Ihsahn - Eremita


8.1 | 277 votes |
Release date: 18 June 2012
Style: Extreme progressive metal, Avantgarde metal

Owners:

270 have it
41 want it


01. Arrival
02. The Paranoid
03. Introspection
04. The Eagle And The Snake
05. Catharsis
06. Something Out There
07. Grief
08. The Grave
09. Departure
10. Recollection [deluxe edition bonus]

Line-up
Ihsahn - bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals

Session musicians
Jørgen Munkeby - saxophone
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums

Guest musicians
Heidi Solberg Tveitan - vocals
Einar Solberg - vocals
Devin Townsend - vocals
Jeff Loomis - guitars

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
9.0
Shovel parting earth and an unnerving scream signal an imminently approaching force. A force to be reckoned with it is one which mouths to you your own doubts and brings you to question your own sanity. The listener will find themselves in a position from which they cannot move, fastened tight within a straight-jacket of exceptionally resilient musical compositions.

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published 04.11.2012 | Comments (17)

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20.06.2012 - 21:47
Slayerus23
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Ihsahnwesome.
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21.06.2012 - 00:34
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Wow, their is alot going on within each song, even if he has shortened them up a bit this time. I am going to need to listen thoroughly to really dissect this album. Terrific stuff.
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22.06.2012 - 20:08
Night Sight
I cant's feel the album content ,it is variety of everything and it hasnt clear sound but i surely can say it is one step back form after not as great as after ,the atmosphere ishas not the feeling of black metal except in few songs like the paranoid
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24.06.2012 - 00:20
Rating: 10
AXA
I cant say any think .. just what i feel ///its an amazing album ,nice dark work, i feel it ...Thanks Ihsahn \../,
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24.06.2012 - 18:47
MechanisT
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Better than After, dammit. >:[
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24.06.2012 - 18:51
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 18.06.2012 at 15:36

Not bad.

So "Not Bad" gets a 10 from you? Does bad get a 9? I'm sorry if i sound a little rude, but either your opinion on the album changed drastically from when you wrote that comment to when you last updated your rating for the album, or you have no idea how to rate an album.
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24.06.2012 - 18:54
Neroese
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Written by Alex F on 24.06.2012 at 18:51

Written by Guest on 18.06.2012 at 15:36

Not bad.

So "Not Bad" gets a 10 from you? Does bad get a 9? I'm sorry if i sound a little rude, but either your opinion on the album changed drastically from when you wrote that comment to when you last updated your rating for the album, or you have no idea how to rate an album.


As I wrote - not bad:)
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26.06.2012 - 06:29
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.06.2012 at 18:33

Yet another sloppy mixture of prog and melodic black metal, albeit with more of an extreme feel and less saxophone abuse. This guy just stands on the edge of being able to deliver so much more but never knows when to cut down on the bullshit. A high 6 or low 7 is in order here in my opinion - moments of brilliance held back by a convoluted execution. He needs to condense his ideas and focus on playing out one riff at a time before throwing the kitchen sink at it.

Does Ihriel sing on this or not? She's listed on the band page (guest musician) but not on the album page. If not, probably won't bother with it, as I wasn't too impressed with AngL.
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26.06.2012 - 06:33
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by M C Vice on 26.06.2012 at 06:29
Does Ihriel sing on this or not?

I'm pretty sure I remember hearing female vocals somewhere, so I'm assuming it's her. Very scarce if I recall correctly - admittedly I was more focused on trying to navigate through this mess and wasn't too focused on whether or not he brought the wife around to help.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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26.06.2012 - 06:50
Rating: 10
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by M C Vice on 26.06.2012 at 06:29

Does Ihriel sing on this or not? She's listed on the band page (guest musician) but not on the album page. If not, probably won't bother with it, as I wasn't too impressed with AngL.


She sings in "Departure". Just a few seconds, so don't bother Anyway, this one is nothing like Angl.
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26.06.2012 - 10:31
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.06.2012 at 06:33

Written by M C Vice on 26.06.2012 at 06:29
Does Ihriel sing on this or not?

I'm pretty sure I remember hearing female vocals somewhere, so I'm assuming it's her. Very scarce if I recall correctly - admittedly I was more focused on trying to navigate through this mess and wasn't too focused on whether or not he brought the wife around to help.

Written by Unhealer on 26.06.2012 at 06:50


She sings in "Departure". Just a few seconds, so don't bother Anyway, this one is nothing like Angl.


Thanks. I like Peccatum and Star Of Ash, so I was hoping for a duet or something. I don't reckon Ihsahn's voice suits the music he does solo (based on AngL). He need to either do something different with his voice, or go back to black metal. The proggy stuff and the rasp just don't gel for me.
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26.06.2012 - 15:22
Rating: 5
Warman
Erotic Stains
No, I did not like this. "The Adversary" was a great album with some brilliant moments, the same goes for the two releases after that one, but not really as good. "Eremita" is... nothing new in my opinion. I feel that Ihsahn can do much more than release the same album again. This time I'm pretty much fed up with it. Live up to your potential, damn it! I'm dissapointed even though my expectations weren't that high to begin with.
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26.06.2012 - 16:25
Rating: 10
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by M C Vice on 26.06.2012 at 10:31

Thanks. I like Peccatum and Star Of Ash, so I was hoping for a duet or something. I don't reckon Ihsahn's voice suits the music he does solo (based on AngL). He need to either do something different with his voice, or go back to black metal. The proggy stuff and the rasp just don't gel for me.


