After Norwegian black metal legends EMPEROR split up in 2001, frontman Ihsahn's main focus has been on his more experimental band, PECCATUM, and he also started his own label, Mnemosyne Productions, in 2003."Mnemosyne Productions is not just a label," Ihsahn explained to Terrorizer magazine, "it's also a production company, it's a base for what Ihriel and I do, but we're also interested in releasing other artists. We have our own studio called Symphonique Studio, and we're co-owners of an exclusive studio here in Notodden, which only contains old analog equipment. We want to work with our own projects and others, where we can be producers." Ihsahn has also worked for quite some time on a solo album, which he will release under the name we know him by the best. Here, he will do most of the recordings himself, but Asgeir Mickelson from BORKNAGAR will play drums. "I've done pre-production on all the songs now, and Asgeir has started to record the drum tracks," he says, "and I'm planning to mix the album in January. I'll probably do that in the analog studio." And musically, what can we expect? "When I'm doing an Ihsahn solo album, I have to build on my musical upbringing, and the majority of that is metal with a progressive and experimental leaning," he told Terrorizer. "With PECCATUM we've tried out as much as we could both musically and artistically, but with this I wanted to do a metal album. I allowed myself to work with two guitar tracks, piano and programmed drums while I made this album. Actually, I worked without these limitations and the material went everywhere. Then, early in 2005, I wrote the basics in a couple of months after I made some restrictions for myself. But musically I've tried to sum up my experiences with metal music on this album, and it sounds the way I see the metal genre in 2006." And he can assure the album will contain every aspect of the genre, from classic metal to black metal. "I can tell you that I'm extremely satisfied with all the songs on this album, and there will be no fillers on it. Lyrically, it's a very angry album and everyone gets a slap in the face."
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