Infobox musical artist
Name = Ihsahn
Img_capt = Ihsahn at a 2006 concert
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Vegard Sverre Tveitan
Born = 1975
Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Synth
Black metal, progressive metal
Years_active = 1990–present
URL = [http://www.ihsahn.com www.ihsahn.com]
Notable_instruments = Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature model Ibanez RGT320Q
Ihsahn (born 1975 as Vegard Sverre Tveitan) is a Norwegian
composer, guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor. He has appeared in Thou Shalt Suffer, up until March 4, 2006, played in Peccatumwith his wife Ihriel(real name Heidi S. Tveitan), and now devotes himself to his solo project, Ihsahn. In his very early releases, he went by the name "Ygg". He is currently endorsed by Ibanez[" [http://www.mnemosyne.no/news/ Mnemosyne Productions - Oct 2007 - Ihsahn Plays Ibanez Guitars] " October 9, 2006.] [" [http://ibanez.com/artists/default.aspx?a=364#364 Ibanez Electric Guitars - Ibanez Artists] "] and Line 6[" [http://www.line6.com/artists/299 Line6 - Line 6 Artists] "] .
Born in the town of Notodden, Norway Tveitan began playing piano at seven and guitar at ten and began recording songs shortly thereafter. His influences range from heavy metal, classical, ambient, and techno. He grew up on a large farm in rural Norway.
Tveitan first met his musical partner, Tomas Haugen (also known as
Samoth) at the age of thirteen at a music seminar. Tveitan gained Haugen's attention with his Iron Maidenpatches [" [http://www.line6.com/artists/299 Line6 - Line 6 Artists] "] . In 1991 they formed Thou Shalt Suffertogether, a death/black metal band where Tveitan was guitarist and keyboardist. They produced several releases before Haugen left the band. Tveitan was left as the only member of the band and continues it to this day as a side-project.
After the departure of Haugen from Thou Shalt Suffer, the two formed Emperor where Tveitan again played guitar. Emperor had a much more refined
black metalsound which showcased Tveitan's developing keyboard sound, a distinct feature that would appear in his later releases. The band at this time received much support and encouragement from black metal pioneer Euronymousand after several demos, " In the Nightside Eclipse" was released to much acclaim.
Shortly thereafter, bandmates Haugen and Bård Eithun (also known as Faust) were arrested and imprisoned leaving Tveitan to his own devices. He retreated to a property owned by his family to compose much of what would later become "
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk," which was recorded after the parole of Haugen.
In 1995 the cult album "
Blood Must Be Shed" from Zyklon-B was released featuring members of Emperor and Satyricon, with Tveitan on synth. In 1998 Tveitan formed, along with his wife Heidi Tveitan (AKA Ihriel), the more experimental project Peccatum. In 1999 Emperor released " IX Equilibrium".
Peccatum would feature his trademark synth sound as well as clean and black vocals. Over the years Peccatum has released five albums and EPs and was Tveitan's main project until the project was ended in early March 2006.
In 2001, the final Emperor album was released. A studio album, "" was entirely composed by Tveitan and featured more complex orchestration than previous works. It had significantly less synth than before. It was at this time Emperor mutually decided to dissolve, leaving the band with more time to focus on side projects.
In December 2002, Ihsahn won the "Notodden Kommunes Kulturpris", a culture prize given by his home city,
Notodden, which has around 12,500 inhabitants. He won the prize because he is considered the most well known inhabitant of Notodden and a great musician, who works as a music teacher, and arranges a lot of concerts for unknown bands.Fact|Reference to price statement needed|date=May 2007 The fact that his band sold more than 500,000 copies was also a reason for getting the prize.
On September 30th 2005, Emperor made a surprise return at Scream magazine's 15-year anniversary party in Oslo at Rockefeller, a rock concert venue. The move was kept top secret, was only known by a handful of people, and they played three songs only. This was to announce the reuniting of the band for a few shows around Europe and America in 2006, namely at Wacken and Inferno Festival.
