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 has premiered a new video for his song “Lend Me The Eyes Of Millennia.” This track is from his latest album “Àmr.”
Ihsahn has announced a headlining European tour. Ne Obliviscaris and Astrosaur will serve as support.
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 is streaming a new song titled “Wake.” This track is from his new album “Àmr,” which will be released on May 4.
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).
“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]
Ihsahn (Emperor) has revealed the details for his new album “Ámr.“ That effort will be released on May 4, via Candlelight/Spinefarm.
“Ámr” Track Listing:
01. “Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millenia”
02. “Arcana Imperii” (feat. Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson)
04. “One Less Enemy”
05. “Where You Are Lost And I Belong”
06. “In Rites Of Passage”
07. “Marble Soul”
08. “Twin Black Angels”
Ihsahn had the following to say about longtime drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen and the guest solo from Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson on “Arcana Imperii“:
“It’s just lovely to work with Tobias. I know that he can technically handle anything I throw at him. But more importantly, when I say like; ‘I want this to feel like the vacuum between words in a conversation with Hannibal Lecter,’ he will say, ‘Yeah, I get that!’ [Laughs] So for him, it’s not about showing off, it’s always about relating to the vibe.
With Fredrik, we met first time in Oslo, when I did my debut solo show as support to Opeth and later we’ve hung out on different festivals when we happen to play the same day. Last time in Japan when we played there with Emperor and Opeth. We were talking about guitars and I said, ‘Not to kiss up to you or anything, but you’re absolutely one of my favourite players, so some day I might call you for a guest solo…’ and he says, ‘I’m in!’ He did a fabulous job.”
He also added the following about the new material:
“Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time. So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds.
It goes back to the beginning of Emperor, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter‘s ‘Halloween‘.
I’ve also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It’s just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well.”
“Every album I intend to make the darkest album ever. I never set out to make anything more melodic or accessible. However, growing up on ’80s metal, plus having a rather wide range of musical influences, I often end up with quite contrasting elements. This is my seventh solo album, so in the end it really comes down to methods and perspectives that keep me exited and fired up about what I’m working on. If I’m not excited about it, I can’t expect anybody else to be!”
Ihsahn has revealed that he will enter Sonic Attic Studio in Notodden, Norway next week to begin recording his new album. He posted the following about that: