Ihsahn Premieres “Stridig” Music Video

Ihsahn has premiered a new video for his new song “Stridig.” This track is from his new EP “Telemark.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will feature the following songs:

01. “Stridig”
02. “Nord”
03. “Telemark”
04. “Rock And Roll Is Dead” (Lenny Kravtiz cover)
05. “Wrathchild” (Iron Maiden cover)

Ihsahn Teases New Music

Ihsahn (Emperor) has posted a teaser for his new EP “Telemark” (out February 14). The first single from the effort is expected to be released on December 13. As previously reported, “Telemark” is the first of two EPs that the frontman plans to release.

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Ihsahn To Release First Of Two New EPs In February

Ihsahn (Emperor) has revealed that he is planning to release two new EPs. The first one, “Telemark” (out February 14), will focus on the heavy side of the frontman’s music, while a follow up EP will focus on the progressive side of his music.

Ihsahn told Prog the following:

“Having released full-length records nearly every second year since I was 16, I felt it might be time to try something else. Also, I wanted to approach what I do in a way that felt natural but also to try to adapt it to the way that music is now performed and experienced.”

“I have seven solo albums out now, so the first EP is like a small recap, in a way. I did touch on some of the same thematics with Arktis but this time it’s closer to home, both musically and, dare I say, culturally.”

“The plan is to then follow up this EP with its aesthetic and musical counterpart, wherein I can distil all those more progressive, experimental and mellow elements of my music. Ultimately, it’s all a means for me to get some of those ideas out of my system, giving myself space before I delve into the next album!”

“The title of the EP is Telemark – it’s the county I grew up in and still live in, so the whole thing is situated there and very much inspired by that. So you could say it’s a roots-orientated album. I decided early on that I wanted this to be very purely related to black metal aesthetics.”

“I wanted to distil the basic, bare bones black metal influences of my musical roots, given the overall concept, writing something for and from Telemark. I decided to do Norwegian lyrics for the first time, too. It feels very much closer to home in many ways.”

Ihsahn Premieres “Until I Too Dissolve” Live Video

Ihsahn has premiered a new live video for “Until I Too Dissolve.” He said the following about the clip:

“This Live version of “Until I Too Dissolve” was part of an exclusive performance at Mnemosyne Production´s Motstrøms. Celebrating over two decades of artistic collaborations, Mnemosyne gathered Starofash, Leprous, Ihsahn, Emperor and many other friends and colleagues for a local show at Myrens Dam in Notodden, Telemark, Norway.”

Ihsahn Is In The Studio

It looks like Ihsahn has been working on new music with Tobias Ørnes Andersen (Shiner, etc.) at Juke Joint Studio in Notodden, Norway. He posted the following:

Ihsahn Announces European Tour With Ne Obliviscaris & Astrosaur

Ihsahn has announced a headlining European tour. Ne Obliviscaris and Astrosaur will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
10/30 Copenhagen, DEN – Lille Vega
10/31 Hamburg, GER – Logo
11/01 Cologne, GER – Luxor
11/03 Leeds, UK – Damnation
11/04 Eindhoven, NET – The Progressive Alliance
11/05 Paris, FRA – La Machine
11/06 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
11/07 Milan, ITA – Santeria Social Club
11/09 Vienna, AUT – Szene
11/10 Prague, CZE – Palac Akropolis
11/11 Budapest, HUN – A38

Ihsahn Premieres “Arcana Imperii” Video

Ihsahn has premiered a new video for his new song “Arcana Imperii.” This track features a guest solo from Opeth‘s Fredrik Åkesson, and it will appear on Ihsahn’s new album “Àmr” (out May 4).

Ihsahn commented:

“As with previous albums, I’ve tried to maintain a certain diversity throughout ‘Àmr‘, with every track having a somewhat individual identity. So, as a first introduction, I felt ‘Arcana Imperii‘ contained several key elements from the whole album and was a logical choice as first single and video.”

[via Metal Hammer]