2014 has been a pretty big year for Ihsahn. Emperor played some 20th anniversary shows in support of In the Nightside Eclipse, shortly after last year’s Ihsahn album Das Seelenbrechen was released. And the singer is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s been working on a new album all year, and probably is working on it as you read this. And he’s already been announced as one of the acts playing next year’s Bloodstock in the UK in August. However, when the live shows happen, they’ll be without Leprous, who’s been his backing band for a while now. Here’s what he says about the new album and lineup change, via his Facebook page:
Back on track with new music and new live shows!
First of all, the “In the Nightside Eclipse” 20th anniversary shows with Emperor have been a big priority for me in 2014 and I would like to thank everyone on stage, behind the stage and in front of the stage for making this celebration such a great experience! Also, a special thanks to Ibanez Guitars, Blackstar Amplification, Rotosound Music Strings and @NorskMusikkDistribusjonAS for all the continued support on the road!
Now, this has not kept me entirely busy for the whole year, so since January I’ve also been writing material for the next Ihsahn album, partly interrupted by rehearsals, shows and a total rebuild of our studio.
On the live front, several shows are all ready announced for 2015, and I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be back on stage with a new, handpicked line-up that I am confident will take my songs to a new dimension.
On that note, I’d like to thank Leprous for a fantastic collaboration over many years!! They have been invaluable in getting my songs to the stage and we’ve had some great trips around the world. Maybe now we’ll actually get to watch each other’s shows
That’s it from an autumn-dressed Telemark……Now, to the batcave!
It’ll be interesting to see what shape the new music takes and who he selects as his next live backing band. And now we can add Ihsahn to the list of artists we’re looking forward to hearing new music from in 2015.
[via Metal Injection]