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IHSAHN
THE ADVERSARY
CANDLELIGHT

The solo debut by Emperor’s frontman and guitarist Ihsahn is a lush, epic affair bursting with metallic fury and symphonic elegance. THE ADVERSARY contains nine tracks of progressively influenced death and black metal, almost in the vein of King Diamond going toe to toe with Opeth. Brimming with creativity, tracks like “Panem Et Circenses” blur the edges of prog and black metal with great care, while the regal atmosphere cast upon “Invocation” yields a monstrous black metal guitar and drum fury underneath the polish. While many of these nuances may be deemed a bit too experimental for the ardent Emperor or hardcore fan of extreme metal, the sheer metallic majesty and massive ideas flourishing about in tracks like “Homecoming” should be enough to appease most metal fans.
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- Mike SOS