Ihsahn and Leprous have announced a special streaming concert. The event will take place on December 20 and tickets can be found HERE. Both acts issued a joint statement:
“The collaboration between Ihsahn and Leprous goes back the better part of two decades, where songs, members and performances have been heavily intertwined. This exclusive performance will celebrate these connections even further!”
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.”
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 😁😅”
“So, anyone check out the new @taylorswift yet? Personally I like the design🤯😂”
“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”
04. “Roads” (Portishead cover)
05. “Manhattan Skyline” (A-ha cover, featuring Einar Solberg of Leprous)
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.
Ihsahn is the producer of my longtime black metal solo band, Mrityu! We just finished all vocal tracking. We’ve been working the album for 10 years now. Should be out next year! pic.twitter.com/Vssl610fW3
Ihsahn (Emperor) and Matt Heafy (Trivium) have been working on new music for their Mrityu project as of late. Ihsahn said the following about that:
“It’s #mrityumonday🤘and me and @matthewkheafy have been tracking some killer vocals in @cubase.pro through #vstconnectpro by @steinbergmedia! The current situation prevents us from traveling, but with this technology it is almost like we’re in the same studio👌 Matt is absolutely killing it and we’re making great progress every session!! #mrityu #newmusic”
Shining (Norway) are celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Blackjazz“ with a new vinyl pressing. This version of the effort comes with a previously unreleased version of “The Madness And The Damage Done” featuring Emperor’s Ihsahn. The band said the following about that track:
“Check out our new single featuring Ihsahn! It’s awesome! The vocals were recorded back in 2010, just after the release of Blackjazz, but Jørgen Munkeby never got his jazzy ass around to finalizing this special version of the song. Until this year, 10 freakin’ years later!”
Me And That Man, the blackened blues project featuring Behemoth’s Nergal, have premiered a new video for their new song “By The River.” This track features Ihsahn and it will appear on the band’s new album “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1,” which is set to be released on March 27.
“When the rumours first emerged of me collaborating with Rob Halford and Ihsahn, the idea sparked imaginations. I guess people would expect a Nergal and Ihsahn partnership to be extreme, but what came out was a bare bones, blues banger!
I’ve got to tell you; it wasn’t an easy sell…at first Ihsahn didn’t think there was much he could add – luckily, I knew different and I gave him a simple instruction, ‘have fun’. A week later I got the track back and I was totally blown away!
Considering the status of the man, he is humble and professional to the core. It was my pleasure to work with him and now it’s our pleasure to present to you, ‘By The River’!”