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Angl is the second full length solo album of Emperor frontman Ihsahn who is a Norwegian composer, guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor. In his very early releases, he went by the name Ygg.


1. Misanthrope
2. Scarab
3. Unhealer
4. Emancipation
5. Malediction
6. Alchemist
7. Elevator
8. Threnody
9. Monolith

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B00127R7JM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Corneille on May 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Some said that the Adversary was a kind of Mercyful Fate meets Emperor, although in my view it was more of Judas Priest (Sad wings ... era) meets Emperor with King Diamond falsettos. On here, one can say that is Opeth meets Emperor, and the presence of Mikael Akerfeldt on the song Unhealer will not deny this assertion. Adding some weird Alice in Chains impressions that I will not examine any further because it is just me. Now enters the music itself. The first track Misanthrope is quite reminiscent of Invocation (first track on The Adversary) as this one was of Curse You All Men, like if Ihsahn was trying to tell us, hey, it's me again as an introduction. But, Misanthrope is not as ardent as was Invocation, and not as triumphant as Curse You All Men. Misanthrope is more on the brooding side of things, more desperate also, underlined by a vindictive undertone, I would say in a much more darker mood than on The Adversary. And that's what will come out from the full opus as a feeling.

Scarab follows, this one in my ears and perception, being the most epic track of the album. While groovy, heavy and proggy, the piano interlude where Ihsahn lays very tasty clean vocals is followed by a symphonic bridge in a true Ihsahnesque fashion. Very good song. And then Unhealer begins, in a melancholic way, strengthens by Mikael Akerfeldt's angelic voice, then the melancholy leaves to let the chorus spread its menacing tension where Akerfeldt growls and Ihsahn screams. Oddly the song ends with a fade out, which is rare in Ihsahn way of making music. Haunting track. Follows Emancipation, the catchy song, but not in a way one could expect from Ihsahn. It has jazzy verses and some sort of a death/doom chorus, while being still very much progressive. Kind of a earworm for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Savo on August 5, 2008
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This album blew me away. Im 29 years old and have been listening to metal for many years, but over the past few years of my life Ive grown tired of it and seemed to think none of it was ever going to get better. But one day I ramdomly found this album at a local record store and I havent stopped listening since. The arrangments and musicianship is amazing. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Even if youre not a metal fan, youll at least be able to appreciate his talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Juanito el del demo on August 21, 2008
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In a few words, it's clearly the best metal album in 2008. There are great runner-ups: Leviathan, Lair of the Minotaur, Arsis, Draconian, Testament and Ayreon have made amazing efforts, but Ihsahn's AngL combines sensibility with strength, making it an accesible head-blowing masterpiece. His black metal heritage is there, although in a more mature and elegant way, and the lyrics are blasphemous yet intelligent. If you're still not conviced to buy this album, just listen to "Unhealer", his collaboration with Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth. No doubt, we're in front of one of the greatest musicians of our time.

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En pocas palabras: es sencillamente el mejor album de 2008. Hay grandes finalistas: Leviathan, Lair of the Minotaur, Arsis, Draconian, Testament y Ayreon produjeron obras impresionantes, pero AngL de Ihsahn mezcla perfectamente fuerza y sensiblidad, convirtiendolo en una obra maestra que, aunque te volara la cabeza, lo hara de manera accesibe. Su ruda herencia blackmetalera esta presente, pero con madurez y elegancia, y las letras, aunque son blasfemas, son inteligentes. Y si aun no estan convencidos de comprar el album, tan solo escuchen "Unhealer", su colaboracion con Mikael Akerfeldt de Opeth. Sin duda, estamos ante uno de los mas grandes compositores de nuestra era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Doniger on July 10, 2008
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Just as good, if not better, than "The Adversary." Not as much use of falsetto vocals though, which I liked on the first album, but the songwriting is more varied, deep, and memorable here. Track three features Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth - it's one of my new favorite songs, but I'm a bit biased (being a big-time Opeth fan). A lot of beautifully ambient passages scattered throughout the tracks. I'd venture to say this is better than Emperor, even though black metal geeks would have me hanged for that sentiment; this isn't really black metal, it's dark metal with some black metal influence. If you like dark music of any sort, don't hesitate to get this.
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I don't think it would be correct to consider Ihsahn's second album angL an improvement to his first solo effort The Adversary. While this album progresses and goes new places, mainly darker and more sinister places, the genius is so clearly present on his previous work that it would be unfair and frankly lazy to say that angL is "better" than The Adversary; it's different certainly, but also no less brilliant.

I don't see the need to rehash what I assume everyone already knows about Ihsahn's solo efforts. Needless to say, therefore, if you loved the first one, you'll love this one, and for many of the same reasons. But there are a few new (though related) reasons to love angL, and those are the ones I will highlight. With very limited exception, Ihsahn's focus hasn't been on aggression since his work with Emperor. Not since "Curse You All Men" has he put this much fury into his music, without any loss to its beauty. This emphasis on aggression also lets Ihsahn show off his chops: black and thrash riffs abound on this work - all tastefully done, of course. Then there's "Unhealer," which is a reason in itself: awesome. But that pretty much goes for the whole album. Honestly, if you don't like this album, there may just be something wrong with you. (Of course, if you've ever written a review in all caps, then there definitely something wrong with you. Just thought I'd let you know.)
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