Ihsahn will release ‘After’ on January 26th 2010

The video above is of Ihsahn‘s debut concert at Rockefeller, Oslo, 10th of March 2009. Leprous (of which the singer was also the backing vocalist for Emperor‘s gigs in 2006) supports Emperor’s front man as backing band.

Pinched from Blabbermouth:

Candlelight Records has set a January 26, 2010 North American release date for “After”, the new album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn.

Recorded during the first half of 2009, “After” completes the musician’s planned trilogy of initial recordings. The CD showcases the Norwegian icon with drummer Asgeir Mickelson (SPIRAL ARCHITECT), bassist Lars K. Norberg (SPIRAL ARCHITECT), and saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (SHINING [the Norwegian Shining, that will play Roadburn 2010 with Enslaved, red.]).

“This is my first album written with eight-string guitars as basis which has been both challenging and inspiring,” Ihsahn states about the creative process. “I also decided early on that I wanted to mix this album with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA) and recorded the album with that in mind. Asgeir and Lars have again delivered superb performances. I’ve always wanted to implement the saxophone in my music; Jorgen’s contributions truly added a silver lining to the album.”

Below you can see how Ihsahn records his guitar, and hear some very nice tunes that will end up on After!

And then back to the Blabbermouth item:

Recorded at Ihsahn’s own Symphonique Studio, with additional work at Toproom Studio (co-engineered by Borge Finstad), “After” was meticulously laid out over an eight-month period. The intensity of the project has more than paid off with early listenings already proclaiming it to be the most poignant creations of his solo efforts. “I have felt more confident and more at ease with the material,” relays Ihsahn. “In letting the songs themselves lead the way I just followed the natural impulses.”

“After” track listing:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes On Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On The Shores

Just so you know: I can’t wait to hear it!

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