The Bottom Line
- Diverse mix of styles.
- Released in North America April 18, 2006 on Candlelight Records.
- Recorded at Symphonique Studios in Norway.
- This is Ihsahn's first solo album.
Guide Review - Ihsahn - The Adversary
Ihsahn wrote all the music and lyrics for the album and plays all the instruments except drums. For that duty he brought aboard Asgeir Mickelson (Borknager). It's a really diverse album, both musically and vocally. There are hoarse raspy black metal style vocals along with melodic singing. Garm from Ulver is a guest vocalist. The music ranges from lush and melodic to abrasive and extreme. There are influences of everything from black metal to prog metal to death metal to mainstream metal. It's a complex album, but has plenty of melody and memorable hooks.