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Ihsahn Live, Tokyo 5 Dec 2011

Yes. My brain imploded with happiness. Thanks to the person who filmed and uploaded this show.


Left Hand Path, Guitar Lessons From Ihsahn

   GuitarWorld got the legendary Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum, Ihsahn) to give another set of video guitar lessons, this time for Left Hand Path. I squeaked with joy and had to share it with you. Feast ears and eyes after the break.



angL & Heartwork

   My local FYE is closing on the 24th. Due to this, they have sharply discounted their stock, including my beloved metal section. The other day, I grabbed up a pair of CDs: Carcass – Heartwork (+Parr Street Heartwork demos & Pathologist’s Report IV: Epidemic DVD) and Ihsahn – angL. Needless to say, I am very happy with my purchases.

Source: Wikimedia    Oddly enough, I have not heard Heartwork in its entirety, despite its age and my love for Carcass. Tracks like Blind Bleeding The Blind, Carnal Forge and This Mortal Coil go to great lengths in reminding me why I enjoy Carcass so much. There isn’t another Corporeal Jigsore Quandary on this album, but what is here is damn good enough. The album is strong, creative, heavy and worthy of many repeat listenings. As for the demos, I’d be hard pressed to decide which versions of the songs I like better! The riffs and rhythms make me bang my head and tap my feet when I am listening and get stuck in my head when not. I very much recommend this album to any fan of heavy music, most especially death metal, that has not heard it. This is an aging masterpiece.

Source: Wikimedia    When I first heard angL, I was just off a three day Emperor binge and did not take to it so well. It is very much Ihsahn but not quite so much Emperor. After some time, I decided to give it another shot and bought it, having heard an early leak of the new release After and loved it. I am glad I did. angL takes the listener on a dark, intelligent and moving journey through madness, depravity, and the wondrous expanse of existence. From misanthrope to threnody and scarab to monolith, this album is a must for any fan of heavy music, dark music, or the guitar itself. Ihsahn continues to prove himself as a musician and composer.

Emp(a)t(h)y After

   I have not written and posted a blog entry in some time. Perhaps it is my busy schedule. Perhaps I just feel uninspired and unmotivated to do so. Perhaps I just have nothing left in me at the end of my day. That is too bad, indeed, because I love this wintry weather and it typically inspires me to no end. Where, then, has my creativity gone?

   Maybe the shorter winter days are once more taking their toll on my brain chemistry. This occurred much in my early teens, and possibly into my childhood. It cannot be the lack of light insofar as my liking persists, as I have a deep affection for the night and its inherent beauty. Perhaps the root of this is a vitamin D deficiency from the lessened sunlight. I can only speculate the cause and try to counter it by taking in more D fortified foods and forcing myself to creative outlets.

   I confess to having heard a leak of the new Ihsahn album due out on the 26th, After. I will be buying this without a second thought. It is easily his best solo effort. I recommend it to the world.

I should have been a scientist.