“As for black metal vocalists there is only one source of inspiration and that is Quorthon” – Emperor’s Ihsahn reveals his story as a metal vocalist

Author Arto Mäenpää - 21.8.2023

Ihsahn, born Vegard Sverre Tveitan on October 10, 1975, in Notodden, Norway, is a musical visionary renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to the realms of black metal and progressive music. As a founding member of the legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor, Ihsahn played a pivotal role in shaping the genre’s dark and symphonic sound.

His innovative approach to composition and his willingness to experiment have set Ihsahn apart as a trailblazer. While his roots lie in the ferocious and atmospheric soundscapes of black metal, he has fearlessly ventured into uncharted territories, incorporating elements of progressive rock, jazz, and classical music into his work.

Ihsahn‘s solo career has been marked by a series of critically acclaimed albums that showcase his evolution as a musician and composer. His ability to seamlessly weave intricate melodies, intricate instrumentation, and introspective lyricism has earned him a dedicated following.

Beyond his musical achievements, Ihsahn‘s introspective and thought-provoking themes have elevated his artistry to a philosophical level, inviting listeners to delve into the depths of emotion and existential contemplation.

As a master of sonic experimentation and a true pioneer of extreme music, Ihsahn continues to captivate audiences with his boundary-pushing compositions and remains an enduring figure in the extreme metal scene.

Chaoszine sat down with Ihsahn before Emperor‘s headline show at Hellsinki Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland on August 12th and discussed in depth about his journey as a metal frontman. You can check out the latest episode to the metal frontman video series below:

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You can check out Ihsahn‘s latest solo EP “Fascination Street Sessions” in full below: