Ihsahn Premieres Video For Cover Of A-ha’s “Manhattan Skyline” Feat. Einar Solberg (Leprous)

Ihsahn has premiered a new video for his cover of A-ha’s “Manhattan Skyline.” This track features Einar Solberg (Leprous) and it will appear on Ihsahn‘s new EP “Pharos,“ which is set to be released on September 11. Ihsahn said the following about his admiration for A-ha:

“There are some hints of A-ha even on the second Emperor album. I never wanted to be as one-dimensional as this black metal image. When I turned 40, I stopped caring but if you start out playing black metal when you’re 16, it’s hardly because you want to be everybody’s favorite.”

The Artist That Created The Cover For Ihsahn’s “Telemark” Calls Out Taylor Swift For Using Similar Artwork For “Folklore”

Artist David Thiérrée, who created the artwork for Ihsahn‘s “Telemark“ EP, has called out Taylor Swift for using similar artwork for her new album “Folklore.“ Thiérrée commented:

“Well, folks, I ‘m not the only one to think that Taylor Swift’ s new visual is very Metal… Even very close to Ihsahn ‘s artworks I made. I could have done it for her, probably for a cheaper price than what she paid 😁😅”

Ihsahn added:

“So, anyone check out the new @taylorswift yet? Personally I like the design🤯😂”

Ihsahn Premieres “Spectre At The Feast” Video

Ihsahn has premiered a new video for his new song “Spectre At The Feast.” This track is from his new EP “Pharos,” which will be released on September 11.

Ihsahn told Metal Hammer the following about the song:

“It’s probably the most straightforward song on the EP. It’s got this almost pop-rock attitude. Lyrically, it’s kind of a fly-on-the-wall perspective on society – all the superficial, stupid things people turn into something meaningful when they’re not. It’s musing on when the facade will break.”

He also added the following about his “Pharos” EP:

“Telemark was everything that was close to my heart: basic guitar riffing, screaming vocals. I thought, ‘I need to do a sequel where I do the exact opposite’ – things that I don’t know how to do, explore sonic territory that I haven’t explored.”

Here’s the track listing for “Pharos”:

01. “Losing Altitude”
02. “Spectre At The Feast”
03. “Pharos”
04. “Roads” (Portishead cover)
05. “Manhattan Skyline” (A-ha cover, featuring Einar Solberg of Leprous)

Ihsahn Teases New Music

It looks like Ihsahn is planning to release some new music on July 17. You can find a teaser for that below. This news comes after Ihsahn previously revealed that he was going to release another new EP later this year.

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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: