Vegard Sverre Tveitan (born 10 October 1975), better known as Ihsahn, is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer. He is best known for his work with the Norwegian black metal band Emperor. Tveitan is also a founding member of Thou Shalt Suffer, where he played guitar and keyboard in addition to vocal duties, and Peccatum, a project in collaboration with his wife and fellow musician Heidi Solberg Tveitan, also known as Starofash. Since 2006, Tveitan has primarily devoted himself to solo albums and occasional guest appearances.
Beyond the characteristics typically associated with metal music, Tveitan’s musical style also includes classical, industrial, and progressive elements. He is a progenitor of the symphonic black metal genre. Emperor’s final album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, composed by Ihsahn, epitomizes the genre.
Tveitan was born in Notodden, Norway, where he grew up on a large rural farm. He began playing piano at age six and guitar at age 10.
In 2002, Tveitan was awarded the Notodden kommunes kulturpris (Notodden Municipality’s Culture prize). He won the prize because he is considered the best-known inhabitant of Notodden, a great musician, a music teacher, and he arranges a lot of concerts for unknown bands. The fact that his band sold more than 500,000 copies was also a reason for getting the prize.
Tveitan has instructional videos on playing guitar that have appeared in online publications such as Guitar World.
Tveitan’s third solo album, After, was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy, a ‘Spellemannprisen‘.
Tveitan lent his voice in 2007 to an animated character from the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse, Eric von Wiechlinghammer, in the episode “Dethfashion“.
Ámr / 2018
Arktis / 2016
1. Disassembled (featuring Einar Solberg)
2. Mass Darkness (featuring Matt Heafy)
3. My Heart is of the North
4. South Winds
5. In the Vaults
6. Until I Too Dissolve
9. Crooked Red Line” (featuring Jørgen Munkeby)
10. Celestial Violence” (featuring Einar Solberg)
Arktis (stylized as Arktis., the Norwegian for “Arctic”) is the sixth studio album by Norwegian progressive metal artist Ihsahn. The album was released on April 8, 2016 through Candlelight Records.
Das Seelenbrechen / 2013
5. Tacit II
6. Tacit I
9. Sub Äte
12. Hel (Bonus Track)
Das Seelenbrechen is the fifth studio solo album by Emperor frontman Ihsahn. Released on 21 October 2013, the album was described by Ihsahn as a “deliberate sidestep” that used improvisation as the basis for his most diverse recording to date, which Decibel Magazine described as “surprising and strangely satisfying”
Eremita / 2012
2. The Paranoid
4. The Eagle and the Snake
6. Something Out There
8. The Grave
Deluxe edition bonus track
Eremita is the fourth studio solo album by former Emperor frontman Ihsahn. The album features guest appearances by several notable musicians, including Devin Townsend and Jeff Loomis of Nevermore.
After / 2010
1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
7. Heaven’s Black Sea
8. On the Shores
After is the third studio solo album by former Emperor frontman Ihsahn. This album is the final album in a planned trilogy of albums by Ihsahn.
angL / 2008
angL is the second full-length solo album of Emperor frontman Ihsahn. Writing began in early 2007, after Ihsahn had completed touring with Emperor. The album was recorded around December 2007 and released on 26 May 2008
The Adversary / 2006
2. Called by the Fire
5. Astera Ton Proinon
6. Panem et Circenses
7. And He Shall Walk in Empty Places
8. Will You Love Me Now?
9. The Pain is Still Mine
The Adversary is the debut solo album by Emperor frontman Ihsahn. Released on 10 April 2006, it is the first in a conceptual trilogy of albums including angL and After. It features a guest vocal appearance by Ulver’s Garm. The album has been noted for its stylistic diversity, encompassing extreme metal as well as progressive and classic metal influences.
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I am not very familiar with progressive music in general, but with this being Ihsahn, I had to give it a try. One fact clearly arises by listening to thisMay 10, 2018 by Riffvader