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The Adversary [CD]

Ihsahn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000ERU572
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the black metal emperor 10 April 2006
By pigtank
Format:Audio CD
Trying to write a review for Ihsahn's first solo album is easier said than done, being a loyal fan of Emperor it is hard to not write a review with the underlying pre-conceptions.

A continuation from Prometheus this is and isn't.
Opening up with the amazing "Invocation" you can tell that there still remains the style that Ihsahn and Emperor brought to the Black Metal scene - a good thing seeing as how they were undouabtly one of the pioneers of mainstream Norwegian black metal.

"Citizen" is clearly a stand-out track on this CD, just one glance at the lyrics and you get an in-depth insight into the thinking of Ihsahn and especially his views on modern society.

Ihsahn is a gifted man. He has taken the Emperor basis and now formed an extension of the sound they created. It would have been easy for him to completely deny what made him big in the first place, but thankfully he has not.

Check out the song "will you love me now" if you're unsure about making a purchase. The song will sum up the album best as possible and the lyrical content will give an insight into a certain band breaking up!

Nice one Ihsahn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 July 2006
By Peter T
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The purchase of this album was one of my first forages into black metal (the other being Satyricon and Darkthrones latest, both excellent albums too by the way, especially Now Diabolical, which rocks a hell of a lot) and I was blown away by the complexity of the orchestration. Beware - this is difficult listening, even by the standards of progessive metal. But if you put the effort in it is a rewarding experience. The music is always very grand, quite often veering on grandiose. Most of the time the album is in black metal territory, but should be listined to by all metal fans. Occassionally it veers into power metal, not my favourite genre, but it works well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! 20 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
What a fantastic album from Ihsahn. It is exactly what I was hoping for from the ex-Emperor man (or is it current...?). A total joy from start to finish, it takes the grandiose black metal pomp of the also fantasic "Prometheus..." and infuses it with a much higher dose of King Diamond stylings (think "Tongue of Fire" from Prometheus x 100 and youre getting there).

This is a much more accessable album than any of the Emperor releases, and certainly more so than Peccatum. I am a huge fan of Peccatum but I hoped with all my heart that Ihsahn would follow this path with his solo work as I knew he could produce something to topple Prometheus when freed from the shackles brought on by the pressure of being in the most influential black metal band on the planet. It has some truly ferocious black metal in there but in equal parts with some beautiful vocal melodies and instrumental sections. Track 4 with Garm from Ulver on guest vocals is a gem as is the epic 10 minute closer, which definitley has Ihsahns best vocal performance in his career to date.

If you have any interest at all in Emperor, or any black metal band for that matter, or King Diamond, or Opeth, or Akercocke, or any such progressive metal shenanigans then you owe it to yourself, and to Ihsahn, to pick this up and listen to what he's created. It certainly bodes well, at least creatively, for that elusive full studio Emperor reformation....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible 24 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is far more accessible than anything Emperor did. On the first few listens, I didn't really like it on the grounds that it's too mainstream. But it's mainstream in the sense of Scandinavian black metal mainstream. Not really mainstream at all.

After many many listens later, I still find it interesting and keep coming back to it, so I guess is complex enough to keep me interested (and most albums aren't). There seems to be a very strong King Diamond influence here, apparent in the vocals, but in the music as well. There are also strong classical influences, but it somehow doesn't come across as pretentious (which is how Prometheus always sounded to me).

There are places in which there seems to be a definite influence from some '80s guitar albums - Tony McAlpine, Jason Becker and the like. It leaves me wondering if Isahn's next album will have a reinterpretation of that old George Harrison song. While my guitar gently burns down the church, maybe.

Not hardcore Scandi BM, but very interesting and very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the ordeal of fire 12 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is actually the final Ihsahn album I've bought, after Angl and After, and I can safely say that it doesn't disappoint in any way. All three are great albums, I can't choose a favourite, if I had to I'd probably say Angl but they all have some great songs and are all worth getting if you're interested in progressive extreme metal. I'd like to state that the music on this is nowhere near as extreme as what Emperor produced, but in all honesty I prefer Ihsahn's solo output. The clean passages and vocals really help to give it another edge, and gives this album a lot of variety. Ihsahn goes from using his screamed vocals to singing to using a falcetto voice that many have compared with King Diamond. Whilst I've only heard it a few times since buying it, and I haven't managed to digest all of it I would definitely say that Homecoming stands out to me; the vocals in particular are incredible and memorable. Invocation is a very good track, as are Called by the Fire and Will You Love Me Now? I've not yet had time to read the lyric booklet through with it, but from what I've heard they are pretty good, I've heard comments that Citizen's lyrics are very sharp and poignant.

Overall a really good album for fans of melodious and extreme music. I highly recommend his entire trilogy.
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