Ihsahn - IHSAHN
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Based on 9 reviews
2024 Ratings: #5 / 104
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Based on 187 ratings
2024 Rank: #56
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Ihsahn is another benchmark in Ihsahn’s already pristine discography.

Distorted Sound
Irrespective of your mental state this release is undoubtedly bold, adventurous and extravagantly experimental and this deserves the utmost applause.
Spectrum Culture
Rich and expansive but never flabby, adventurous and technically accomplished but immediate and involving, this latest from a progressive black metal master is only half the story.
There is no doubt that IHSAHN is one of metal's leading imaginative forces, and this self-titled release is possibly his solo career's high point.
Metal Injection
This is another solid LP from Ihsahn, though I must admit, I was hoping for some more music that focused more prominently on the integration of horns, which he did so well on songs like 2019's "Stridig." Nonetheless, Ihsahn fans will certainly be more than satisfied with these songs.
Norwegian black metal legend Ihsahn continues to boldly go where others wouldn’t think to on eighth solo offering.
Angry Metal Guy
Flawed but never less than captivating, this album is absolutely worthy of being Ihsahn’s self-titled opus.

Ngl my first listen I wasn't vibing with it, symphonic metal just isn't something I like too much and I found those elements clashing in my mind and the actual metal aspects seemed lack luster. Coming back however it clicked with me, while there are hefty chunks of symphonic and black metal sound thrown in here I found this to be primarily a avant-garde metal project. There are plenty of winding, mind bending rifts that build up to not be your conventional metal album. It can be wacky, exciting ... read more


I got a BIG review coming, going to be my longest one yet.

But until then, let's check out something new. Symphonic Metal. I've listened to two Thrash Metal records and two Metalcore records so I think I'm pretty close to an expert now in Metal. So you can 100% trust this half-assed review.

It's progressive but I definitely feel the symphonic part more. It starts off in an extremely cinematic fashion. Is this Theatercore? It's like an intro of a high budget yet slightly edgy blockbuster ... read more


Again, not my thing.


This whole album is him trying not to ruin all the good build up with goofy sounding goblin vocals, and failing on every track.

60 cuz the instruments are tight, and the album is well structured. I just can't stand that voice.


Pog Metal.

You know what, fuck it. I'm with the critics on this one. This might just be metal record of the year. Norwegian musician and composer, Ihsahn mixes very progressive metal songwriting with symphonic composition to build enormous soundscapes and impeccable atmospheres.

He does a great job balancing on the border of detailed production and straight up kitsch. I can respect anyone's opinion, who claim this album does way too much, sometimes the larger than life sounds can be ... read more


its just not really my thing or something i would listen to again, but this also seems to be a pretty mediocre album in general, the instrumentals are really tame and muted compared to some other metal albums i've heard, it just doesnt really go hard enough, the vocals are pretty insufferable for the most part, all tracks just sorta sound the same to me, its repetitive, songs are too long, it just doesnt do much right as far as metal goes, or maybe this is just how symphonic metal sounds, and ... read more

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Added on: November 16, 2023