Ishahn is a solo project from Norway with the main guy being very well known for his work in Emperor who also uses outside musicians on his solo material with a music style that I would describe as being an experimental, progressive and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Eremita" which was released by Candlelight Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats being used on this recording, while the synths bring a very dark, classical and atmospheric sound to the music along with some saxophones that give the music a very dark and avant garde feeling, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine black metal with traditional metal with a great amount of melodic riffing as well as influences from a variety of many different musical genres in the long and epic songs as well as a great amount of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads that utilize a great amount of skill and talent in addition they combine traditional metal with classical music, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to enhance the darkness that is coming out of the music.
Vocals range from raspy black metal screams that lack the power of the earlier releases from all of Ishahn's projects to a great amount of clean singing with the last song utilizing operatic female vocals, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion while this is a decent album from Ishahn some fans might not be into it since it is not as black metal as past albums but if you are a fan of the newer material from Ishahn and hear the recent recordings before this one, you should enjoy this. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Introspection" "The Eagle And The Snake" and "Something Out There". RECOMMENDED BUY.