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Terrible quality picture, but I don't even know how I would get all those in a single picture and keep it good.
Anyway, yes Ihsahn. This collection includes basically everything he's ever been on, and it's a collection that is particularly close to my heart, as Ihsahn is currently my favourite musician. At least as far as individual people are concerned. Refused are still my favourite band, but as far as individuals go, Ihsahn is second to none.
Now then, let's tackle this bunch of CDs, starting on the left:
Thou Shalt Suffer, which is essentially the earliest incarnation of Emperor. They originally released one death metal/black metal EP in 1991 - Into the Woods of Belial - before the band split up, with Ihsahn and Samoth forming Emperor immediately afterwards. However, Ihsahn used the name again in 2000 to release his solo album Somnium, this time it being a neoclassical/darkwave/ambient album. Both releases are pictured.
Next up, the legendary Emperor, one of the most influential and well regarded black metal bands in the history of the genre (and for very good reason, I might add). The releases are:
Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant (a compilation including the self-titled EP and the first demo)
In the Nightside Eclipse
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
IX Equilibrium (Special Edition)
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath
In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition)
Following this, we have Peccatum, an avant-garde band which Ihsahn formed with his wife Ihriel (aka Starofash) as Emperor was coming to an end. Here we have:
Strangling from Within
Lost in Reverie
Oh, My Regrets EP
The Moribund People EP
Now we get to my favourite of these: Ihsahn's solo work which is what he primarily occupies himself with these days. Included here are:
After (Limited Edition)
Eremita (Limited Edition)
Das Seelenbrechen (Limited Edition)
Before we get to the stack all the way on the right, let's look at the three at the bottom:
Blood Must Be Shed - a one-of EP by members of Emperor, Satyricon and Dodheimsgard.
Grimen by Hardingrock - an experimental folk project by Ihsahn and Ihriel, joined by Norwegian folk musician Knut Buen.
Fjelltronen by Wongraven - the dark folk/ambient/medieval project by Satyr of Satyricon, on which Ihsahn plays the grand piano and synths.
As for the stack on the right, that one is for all the albums Ihsahn has appeared on as a guest:
The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
Deconstruction by Devin Townsend Project
Plains of Oblivion by Jeff Loomis
Bilateral by Leprous
Coal by Leprous
Iter.Viator by Starofash
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and **** by Ulver
And there you have it, my Ihsahn collection. Truly an incredible musician, going with ease from black metal, to classical, to the avant-garde and experimental, and doing it all flawlessly. He has an album in the works which is expected to come out this year, and I am very excited to see where he goes next.