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Peccatum is one of two projects featuring former members of Emperor (the other being Zyklon), with both projects gaining prominence at around the same time that Emperor was winding down its illustrious career. Here, Emperor mainman Ihsahn is joined by his wife Ihriel and her brother Lord PZ, with all three providing vocals and Ihsahn most if not all of the instrumentation. Strangling From Within, the 1999 release, is an extreme music adventure. The various vocal styles alone bring a great deal of diversity to this album, featuring black metal shrieks, graceful female soprano tones, and clear male vocals that sometimes bring Arcturus to mind. Musically, there's a fair amount of Emperor-style black metal, but by no means is this trio limited to that style, as classical influences are clearly heard throughout, along with plenty of experimentalism that (as is often the case with such efforts) straddles the line between genius and unwarranted complexity or pretentiousness. Ihsahn followers expecting a second Emperor might be disappointed, but those into avant-garde extreme music would do well to check this band out.

Last Lineup

Ihsahn (Vegard Tveitan)

vocals/all instruments (Emperor, Ihsahn, ex-Wongraven, ex-Zyklon-B)

Ihriel (Heidi Tveitan)

vocals (guest for Ihsahn)

Former Members/Guests

Lord PZ (Pål Solberg)

vocals (ex-Source Of Tide)


Strangling From Within  
1999 Candlelight
  1. Where Do I Then Belong
  2. Speak Of The Devil
  3. The Change
  4. The Song Which No Name Carry
  5. The Sand Was Made Of Mountains
  6. I Breathe Without Access To Air
  7. The World Of No Worlds
  8. And Pray For Me
  9. An Ovation To Art
  • Ihsahn
  • Ihriel
  • Lord PZ

Oh My Regrets  EP
2000 Candlelight
  1. Rise, Ye Humans
  2. Oh, My Regrets
  3. Blood Red Skies
  • Ihsahn
  • Ihriel
  • Lord PZ

Amor Fati  
2000 Candlelight
  1. One Play. No Script.
  2. No Title For A Cause
  3. Murder
  4. A Game Divine?
  5. (Untitled 1)
  6. Rise, Ye Humans
  7. Between The Living And The Dead
  8. (Untitled 2)
  9. The Watchers Mass Pt. 1
  10. The Watchers Mass Pt. 2
  • Ihsahn
  • Ihriel
  • Lord PZ

Lost In Reverie  
2004 Mnemosyne
  1. Desolate Ever After
  2. In The Bodiless Heart
  3. Parasite My Heart
  4. Veils Of Blue
  5. Black Star
  6. Stillness
  7. The Banks Of This River Is Night
  • Ihsahn
  • Ihriel

The Moribund People  EP
  1. The Moribund People
  2. A Penny´s Worth of Heart
  3. For All Those Who Died
  • Ihsahn
  • Ihriel

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