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Former EMPEROR Frontman Performs First-Ever Solo Show; Photos Available

Former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn performed his first-ever show as a solo artist, supporting OPETH at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, March 10. His setlist was as follows: 01. Invocation 02. Called By The Fire 03. Scarab 04. Emancipation 05. Unhealer 06. Misanthrope 07. Thus Spake The...
March 12, 2009


Sensory Records has announced the signing of Norwegian progressive metal upstarts LEPROUS. The group's debut album, "Tall Poppy Syndrome", was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studio and The Abyss in Pärlby, Sweden during August 2008 and is scheduled for release in Apr...
February 23, 2009

STAROFASH Completes Work On 'Ulterior' Soundtrack

Heidi Solberg Tveitan (a.k.a. Starofash) — better known as the wife of EMPEROR's Vegard Tveitan (a.k.a. Ihsahn) — has completed work on the soundtrack to the Irish film "Ulterior" by writer/director Jason Mehlhorn. Says Heidi: "With this being my first soundtrack, I was faced with quite a few challe...
February 12, 2009

Former EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN To Support OPETH In Oslo Only

Former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn's MySpace page has been updated with the following message: "A previous announcement confirmed that Ihsahn would support OPETH for the majority of shows on their forthcoming Norwegian tour in March. However, more detailed production planning has revealed tech...
January 21, 2009

Author Discusses 'The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists' Book

Robert Gray of conducted an interview with British journalist/author Joel McIver. Topics of discussion included McIver's new book, "The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists", DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton's foreword, the possibility of a DEICIDE autobiography, and plans to release a biog...
January 13, 2009

Former EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN To Support OPETH In Norway

Former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn will support Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on the following Norwegian dates: March 10 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller March 11 - Trondheim, NOR @ Samfundet March 12 - Volda, NOR @ Rokken March 13 - Sogndal, NOR @ Meieriet March 14 - Bergen, NOR @ USF Verftet...
December 16, 2008

Ex-EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN: 'I Am Just As Passionate About My Music As I Ever Was'

Guitar community recently conducted an interview with former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. When I first started preparing for this interview, it dawned on me that, for a guy who's only in his thirties, you've alre...
November 1, 2008


It seems that the blood left on the stage from last year's EMPEROR reunion tour has barely dried and already we're blessed with new material from the legendary act's equally legendary frontman Ihsahn. After 2006 brought us our first taste of what this metallic maestro is capable of when left to his...
July 29, 2008

EMPEROR Needs Your Help

Legendary Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR are currently looking for photo material from the live reunion period and are asking their fans for help. Photographs are being collected for possible use in artwork for upcoming live recordings (to be announced). If you have photos of EMPEROR live on stag...
June 17, 2008

Former EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN: New Video Interview Available has posted a video interview with former EMPEROR guitarist/singer Ihsahn. The footage was captured when MetalKult editors Jimmy Hubbard and Brad Angle visited Norway last March. During the trip MetalKult traveled to Ihsahn's hometown of Notodden, where they sat down with the musician a...
June 14, 2008

OPETH Mainman: 'I Got An E-Mail From RICK RUBIN The Other Day, Just To Say Hello'

Peter Atkinson of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with OPETH mainman Mikael kerfeldt. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. KNAC.COM: After this [Progressive Nation tour with DREAM THEATER], you've got a pretty busy schedule, European festivals, Asia, Israel, Australia and then back to...
June 3, 2008

In The Studio With Former EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN; Video Available has just posted part two of its four-part Norwegian metal mini-documentary. The footage was captured over four days in March 2008 when MetalKult editors Brad Angle and Jimmy Hubbard traveled to Oslo, Norway. In episode two, MetalKult travel into the mountainous Telemark County to Notod...
May 28, 2008

Norwegian Metal Mini-Documentary Featuring SATYRICON, EMPEROR, 1349 Available has just posted part one of its four-part Norwegian metal mini-documentary. The footage was captured over four days in March 2008, when MetalKult editors Brad Angle and Jimmy Hubbard traveled to Oslo, Norway. In episode one of the four-part series, MetalKult visit Oslo's Akershus Castl...
May 27, 2008

Former EMPEROR Frontman IHSAHN: Two New Songs Posted Online

Former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn has posted two songs from his forthcoming second solo album, "angL", on his MySpace page. Check out the tracks "Misanthrope" and "Emancipation" at this location. An e-card for "angL" is available at this location. Mnemosyne Productions/Candlelight Records has...
May 27, 2008

Final Excerpt From SLAYER Biography Now Online

Author Joel McIver has placed a third and final excerpt from his forthcoming book, "The Bloody Reign of Slayer", online at The excerpt, which features the band and associated personnel discussing the ferocious opening tracks of the classic 1986 album "Reign in Blood", has been...
May 23, 2008