Ihsahn’s creative journey has been one of the most interesting ones in extreme music, with ceaselessly increasing experimentation throughout his career, whether it was while in Emperor or his solo work. Even with his solo releases, there were larger risks taken with every release, as the music incorporated jazz, avant-garde and his other musical musings. ‘Arktis’ continues in this same direction of unorthodox compositions, varied influences and great overall musicianship.
Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with Norwegian Black Metal Legend and solo artist IHSAHN. The Interview is divided into 2 Parts. In Part1, Ihsahn discusses upcoming solo album ‘Arktis’, songwriting, musical direction, taking risks and increasing experimentation throughout his career. Ihsahn also talks about unorthodox compositions, varied influences and how Norwegian atmosphere helps him write such albums. Ihsahn also throws light on the lyrical concept, the extremely in-depth cover art and the meaning behind it.
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In this Part, IHSAHN talks about the guest musicians on the album. He discusses working with Matt Heafy (Trivium), Einar Solberg (Leprous), Jørgen Munkeby and Tobias Ornes Andersen (Shining). Ihsahn also throws light on a black metal project MRITYU with TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy & whether the album will be released soon. Towards the end, Ihsahn reflects his opinion on what it would take to write an EMPEROR album in future, the musical direction it may possess.
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