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Ihsahn

One of the leading figures (arguably the leading figure, at least from a musical perspective) in the history of Norwegian black metal, Ihsahn -- born Vegard Sverre Tveitan, in Notodden, Norway, in 1975 -- is best known as the singer, guitarist, and lead composer of the legendary band Emperor. That band, which would go on to earn Ihsahn and its members the highest of honors in the metal community, was born out of the demise of the group formation of an earlier project entitled Thou Shalt Suffer. That project was formed in 1991, after Ihsahn and Samoth (Tomas Haugen) met at a music conference as teenagers. Thou Shalt Suffer managed to release a handful of demos before Samoth took leave of the group, and Ihsahn set the idea aside as a solo side project. Eventually, the two kindred spirits would work together again in the aforementioned Emperor, a band whose early lineup included Ihsahn, Samoth, Faust (Bård Eithun), and Mortiis.

With much of the black metal establishment in Norway (these were the days of Euronymous and a pre-murder and nationalist Varg Vikernes) fully behind the work Emperor was doing, the band released the groundbreaking EP Emperor in 1993. Their critically acclaimed full-length debut, In the Nightside Eclipse, was released in 1994, but the band's momentum was stalled by the jailing of Faust and Samoth in the wave of violence that was prevalent in Norwegian black metal at the time. Ihsahn soldiered on, and -- on his own (Mortiis was an early defector from the Emperor ranks, choosing to embark on a more theatrical solo project) -- composed much of what would be Emperor's follow-up, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, released in 1997. During the late '90s, Ihsahn also appeared on a number of different projects outside of Emperor, including Zyklon-B (which was a mélange of members of Emperor and Satyricon) and the Peccatum project (which formed in 1998), an experimental group that was made up of Ihsahn and his wife Ihriel (real name: Heidi Tveitan).

Ihsahn made two full-length appearances in 1999, the debut full-length with Peccatum entitled Strangling from Within, and the next acclaimed Emperor full-length, IX Equilibrium. Ihsahn and Emperor would release two more albums over the next couple of years, 2000's live Emperial Live Ceremony (which also saw a DVD release) and 2001's Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise. While both would garner Emperor and Ihsahn further acclaim, that was to be the end -- somewhat -- of Emperor, as the band decided -- following the release of Prometheus -- to call it a day. Although a compilation of the band's work would surface in 2003, and the band would play a handful of shows in 2006, Ihsahn's attention shifted in focus to Peccatum. The project released album number two, Amor Fati, in 2001, followed by 2004's Lost in Reverie.

In 2002 Ihsahn was the proud recipient of an award by his home city, recognizing him as one of the area's leading musical artists and cultural figures. After the 2005 EP The Moribund People with Peccatum, Ihsahn began work on what would be his solo full-length debut. The album, 2006's The Adversary, featuring a collaboration with Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg and the percussion work of Asgeir Mickelson, was released on his own label, Mnemosyne, as well as seeing international distribution on Candlelight. The album received rave reviews, and was followed up in 2008 with the sophomore solo release AngL, which featured a collaboration with Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt. ~ Chris True, Rovi
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I think it's even better than his stuff with Emperor. Amazing stuff.
i love after, need to go through his back catalog as well.
paulellis7ar c h
Incredible song writer. His songwriting skills never seem to diminish, even from the Emperor days. His vocals are up there with Michael Akerfeldts as are his guitar skills. All his albums are incredible.
Ihsahn is unequalled in black metal or in any other genre. No one else can take you through darkness and back with such imagery and heart as he can. It wouldnt be the same if Ihsahn never were to exist. I dont even want to think about it...
http://www.m y s p a c e . c o m / a l p h a d e c a y m u s i c
"after" rocks!
the_cadaver
Never heard this before. Definitely good stuff.
Ihsahn's clean vocals are a little rough on The Adversary. AngL is much better. I think, along with some studio work, he stayed closer to his vocal comfort-zone . He also brings in (*crowd cheers*) Mikael Akerfeldt to do some amazing work. The two together is just brilliance. Ihsahn cannot be denied his throne in the musical world. His work will never be equaled, only mimicked.
alexq 1917, educate yourself before you loose your fingers on a keyboard.
music is great. growls are great. but the clean vocals suck.
and the most ignorant comment of the year goes to...alexq 1917. Ihsahn dosen't worship satan, nor is he a nihilist, nor does he justify murder (anymore). I'd say Ihsahn is more of an atheist and an existentiali s t that hates organized religion more than anything.
Ihsahn is a LEGEND. He is more into the philosophy than the ritual aspect of Satanism also
alexg_1917
Love the music… of this Satan worshiper and an nihilist justifying murder… sure do not agree what he stands for.
kevinstreet3 2
black metal with an alice in chains and zache wilde twist!!!!!
a new king diamond is born

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