The solo metal icon and Emperor frontman, Ihsahn, will release two new EPs next year, each with 5 songs on it. Stridig comes from the first one, Telemark.
Telemark is set for release on the 14th of February via Candlelight Records. Both EPs are meant to represent Ihsahn’s differing styles. Telemark is set to represent the darker and heavier side of Ihsahn’s music while the second will represent his more progressive side. There is no word yet on the title or release date of the second EP.
Ihsahn’s last release was 2018’s Ámr. You can read our full review of that album here.
Check out the first track on Telemark below. This is Stridig –
Speaking to UK Prog Magazine, Ihsahn said:
“Having released full-length records nearly every second year since I was 16, I felt it might be time to try something else. Also, I wanted to approach what I do in a way that felt natural but also to try to adapt it to the way that music is now performed and experienced. I have seven solo albums out now, so the first EP is like a small recap, in a way. I did touch on some of the same thematics with ‘Arktis’, but this time it’s closer to home, both musically and, dare I say, culturally.
The plan is to then follow up this EP with its aesthetic and musical counterpart, wherein I can distil all those more progressive, experimental and mellow elements of my music. Ultimately, it’s all a means for me to get some of those ideas out of my system, giving myself space before I delve into the next album.”
Speaking about Telemark specifically, Ihsahn said:
“It’s the county I grew up in and still live in, so the whole thing is situated there and very much inspired by that. So you could say it’s a roots-orientated album. I decided early on that I wanted this to be very purely related to black metal aesthetics, I wanted to distil the basic, bare bones black metal influences of my musical roots, given the overall concept, writing something for and from Telemark. I decided to do Norwegian lyrics for the first time, too. It feels very much closer to home in many ways.”
Check out the full track listing below:
04. Rock And Roll Is Dead (Lenny Kravitz cover)
05. Wrathchild (Iron Maiden cover)
Preorder Telemark from Candlelight Records, here.