Yep, two great bands. I didn't dig too deep in Adversary and Angl yet to compare, but I think he is doing great with prog his latest releases. When I first heard After, I also complained about his vocals but I got used to them later.
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28.06.2012 - 21:18
Frankthetank727
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.06.2012 at 18:33

Yet another sloppy mixture of prog and melodic black metal, albeit with more of an extreme feel and less saxophone abuse. This guy just stands on the edge of being able to deliver so much more but never knows when to cut down on the bullshit. A high 6 or low 7 is in order here in my opinion - moments of brilliance held back by a convoluted execution. He needs to condense his ideas and focus on playing out one riff at a time before throwing the kitchen sink at it.


I'm curious as to what you would cite as "sloppy" and "bullshit." I've listened to it everyday basically since I bought it and I thought all the mixture of genres felt natural and were well executed. Maybe some of the songs on this album compared to the last two are less complex, but as a whole album, it really feels varied yet cohesive. All of it just makes sense and I like how he managed to use the Sax differently on this album. Alot of people rag on the saxophone but I really like it. I hope you're not one of those fans of his who just hopes hes going to go back to playing Emperor type songs because that's just not going to happen. He's relatively young, and I feel like all his solo albums speak very differently for themselves and this album was a great follow up to After. I mean, who knows, the next album could end up being the heaviest thing he has ever written--he's pretty unpredictable.
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29.06.2012 - 05:38
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Frankthetank727 on 28.06.2012 at 21:18
I'm curious as to what you would cite as "sloppy" and "bullshit." ... I hope you're not one of those fans of his who just hopes hes going to go back to playing Emperor type songs because that's just not going to happen.

I've listened to it twice now and honestly I just can't give it any serious dedication because I keep picking apart pieces that I find to be out of place. I've found all of his solo work to be like that - to me it sounds out of focus, as if it contains a wide variety of interesting elements that unfortunately don't gel together either because the elements he's chosen don't work cohesively for me or simply because he fails to execute the combining process efficiently. That being said, I'm hardly a fan of Emperor (Anthems and the split with Enslaved were both good in my opinion) so this isn't one of those biased opinions from someone upset at the change in direction from a symphonic black metal band to an extreme progressive metal project.
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30.06.2012 - 01:44
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
So is Heidi Ihsahn's sister?
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30.06.2012 - 03:25
Rating: 10
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by LeChron James on 30.06.2012 at 01:44

So is Heidi Ihsahn's sister?


No, his wife.
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30.06.2012 - 04:19
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
Written by Unhealer on 30.06.2012 at 03:25

No, his wife.

Huh, even more interesting. In all honesty, if it were his mom I woulda laughed my ass off haha
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Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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30.06.2012 - 18:05
Night Sight
Departue is really great song with good begining and also it continiue well Ihriel sings very well,the paranoid is very well done but the rest of the album was not what i expected from ihsahn
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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06.07.2012 - 18:45
Rating: 9
Socko
One of the best 2012 records so far. I was blown away with After, this one i can say is as good or just a little better
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18.07.2012 - 21:35
Rating: 8
Susan
Smeghead
OH my god this album is luscious.

Agreed with the consensus: it's even better than the glorious After. Take everything you loved from After and make it more streamlined, more focused, more beautiful, and more mature. End result is THIS ALBUM.
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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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13.09.2012 - 01:11
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Pretty good, little off put by the sax, sometimes it just doesn't fit.
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forever bummed out
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05.11.2012 - 02:26
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
I haven't listened to any of Ihsahn's solo stuff since Angl, but now my curiosity is piqued.

Also, I wonder if Ihsahn and his wife call themselves by their respective nicknames around the house hahahahah

"IHSAHN COME CLEAN THIS SHIT UP!"
"SHUT UP WOMAN I'M DOING MUSIC!"
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Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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14.07.2013 - 19:52
Rating: 7
Dentura
Shadow King
I personally prefer After to Eremita, but what is offered here is really good too! It didn't make my Top 20 list from last year, but it's still a grower and and has much packed into it.
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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 - 16:03
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Susan on 18.07.2012 at 21:35

OH my god this album is luscious.

Agreed with the consensus: it's even better than the glorious After. Take everything you loved from After and make it more streamlined, more focused, more beautiful, and more mature. End result is THIS ALBUM.


Yet your rating for After is a 9
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31.08.2013 - 23:35
Rating: 10
Atrus
After is much better than this, was an epic album. But I still need a few more listens to digest Eremita. The Grave is "odd" but with nice drums. Maybe without Grief + The Grave this album would be better...
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17.11.2013 - 11:01
Rating: 10
Atrus
After lot of listens, this album is awesome, allways same experience with Ihsahn.
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