IHSAHN – IHSAHN

7/10

IHSAHN‘s self titled album is the eight studio album, released by EMPEROR‘s singer IHSAHN‘s (Vegard Tveitan) solo project. The album was released through Candlelight Records and was self produced by IHSAHN.

The mix between orchestra and Black metal creates a very unique sound, which I can’t say I have experienced before, and creates a very solid good album. With the amount of music we see today, it’s very hard to create something that really sticks out from the crowd, something that IHSAHN really does. Compared to EMPEROR‘s fast paced blastbeats and screeching, we have instead a very atmospheric dark melody which suits perfectly for the cold, dark mornings we experience today.

The track “THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US” is a perfect example of how metal can be mixed beautifully with an orchestra, and also came to be my personal favorite of the album. The start with the lower tunes that suddenly increases sends goosebumps across the arm!

Although the album features a heavy influence of orchestra, we have a few fast paced tracks that gets the body moving such as “TWICE BORN” and “PILGRIMAGE TO OBLIVION“. Certainly the best album IHSAHN have produced to this day and something I strongly recommend to listen through.

And of course, since the album relies heavily on the orchestic influence, we have a orchestra version of the album that also is worth a solid listen!


IHSAHN
IHSAHN
Release Date: 16 February 2024

Version 1
01. CERVUS VENATOR
02. THE PROMETHEAN SPARK
03. PILGRIMAGE TO OBLIVION
04. TWICE BORN
05. A TASTE OF AMBROSIA
06. ANIMA EXTRANEAE
07. BLOOD TRAILS TO LOVE
08. HUBRIS AND BLUE DEVILS
09. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
10. AT THE HEART OF ALL THINGS BROKEN
11. SONATA PROFANA

Version 2
01. CERVUS VENATOR – Orchestral Version
02. THE PROMETHEAN SPARK – Orchestral Version
03. PILGRIMAGE TO OBLIVION – Orchestral Version
04. TWICE BORN – Orchestral Version
05. A TASTE OF AMBROSIA – Orchestral Version
06. ANIMA EXTRANEAE – Orchestral Version
07. BLOOD TRAILS TO LOVE – Orchestral Version
08. HUBRIS AND BLUE DEVILS – Orchestral Version
09. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US – Orchestral Version
10. AT THE HEART OF ALL THINGS BROKEN – Orchestral Version
11. SONATA PROFANA – Orchestral Version

Artist: Ihsahn
Title: IHSAHN
Rating: 7/10
Label: Candlelight Records
Date of Release: 2024-02-16
Place of origin: Norway
Standout track: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US

About me:

I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more! Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. The metal community has shaped me into who I am today and is something that I will always give back to!

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I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more! Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. The metal community has shaped me into who I am today and is something that I will always give back to!

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IHSAHN – IHSAHN

March 11, 2024

The mix between orchestra and Black metal creates a very unique sound, which I can't say I have experienced before, and creates a very solid good album.

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