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Ihsahn - Ihsahn



7.9 | 198 votes |
Release date: 16 February 2024
Style: Extreme progressive metal

Owners:

63 have it
29 want it


Disc I [Metal Edition]
01. Cervus Venator
02. The Promethean Spark
03. Pilgrimage To Oblivion
04. Twice Born
05. A Taste Of The 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

Disc II [Orchestral Edition]
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 The 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]

Top 20 albums of 2024: 17

Staff review by
Netzach
Rating:
7.0
The show is about to begin, so I take my seat in the concert hall. As the band walks on stage to get ready, the floodgates open. A stream of musicians holding various instruments enter from backstage and begin to fill the orchestra pit in front of the stage.

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published 22.02.2024 | Comments (3)

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16.11.2023 - 13:32
Auntie Sahar
Drone Empress
elite
Well this could certainly be interesting. Getting a real Artemis / Huntress vibe from that album artwork too. "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," indeed
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17.02.2024 - 00:39
Rating: 8
ChrisWinther94
Love that he brought back this symphonic sound. It somestimes reminds me a little bit of Prometheus by Emperor.


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17.02.2024 - 12:25
nikarg
staff
His solo work never really clicked with me until now. This album is wonderful.
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18.02.2024 - 09:23
Rating: 6
terroriser
Written by nikarg on 17.02.2024 at 12:25

His solo work never really clicked with me until now. This album is wonderful.


Same here, I never enjoyed his solo work, but I am going to wait few weeks before giving it a go as I cannot stop listening to Eternal Storm

Edit 28th Feb
No. Still don't like his solo work. For sure he is great musician but the sound of it is not for me.
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19.02.2024 - 00:35
Rating: 10
javiermon
So far, my favorite album of 2024
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19.02.2024 - 09:05
Cynic Metalhead
Paisa Vich Nasha
Someone must be punching a review for this sooner or later.

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20.02.2024 - 23:16
Rating: 9
Nightmare^
I was expecting something "heavier", but I'm far from disappointed. Amazing compositions as always, some of Ihsahn's best work I think. No-one merges music genres/melodies/styles like this guy.
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21.02.2024 - 12:23
Rating: 8
musclassia
staff
I really like the symphonic interlude track Anima Extraneae - sounds like something one of the more theatrical prog groups like Native Construct might have made. The rest of it - it's one of those albums that is inherently intriguing and overall enjoyable, but I would struggle to say what exactly I enjoy about it, which is a bit par for the course for my Ihsahn experiences. Very good, but probably one I won't revisit; probably the standout song for my tastes is At The Heart Of All Broken Things, really enjoy the symphonic granduer of it
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23.02.2024 - 18:38
Netzach
Planewalker
staff
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2024 at 09:05

Someone must be punching a review for this sooner or later.

'tis done
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28.02.2024 - 13:06
Rating: 8
miekka18
Great record. Edit: I find myself coming back to this album. It seems to have more to offer. Interesting sounds and avantgardeish black metal with progressiveness. Cool
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03.03.2024 - 06:32
The Galactician
I really enjoyed the first listen. I wore out his last full album, which I think I enjoyed a lot more than most people.

I appreciate that he explores sounds and ideas and doesn鈥檛 get stuck with any specific thing. A real artist鈥檚 artist, in my opinion.

Looking forward to a few more spins!
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08.03.2024 - 12:50
ivulv
It's self-(en)titled. All song TITLES are in CAPS. I had to know what was all the cry about.
Well, sadly, on this album the ego is BIGGER than the talent.
Let me summarize Ihsahn sound for you: tum turum turum tum turum turum tum turum turum. Then he transitions to some cinematic score and to his "clean" singing. Towards the song's end we are back at the synth drums doing their tum turum turum tum turum turum tum turum turum.
Song no.4 has some Diablo Swing intro misleading you to believe you'll finally hear something good and consistent, but nope, it's same uh ...Sahne (in german) again.
Song no.5 is like sonic diarrhea. I can't put my finger on the tune it's stolen from, pardon, took inspiration from and (mis)treated in his own recipe, but it's familiar (from a movie most surely)
Song no. 6 starts too like a movie. Bambi?
Song no.7 was a promise, but you'll soon realize that this still isn't worth your money.
Song 8 is cartoonish and I gave up hope from the remaining 3.
To me, apart form the synthetic soulless sound of instruments and their wailing, together with the spaghetti of clean and cold-stricken vocals, this whole album listens like an audio Curriculum Vitae of sorts: this is what he's sung, this is how he sounded in...and in...and how he sounds in... Disclaimer. the SAME!
I know he doesn't get tired of this, after all he must have played this same tune over many months and years, but I do. From a single listening session.
He should just compose movie scores as they are pecuniary more attractive than this this artsy fartsy exposure to 1000 monthly "listeners" on spot, who swear he's good. Though he won't, somebody must have lied to him that he has vocals and composer talent.
So, the tracks were written BIG, but they fall short. Down to EARTH. So much for promethean sparks and Icaruses' flights.
There are lots of artists that sound bigger in their modesty and moderation. Don't waste time listening on this, as time is precious and art is long.
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08.03.2024 - 13:24
Nejde
CommunityManager
moderator
^ This must be the funniest bashing of an album that I've read on the site for a long time. And let's not dig deeper into the grammar or the building of sentences because even most of Bad English's comments makes more sense. Thanks for the laugh though
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10.03.2024 - 04:19
metalbrat
Written by ivulv on 08.03.2024 at 12:50

It's self-(en)titled. All song TITLES are in CAPS. I had to know what was all the cry about.
Well, sadly, on this album the ego is BIGGER than the talent.
Let me summarize Ihsahn sound for you: tum turum turum tum turum turum tum turum turum. Then he transitions to some cinematic score and to his "clean" singing. Towards the song's end we are back at the synth drums doing their tum turum turum tum turum turum tum turum turum.
Song no.4 has some Diablo Swing intro misleading you to believe you'll finally hear something good and consistent, but nope, it's same uh ...Sahne (in german) again.
Song no.5 is like sonic diarrhea. I can't put my finger on the tune it's stolen from, pardon, took inspiration from and (mis)treated in his own recipe, but it's familiar (from a movie most surely)
Song no. 6 starts too like a movie. Bambi?
Song no.7 was a promise, but you'll soon realize that this still isn't worth your money.
Song 8 is cartoonish and I gave up hope from the remaining 3.
To me, apart form the synthetic soulless sound of instruments and their wailing, together with the spaghetti of clean and cold-stricken vocals, this whole album listens like an audio Curriculum Vitae of sorts: this is what he's sung, this is how he sounded in...and in...and how he sounds in... Disclaimer. the SAME!
I know he doesn't get tired of this, after all he must have played this same tune over many months and years, but I do. From a single listening session.
He should just compose movie scores as they are pecuniary more attractive than this this artsy fartsy exposure to 1000 monthly "listeners" on spot, who swear he's good. Though he won't, somebody must have lied to him that he has vocals and composer talent.
So, the tracks were written BIG, but they fall short. Down to EARTH. So much for promethean sparks and Icaruses' flights.
There are lots of artists that sound bigger in their modesty and moderation. Don't waste time listening on this, as time is precious and art is long.


馃槃馃槃 Nice review and I go with your advice. I will visit this album only when I get some extra time to spare.
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 馃
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