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Ihsahn Thinks The Weeknd Goes Harder Than Today’s Extreme Metal Bands


If you’ve followed black metallers Emperor in your lifetime, you already know that frontman Ihsahn doesn’t care for contemporary metal. Back in the day, the dude would tell anyone around that all he liked to listen to was classical music, and that he found modern metal boring. Now, while promoting his upcoming Ibaraki album with Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, the baroque-ass metal frontman has gone one step further, saying R&B singer The Weeknd is more hardcore than today’s extreme metal bands.

Speaking to Metal Hammer, Ihsahn said the following:

“It’s so heavy. Maybe it’s just me being old and grumpy, but there’s so much new metal coming out where there’s no danger. I listen to a lot of commercial R&B like The Weeknd. That’s darker and more edgy and more experimental than most new extreme metal bands, to be honest.” 

Whoa — that dude is edgy. A metal musician who listens to non-metal? Kuh-razy.

Ihsahn later doubled down, singing the praises of My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, who appears on the record:

“It’s really cool of him to want to join that. I wasn’t aware that he’s into that style of music so I think it’s really cool. I think it’s something he and Matt had been talking about. I think he did a really great job. He comes from a different world – screaming is not his natural way of singing.”

So there you have it: renowned metal artist who doesn’t really care for metal prefers R&B and likes that a famous emo singer appeared on his record. Good times.

Ibaraki’s Rashomon will be released May 6th via Nuclear Blast. The album is available for preorder. Check out the record’s first single “Akumu” below, followed by album details:

Ibaraki’s Rashomon:

  1. Hakanaki Hitsuzen
  2. Kagutsuchi
  3. Ibaraki-Dōji
  4. Jigoku Day
  5. Tamashii No Houkai
  6. Akumu (Feat. Nergal)
  7. Komorebi
  8. Rōnin (Feat. Gerard Way)
  9. Susanoo No Mikoto (Feat. Ihsahn)
  10. Kaizoku
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