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Ihsahn releases video of cover of A-ha's Manhattan Skyline

Ihsahn
(Image credit: Bjørn Tore Moen)

Ihsahn has released the video for his stunning cover of A-ha's Manhattan Skyline which he teased earlier this week. The c over is taken from Ihsahn's upcoming new EP Pharos which will be released through Candlelight records on September 11. The new EP represents a more ethereal, progressive side to Ihsahn's music after Telemark, released in February, concentrated on his metal roots.

The new cover features Lerpous singer Einar Solberg on vocals. Leprous, of course, started life as Ihsahn's own backing band

"There are some hints of A-ha even on the second Emperor album," exclaims Ihsahn of the new cover, which will undoubtedly surprise both his metal and prog fans. “I never wanted to be as one-dimensional as this black metal image. When I turned 40, I stopped caring but if you start out playing black metal when you're 16, it's hardly because you want to be everybody's favourite.”

Pharos features three original compositions and two covers including a haunting take on Roads, originally by British trip-hop collective Portishead. 

Telemark was everything that was close to my heart: basic guitar riffing, screaming vocals,” says Ihsahn. “I thought, ‘I need to do a sequel where I do the exact opposite’ - things that I don't know how to do, explore sonic territory that I haven't explored.”

Pre-order Pharos.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.