His first solo album "The Adversary" was released in April 2006. All work was done by him with the exception of percussion, which was done by
Asgeir Mickelsonand vocals on the song Homecoming by Kristoffer Ryggof Ulver. It showcases his progressive influences as well as heavy metal, black metaland classical music. The album was recorded at Symphonique Studios in Norway and was released on his label " Mnemosyne Productions", which was formed in 2003 with Ihriel. A video accompanies the track "Invocation."
In 2007 he lent his voice to an animated character from the
Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse, Eric von Wiechlinghammer in the episode "Dethfashion".
As well as being a talented musician, Tveitan is also a capable artist and once considered doing the artwork for a Thou Shalt Suffer album.He presently lives in
Notodden, Norway with his wife and family. He also teaches music at the local school.
He uses Ibanez guitars and is endorsed by Ibanez. Recently, Ihsahn has begun working with the new Ibanez RG2228 8-string guitar.
His Guitar World column, Left Hand Path started in the September 2008 Issue
Thou Shalt Suffer
*"Somnium" - (2000)
*"Into the Woods of Belial" - (1997) (Reis. 2004)
*"Into the Woods of Belial" - (1991)
*"Open the Mysteries of Your Creation" - (1991)
*"Emperor [12" EP] " - (1993)
*"As the Shadows Rise [7" EP] " - (1994)
In the Nightside Eclipse" - (1994)
*"Reverence [EP] " - (1996)
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" - (1997)
IX Equilibrium" - (1999)
*"" - (2001)
Live and compilation releases
*"Emperor / Hordanes Land" [Split CD] - (1993)
Emperor / Wrath of the Tyrant" [Compilation] - (1998)
*"Thorns vs. Emperor" [Split CD] - (1999)
*"Emperial Live Ceremony" [Live] - (2000)
*"True Kings of Norway" [Split CD] - (2000)
*"Emperial Vinyl Presentation" [Box Set] - (2001)
*"Scattered Ashes" [Compilation] - (2003)
Wrath of the Tyrant" [Demo] - (1992)
As the Shadows Rise" [7"] - (1994)
*"Emperial Live Ceremony" [VHS/DVD] - (2000)
Strangling from Within" - (1999)
*"Oh, My Regrets" [EP] - (2000)
*"Amor Fati" - (2001)
Lost in Reverie" - (2004)
The Moribund People" [EP] - (2005)
*"The Adversary" - (2006)
angL" - (2008)
*"Grimen" - (2007)
Guest appearances and session
Ildjarn" - "Det Frysende Nordariket" (Session vocals on various tracks.) - (1995)
Wongraven" - "Fjelltronen" (Session synth.) - (1995)
*"Zyklon-B" - "Blood Must Be Shed" (Session synth and guitar.) - (1995)
Ulver" - " Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (Guest vocals on "A Song of Liberty") - (1998)
*"Arcturus" - "
The Sham Mirrors" (Guest vocals on "Radical Cut.") - (2002)
Star of Ash" - " Iter.Viator" (Various roles including guitar and bass duties.) - (2002)
Thou Shalt Suffer
* [http://www.ihsahn.com/ Ihsahn Official Site]
* [http://www.emperorhorde.com/ Emperor Official Homepage]
* [http://peccatum.com/ Peccatum Official Homepage]
* [http://www.mnemosyne.no/ Mnemosyne Productions]
* [http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=45203 Article on "The Adversary".]
* [http://www.myspace.com/ihsahnmusic Official Ihsahn Myspace Page]
* [http://www.myspace.com/ihsahnband Ihsahn Myspace Fan Page]
* [http://www.ibanez.co.jp/ibanez_artist.php?artist_id=364 Official Ibanez artist page]
* [http://www.webbworks.org/thelodge/emperorinterview.htm Emperor Interview with Ihsahn for The Lodge]
* [http://www.webbworks.org/thelodge/thoushaltsufferinterview.htm Thou Shalt Suffer Interview with Ihsahn for The Lodge]
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