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Ihsahn’s Eremita full stream

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So, does Ihsahn’s newest proggy, post-black-metal release sound anything at all like Metallica or Daughtry? Of course the fuck not.

Is it way more awesome than that specious comparison would suggest? Absolutely.

Should you be listening to it right now? Yes. Yes, you should.

Ihsahn (ex-Emperor) is getting spacier and spacier with each release, and I couldn’t be happier with the progression. The man who singlehandedly convinced me that brass instruments could be used effectively in metal (sorry, Gwar), a thing I considered impossible, seems to be able to do now wrong. Eremita is markedly less heavy that 2010’s After, but there’s no doubt this is a metal record. It is one of my most anticipated releases for this year next to Gojira’s forthcoming album.

Stand out tracks for me so far are “The Paranoid” (with Devin Tonswend!) and “The Eagle and The Snake,” the latter of which is particularly huge. Check the sax in that one.

I’ve also found that the whole thing is on Spotify, so if that’s your jam, check it out there.

Ihsahn live in Tokyo like 3 days ago.

Do you love black metal? Do you love hour long free concerts recorded in surprisingly good quality? Of course you do! Who doesn’t?!

Then you are going to love this record of a recent (as in, December 5th, 2011) concert by Ihsahn of obvious Emperor fame in Tokyo. That’s in Japan. Holy shit. It is so awesome. You should watch it.

Emperor’s “Empty”

To celebrate The Black Laser’s new, 150% more Black Metal logo, here is a music video by my favorite traditional Black Metal band, Emperor.

To me, the preeminent band to arise from the Black Metal scene in Norway in the early 90s, Emperor was the band that added Black Metal to my metal lexicon. Where other bands were too ridiculous in their corpsepaint and theatrics to be taken seriously, Emperor always felt deadly earnest. They maintained a raw energy and low-fi aesthetic that is integral to Black Metal, but they also didn’t shy away from a little bit of production to help their records shine. It was as if they understood (correctly) that they didn’t need to sound like a murky, 12th generation tape demo to be fucking brutal. For all the silliness of Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, or Immortal, Emperor drove Black Metal throw the snow with the fires of hell fueling their rampage. You couldn’t help but take Emperor seriously.

And though there have been other Black Metal bands and Blackened-Whatever bands since Emperor—even Ihsahn’s solo work would fall into this arena—that have written better songs and put out better records, Emperor still stands as the perfect example of what Black Metal should and could be when respected enough to throw away the stupid trappings of the scene.

Enjoy and respect the Darkness.

A Happy Valentine’s Day from The Black Laser!

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Because I do love you all so very, very much and want to let you know on this beautiful, false holiday, I’ve prepared a little mix for you to enjoy. I was originally just going to post a Carcass video and be done with it, but that felt a little cheap so I spent the last hour and a half preparing a heart warming Valentine’s Day mix for all my readers.

1. Acid Bath “Paegan Love Song”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/01-Paegan-Love-Song.mp3|titles=Paegan Love Song|artists=Acid Bath]

2. Anal Cunt “In My Heart There’s a Star Named After You”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-In-My-Heart-Theres-A-Star-Named-After-You.mp3|titles=In My Heart There’s A Star Named After You|artists=Anal Cunt]

3. Neaera “Definition of Love”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/03-Definition-Of-Love.mp3|titles=Definition Of Love|artists=Neaera]

4. Pig Destroyer “Girl in the Slayer Jacket”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/04-Girl-in-the-Slayer-Jacket.mp3|titles=Girl in the Slayer Jacket|artists=Pig Destroyer]

5. Network “Love on the Lips of a Whore”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/05-Love-On-The-Lips-Of-A-Whore.mp3|titles=Love On The Lips Of A Whore|artists=Network]

6. Agents of Oblivion “Dead Girl”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/06-Dead-Girl.mp3|titles=Dead Girl|artists=Agents of Oblivion]

7. Gwar “Rock N’ Roll Never Felt So Good”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/07-Rock-N-Roll-Never-Felt-So-Good.mp3|titles=Rock N Roll Never Felt So Good|artists=Gwar]

8. Converge “Heartless”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/08-Heartless.mp3|titles=Heartless|artists=Converge]

9. Pantera “This Love”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/09-This-Love.mp3|titles=This Love|artists=Pantera]

10. The Red Chord “Love on the Concrete”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/10-Love-On-The-Concrete.mp3|titles=Love On The Concrete|artists=The Red Chord]

11. Carcass “No Love Lost”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/11-No-Love-Lost.mp3|titles=No Love Lost|artists=Carcass]

12. Biohazard “Love Denied”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/12-Love-Denied.mp3|titles=Love Denied|artists=Biohazard]

13. As I Lay Dying “Empty Hearts”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/13-Empty-Hearts.mp3|titles=Empty Hearts|artists=As I Lay Dying]

14. Pro-Pain “Make War (Not Love)”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/14-Make-War-Not-Love.mp3|titles=Make War (Not Love)|artists=Pro-Pain]

15. Slayer “Love To Hate”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/15-Love-To-Hate.mp3|titles=Love To Hate|artists=Slayer]

16. Cannibal Corpse “Infinite Misery”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/16-Infinite-Misery.mp3|titles=Infinite Misery|artists=Cannibal Corpse]

17. Agoraphobic Nosebleed “The Newlyweds Are Raped”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/17-The-Newlyweds-Are-Raped.mp3|titles=The Newlyweds Are Raped|artists=Agoraphobic Nosebleed]

18. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/18-Black-Hearts-Now-Reign.mp3|titles=Black Hearts Now Reign|artists=Unearth]

19. The Hope Conspiracy “Defiant Hearts”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/19-Defiant-Hearts.mp3|titles=Defiant Hearts|artists=The Hope Conspiracy]

20. Morbid Angel “Nothing But Fear”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/20-Nothing-But-Fear.mp3|titles=Nothing But Fear|artists=Morbid Angel]

21. Emperor “Ensorcelled By Khaos”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/21-Ensorcelled-By-Khaos.mp3|titles=Ensorcelled By Khaos|artists=Emperor]

22. Celeste “Il y aura des femmes à remercier et de la chair à embrocher”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/22-Il-y-aura-des-femmes-à-remercier-et-de-la-chair-à-embrocher.mp3|titles=Il y aura des femmes à remercier et de la chair à embrocher|artists=Celeste]

23. Killswitch Engage “My Last Serenade”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/23-My-Last-Serenade.mp3|titles=My Last Serenade|artists=Killswitch Engage]

24. Deicide “Till Death Do Us Part”

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/24-Till-Death-Do-Us-Part.mp3|titles=Till Death Do Us Part|artists=Deicide]

25. DMX Crew “You Can’t Hide Your Love (Hidden Love Mix)

[audio:http://www.theblacklaser.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/25-You-Cant-Hide-Your-Love.mp3|titles=You Can’t Hide Your Love (Hidden Love Mix)|artists=DMX Crew]

There you have it! 25 unrelenting tracks of pure Valentine’s Day LOVE.

And in case you want to download the whole thing and listen to it at home, at work, in the car, at the gym, while making love, in jail, on a spaceship, while fighting orcs, or anywhere else you need a Valentine’s Day soundtrack, you can get it here: Valumtime’s Day 2011