London, Candlelight Records today confirms June 18th as the European release date, and the 19th of June for north America for Eremita, the anticipated fourth album from Norwegian-born vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio, Eremita was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden. Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining-Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (StarofAsh). The album’s packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.
Eremita begins a new musical chapter for the highly regarded musician; his previous album, Norwegian Grammy Award Nominated After, forming the final part of a planned trilogy on its release in early 2010. Offering nine new songs to his growing worldwide audience, Eremita is the longest and most spirited of Ihsahn’s solo recordings. Reflecting on the recording process Ihsahn notes, “this is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jorgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.”
Exhibiting Ihsahn’s highly-trained guitar and keyboard skills, Eremita (Latin for hermit) is a journey that is sure to find an expanded audience for the revered 36-year-old.
Guitar World senior editor Brad Angle says, “with Eremita Ihsahn proves yet again that he is one of the most influential, progressive and enduring musicians to emerge out of the classic Norwegian black metal scene.”
A special 2-minute video preview for Eremita, featuring audio segments from the record and exclusive footage filmed during the album’s creation, is available here http://youtu.be/8hOhbJ_lbMg
Ihsahn’s prodigious and prolific talents have been at the forefront of heavy music for the past two decades. He began his career at age thirteen as a member of what would become fledgling black metal crew Emperor. As a band, Emperor would both define and refine metal, pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible within the most arcane of art forms and taking some of the most adventurous and extreme music of all time to a huge global audience. With albums like seminal In The Nightside Eclipse (recorded when Ihsahn was only seventeen), and Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, Emperor obliterated all-comers and became one of the most revered metal bands in history. After the release of their final masterpiece, Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise, in 2001, Ihsahn announced that the band were to part ways to enable himself and his colleagues to pursue new creative avenues.
Eremita will be available on standard cd and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).
Confirmed track listing for Eremita is:
2. The Paranoid
4. The Eagle And The Snake
6. Something Out There
8. The Grave
10. Recollection (deluxe edition only)
Ihsahn plays Ibanez Guitars, Blackstar Amplifiers, Line6 effects, and performs/edits his music with software from Steinberg and Native Instruments.