album ^^
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20.07.2011 - 19:02
Night Sight
Classic,fantastic,perfect
my favorite album of all time
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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24.08.2011 - 17:59
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
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/
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18.06.2012 - 02:12
Rating: 10
Slyfang
I cannot comprehend why this album isn't rated higher than The Adversary and angL. This is just SO much better every single aspect
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14.07.2013 - 19:48
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
Great release, one of the first metal CDs I bought and it always leaves an impression.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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18.08.2013 - 16:06
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
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.
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08.08.2014 - 05:43
Rating: 8
Diverge
Forgot about this album! It's pretty damn great.
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26.06.2016 - 07:52
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Very good progressive metal indeed, his clean vocal so beautiful. I think It will be more awesome if there are so much clean vocal rather than harsh vocal, but prog element make this album much better.
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