Former EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn will play keyboards on the forthcoming debut album from GOD OF ATHEISTS, the Norwegian extreme metal project led by Asgeir Mickelson (SARKE, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR, TESTAMENT). The CD will also feature Trym (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, ENSLAVED) on drums, Mickelson on rhythm guitar, ICS Vortex (DIMMU BORGIR, BORKNAGAR) on vocals, and Carl A. Tidemann (ARCTURUS, WINDS) on lead guitar.
Says Mickelson: “[Ihsahn‘s] contribution adds a new dimension to the music without making GOD OF ATHEISTS symphonic extreme metal — just as intended! Stoked!”
Asgeir previously described GOD OF ATHEISTS as “the extreme metal project which I wrote most of the music for in 2008. One song was originally written for BORKNAGAR back in 2004, but was never finished, so I rewrote it and it’s now way too brutal for BORKNAGAR‘s style. The overall style is kind of ‘Norwegian black metal done death metal.’ It’s brutal but also very melodic.”