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Ihsahn’s fifth solo album, Das Seelenbrechen, will be released by Candlelight Records on October 22 in North America. It can be pre-ordered here. Last month a song from the album named “Hiber” debuted on a BBC radio show. It was available at the station’s on-line site for a week. Today Candlelight made “Hiber” available for listening at Soundcloud.

“Hiber” is how the name is shown on Candlelight and Ihsahn’s Facebook pages and on the Soundcloud stream. However, previous press releases announcing the album’s track list spell it “Hilber”. A rose by any other name . . .

I’ve already raved about the song. I’ll rave about it again: It swirls and it stomps, it echoes and it pounds, the guitar spirals around complex rhythms, a string section takes wing, and Ihsahn claws with his voice (no clean singing on this one, thank you very much). It’s dark, disconcerting, and occasionally dissonant, but it will also stick with you. Imaginative, heavy music.

If you missed it when it was on the radio, have a listen now:


  5 Responses to “IHSAHN: “HIBER” (OR IS IT “HILBER”?)”

  1. Finally! I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my ears on this. It seems different from his previous fare but not nearly as “experimental” as the press release made it sound. Then again, it’s only the first track.

  2. I’ve had visions of evil flowers in my mind ever since I listened to those opening lyrics. I’m thinking an Ihsahn/Botanist tour would be pretty cool.

  3. This is awesome. Definitely not as experimental as was implied, however I definitely dig it!

  4. excellent song, i’ll definitely be picking up a copy of this!

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