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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Matt Heafy (Trivium) Finishes Tracking Vocals For His Mrityu Project With Ihsahn (Emperor)

Matt Heafy (Trivium) has finished tracking vocals for his Mrityu project with Ihsahn (Emperor). He recently confirmed the news during a Twitter exchange with e-sports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau:

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Ihsahn (Emperor) & Matt Heafy (Trivium) Have Been “Making Great Progress” On Their Mrityu Project

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 (NOR) Release 10th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Of “Blackjazz”, Stream Bonus Track Featuring Ihsahn

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 (Behemoth) Premiere Music Video For New Song “By The River” Feat. Ihsahn

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.

Nergal commented:

“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’!”

Oathbreaker To Return For 2020 ArcTanGent Festival

Oathbreaker will be returning for this year’s ArcTanGent Festival. This will be the group’s first show since going on hiatus two years ago.

The band commented:

“It’s been over 2 years since the last Oathbreaker show, the dust has settled and the last couple of months we’ve been discussing whether or not to play another show. ArcTanGent felt like the right place to do so. We’re incredibly excited to play these songs again. This will most likely be the only Oathbreaker show in 2020. Hope to see a lot of familiar faces.”

The ArcTanGent Festival will take place on August 20-22 at Fernhill Farms near Bristol, UK and it will also feature: Opeth, TesseracT, This Will Destroy You, Amenra, Ihsahn, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi (performing “Grievances” and “Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It” across two separate sets), Earthtone9, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Frontierer, GosT, Raketkanon, Quail vs Kenny (Jo Quail and Howard James Kenny), Scalping, OHHMS (two sets, including ‘Subjects‘ film set), Svalbard, Alpha Male Tea Party, Stake, Curse These Metal Hands, Boss Keloid, Body Hound, Vasa, Luo, Briqueville, Fes, Tankengine, The K., Mountain Caller, Swans, Metz, The Locust, Maybeshewill, Leprous, Agent Fresco, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Car Bomb, Wear Your Wounds, A.A. Williams, Tides From Nebula, Jo Quail, The Samuel Jackson Five, Petbrick, Herod, Teeth Of The Sea, The Hirsch Effekt, Bent Knee, Astrosaur, tortuganónima, Bolt Ruin, The Hyena Kill, Mutant-Thoughts, Coldbones, Skemer, Natalie Evans, Odradek, Heisa, The Mantis Opera, Last Hyena, Rainbow Slicer, Lack The Low, SEIMS, Elephant Tree, Kokomo, Thumpermonkey, TOTS, Bicurious, God Alone., Land Wars, MIËT, Vogons, Straight Girl, Ogives Big Band, and qariaq.