IHSAHN New Highly Anticipated New Self-Titled Album Out Today

IHSAHN

Releases Highly Anticipated New Self-Titled Album

via Candlelight — Order & Listen HERE

Two Melodically Interlinked Versions of the Same Album: One Prog Metal, One Fully Symphonic

“In its opulent entirety, IHSAHN represents a proud and confident raising of the 

stakes for one of metal’s greatest visionaries.” — 9/10 Metal Hammer

“A success on its own terms.” — Prog Magazine

“Eclectic prog metal.” — 4/5 Record Collector Magazine

“What IHSAHN does is brilliantly blend elements of different genres in a manner that few could actually achieve” — Metal Injection

“‘IHSAHN’ absolutely earns its eponymous title by illustrating the 

best of what its creator can do.” — 4/5 Metal Sucks

Today sees the official unveiling of ‘Ihsahn’, the highly anticipated eponymous full-length studio offering from the Norwegian progressive metal visionary, via Candlelight Records.

Speaking about the album release, IHSAHN shared: “From the first core ideas around making a dual-layered conceptual album, this project has expanded into far more sonic and visual areas than I could possibly have hoped for. Much thanks to the support and contributions of my talented friends and collaborators. I’m excited to finally share this in its entirety and hope listeners will find the result as engaging as I felt making it.” 

Daring to push the realms of creative expressionism even further with his eighth studio offering, IHSAHN‘s latest release comprises two melodically interlinked versions of the same album: one prog metal, one fully symphonic, both creating a cinematically influenced masterpiece. 

Leading up to today, IHSAHN has previously released the critically acclaimed singles, “Pilgrimage To Oblivion“, “Twice Born” and “The Distance Between Us“, a trilogy following a conceptual storyline, filmed by Shaun Hodson at Loki Films.

Whilst his musical journey has been frequently revelatory, the masterful control of rhythm and movement displayed throughout IHSAHN shows his work as a songwriter and composer at its most focused and self-assured. A gargantuan endeavor and one that IHSAHN professes to be one of the most complex projects he has ever undertaken is a labyrinthine rabbit-hole of his own design; the scale of ambition immediately apparent. Wholly self-produced and scored over the course of three years, the metal version has been mixed by Jens Bogren, the orchestral version mixed by Joel Dollié, and both versions were mastered by Tony LindgrenIHSAHN freely admits that the process pushed him to his limits. It began, simply, with a piano.

Comments IHSAHN

“On average, I´ve been releasing a full-length album every second year since I was 16. And, you know, that has given me some opportunity to explore different options, so for my eighth full-length solo record, I thought, ‘okay, how can I do what I do best, but also raise the bar tenfold?’ At the heart of what I do is black metal, extreme distorted guitars, and screaming, but since the earliest Emperor recordings you’ll hear the keyboard parts influenced by classic soundtracks by the likes of Jerry GoldsmithJohn WilliamsBernard HerrmannJohn Carpenter and so on. So, I approached the writing with the intent to present the material in its full-blown metal expression, but also to arrange the orchestral parts in such a way that they would work independently. Somehow an attempt to write a soundtrack within the structures of the full production, allowing me to explore different, and sometimes contrasting, variations of essentially the same music. In the end, I wrote all the music as a piano short-score and arranged it for a typical band ensemble and orchestra, accordingly, making sure everything interlocked.”

It’s that compositional core that allowed IHSAHN to build the two records from the ground up – a Herculean feat for the self-professed, self-taught musician, but it is perhaps that very absence of formal training that allowed him to throw out the rulebook and simply follow his instincts, and the time afforded by the pandemic created the natural gap required to so heavily invest himself in the project. That self-induced pressure came from a desire to keep his loyal fanbase and himself interested, which is not only the defining feature of his latest record, but it’s also the central characteristic of his entire solo career. 

Joining IHSAHN on this album are Tobias Ørnes Andersen and Tobias Solbakk on drums and percussion, with IHSAHN‘s son Angell Solberg Tveitan adding additional percussion and violins by Chris Baum. Artwork for the album was created by Ritxi Ostariz with all promotional photography by Andy Ford.

Not satisfied to only create a dual record, there is also a conceptual story that underpins both sides of IHSAHN – a pair of separate but interwoven Wagnerian narratives revolving around the traditional hero’s journey, and while IHSAHN is reticent to tell all, he is confident that meaning will soon emerge for listeners willing to show equal commitment.  

“Art taps into the metaphysical and the archetypes of our existence – it lets us experience loss, death, love – it prepares us for all of those things in some way. That’s the value, that’s the perspective I wish to create from.” — IHSAHN

Order and Listen to ‘Ihsahn’ HERE

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