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Ihsahn vs Taylor Swift: Who has the best cover design?

(Image credit: David Thiérrée/Republic)

Taylor Swift surprise released her new album Folklore on Friday – and the eagle-eyed among you might well have noticed that the cover bears a striking resemblance to David Thiérrée’s design for Ihsahn’s Telemark EP single, Stridig.

Swift’s black and white cover features the vocalist standing in the middle of a misty forest – and it’s caught the eye of Ihsahn who says he likes the design.

Posting the Folklore cover beside the Stridig design, Ihsahn says: “So, anyone check out the new Taylor Swift album yet? Personally, I like the design!”

Designer Thiérrée adds: “Well, folks, I’m not the only one to think that Taylor Swift's new visual is very metal. Even very close to Ihsahn's artworks I made. I could have done it for her, probably for a cheaper price than what she paid.”

The similarities have drawn a mixed response from fans, with one saying: “Now let’s wait for Taylor to appear in public wearing an Emperor t-shirt.”

Earlier this month, Ihsahn released his new track Spectre At The Feast exclusively with Metal Hammer – the first material taken from his upcoming EP Pharos

Ihsahn said: “Telemark was everything that was close to my heart: basic guitar riffing, screaming vocals. 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.”

Pharos will launch on September 11 and will include covers of Portishead's Roads and A-Ha’s Manhattan Skyline. It's now available to pre-order.

(Image credit: Candlelight)

Ihsahn: Pharos EP
1. Losing Altitude
2. Spectre At The Feast
3. Pharos
4. Roads (Portishead cover)
5. Manhattan Skyline (A-ha cover, featuring Einar Solberg of Leprous)