Original news, posted on 31.10.2009

Official press release

Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions today confirmed 25th of January as the European release date for After, and the 26th of January in America the new album from former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded during the first half of 2009, After completes the musician's planned trilogy of initial recordings. The album showcases the Norwegian icon with 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," he comments when discussing the creative process. "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."

Again working at his own Symphonique Studio, with additional work at Toproom Studio (co-engineered by Borge Finstad), After was meticulously laid out over an eight month period. The intensity of the project has more than paid off with early listenings already proclaiming it to be the most poignant creations of his solo efforts. "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."

After the demise of Emperor in 2001, Ihsahn continued his work with Peccatum, the band he formed in 1998 with life-partner Ihriel (Heidi Solberg Tveitan). After the release of 2005's mini-album, The Moribund People, his first writings of solo material began. Ihsahn's first recording, The Adversary, found the musician composing and performing all instruments and immediately struck a chord with his hordes of fans worldwide. The album afforded Ihsahn the opportunity to embrace more expansive sonic textures previously untouched in Emperor. The album also saw a return of his various lyrical muses. "Icaros, Lucifer, Prometheus, Zarathustra are all persons of history who challenged commonly accepted, most often enforced "truths," despite civilization's persecution of them and their followers," he comments. "Their stories are inspirational. AngL would follow in 2008. Metal Maniacs said, "whereas The Adversary was a sonic coping mechanism - all aspects of the album were tightly controlled - AngL finds the visionary widening and deepening the canvas." Decibel Magazine called the album, "as compelling as Emperor's best; Ihsahn sounds as fresh as he did fifteen years ago, but with the hindsight of a grown man." AngL featured a musical collaboration with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt for the song "The Unhealer."

Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) Award nominee Ihsahn (born Vegard Tveitan) began playing music at a very early age. As a teenager, his friendship with Tomas Haugen (a.k.a. Samoth) would trigger the start of his music career - one that to date includes over fifty individual recordings, five high-profile Emperor European tours (the band reaching US shores on only three occasions) and the respect of fans and peers worldwide. "Emperor is still one of my favorite bands. I count their compositions among some of the finest and most inspired that metal has ever produced," says Teeth of the Divine (formerly Digital Metal).

In mid-2009, Ihsahn gave his first live performance selecting material from his first two solo albums; the performance in Oslo supporting Opeth. Early discussions in regards to After are indicating more live activities but where and when currently remains a secret.

Confirmed track listing for After is:

01. The Barren Lands
02. A Grave Inversed
03. After
04. Frozen Lakes On Mars
05. Undercurrent
06. Austere
07. Heavens Black Sea
08. On Ohe Shores

UPDATE (thanks to Thanntos)

Guitar World Magazine premieres the first song from Ihsahn's upcoming album After. Listen to "Frozen Lakes on Mars" at this location.

Source: blogs.myspace.com
Band profile: Ihsahn
Posted: 03.11.2009 by White Winter Sun


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Black Conundrum - 01.11.2009 at 00:03  
That is interesting. Is this Ihsahn's last solo album or are these solo albums part of a trilogy separate from the rest of his future studio albums? Also, two guys from spiral Architect will be on this album. That's cool. Speaking of Spiral Architect, I wonder if or when they'll have some new material.
Zuzuz0r - 01.11.2009 at 19:24  
Interesting, I hope this album will be as good as AngL, I liked that album better than The Adversary.
finenecroshine - 01.11.2009 at 20:55  
"This is my first album written with 8-string guitars" ... Well, that looks like it's going to be pretty heavy and I truly hope so! Oh, how I wish it to be heavy!
Daggon - 01.11.2009 at 21:14  
I liked his last album, seems like 2010 will be a great year
Warman - 02.11.2009 at 14:19  
High hopes for this one.
Uirapuru - 03.11.2009 at 12:51  
Always checking out for Ihsahn releases... thats a very long piece of news.
ItalktotheWind - 03.11.2009 at 13:12  
This new songs sounds terrific, im quite a fan of all of his work.
corrupt - 03.11.2009 at 13:26  
Same ol' same ol'. Take a normal sentence but sing it like thiiiiiiiiiiiisssss. Stretching the last word of iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Do that in every sentence of the whole albuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum. There you have a typical Ihsahn recordiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.

Boy I miss the old times.
RhB - 03.11.2009 at 16:25  
I can't wait!
Opethian - 03.11.2009 at 23:32  
Hes a very talented musician, very excited for this release ! 2010 is starting to look very good !
Rexhungus - 06.11.2009 at 00:11  
I love Emperor and was saddened when they broke up. The nice thing about Ihsahn's solo album its like their an extension of Emperor. Yes its got his own style but honestly Prometheus ,Emperor's last album could have been considered a solo project. So even though I still miss Emperor Ihsahn's solo albums more than make up for that gap in Black/Death metal. I can't wait for Jan 26th I am going to get up and go straight to the store and buy it.

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