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Ihsahn to release ‘Ámr’ in May

Posted by on February 15, 2018

Ihsahn’s seventh solo effort Ámr will arrive on May 4th via Candlelight/Spinefarm. It is the follow-up to 2016’s Arktis and, it will most likely provide another dose of progressive mixed with extreme metal at its finest. In fact, Opeth guitarist Fredrik Akesson guests on the track “Arcana Imperii.” 

Ihsahn commented:

“Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time. So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds. It goes back to the beginning of Emperor, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’. I’ve also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It’s just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well. Every album I intend to make the darkest album ever. I never set out to make anything more melodic or accessible. However, growing up on ’80s metal, plus having a rather wide range of musical influences, I often end up with quite contrasting elements. This is my seventh solo album, so in the end it really comes down to methods and perspectives that keep me excited and fired up about what I’m working on. If I’m not excited about it, I can’t expect anybody else to be!”

Track List:

01) “Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millenia”
02) “Arcana Imperii”
03) “Sámr”
04) “One Less Enemy”
05) “Where You Are Lost And I Belong”
6) “In Rites Of Passage”
07) “Marble Soul”
08) “Twin Black Angels”
09) “Wake”

 

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