Ihsahn, one of Norway's most pioneering musical legends, has unveiled details of his upcoming studio album "Àmr." The nine-track long-player will be released via Candlelight/Spinefarm on May 4th, with pre-orders live at this location.
The first track to be made available from the album is "Arcana Imperii," which features a guitar solo by Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson. Watch the video in the player above.
"As with previous albums, I've tried to maintain a certain diversity throughout Àmr, with every track having a somewhat individual identity," the artist said, "So, as a first introduction, I felt 'Arcana Imperii' contained several key elements from the whole album and was a logical choice as first single and video."
Drawing from a rich pool of influences and utilizing a wide range of instruments, Ihsahn has created a dark and brooding masterpiece of an album. "Àmr" possesses its own unique atmosphere; a palpable sense of tension and unease that infuses even the album's most melodic moments with heightened drama and otherworldly menace.
Although as dark and intense as anything he has conjured before, both the depth of sonic texture and the clarity of his overarching vision are more impressive than ever.
Opting to eschew string arrangements and orchestration in favor of synthesisers, "Àmr" strides boldly into uncharted territory yet retains Ihsahn's signature high level skill and off-the-scale quality. Drenched in evocative synths and brimming with skewed but irresistible riffs, "Àmr" is both Ihsahn's most accessible record to date and his most extreme departure from his black metal roots. While he is something of a musical polymath, Ihsahn was joined on the recording of "Àmr" by Tobias Ørnes Andersen who provided drums and percussion.
"Àmr" was recorded at his own Mnemosyne Studio, except for drum recordings, which were done at Sonic Attic Studios. Mixing was handled by Fascination Street Studios, in the capable hands of the talented Linus Corneliusson. Mastering was once again done by Jens Bogren.
The record will be available as a CD, 2xLP gatefold vinyl, and digital download. "Arcana Imperii" is available as an instant download with digital pre-orders of the album.
The track listing and cover art can be found here:
1. Lend Me The Eyes of Millennia
2. Arcana Imperii
4. One Less Enemy
5. Where You Are Lost And I Belong
6. In Rites of Passage
7. Marble Soul
8. Twin Black Angels
10. Alone (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe) (Bonus Track)