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Ihsahn (born October 10, 1975 as Vegard Sverre Tveitan) is a Norwegian composer, guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor. He has appeared in Thou Shalt Suffer, up until March 4, 2006, played in Peccatum with his wife Ihriel (real name Heidi S. Tveitan), and now devotes himself to his solo project, Ihsahn. In his very early releases, he went by the name Ygg. He is currently endorsed by Ibanez and Blackstar Amplification, as of April 9, 2010.


Born in the town of Notodden, Norway, Tveitan began playing piano at seven and guitar at ten and began recording songs shortly thereafter. His influences range from heavy metal, classical, ambient, and techno. He grew up on a large farm in rural Norway.

Tveitan first met his musical partner, Tomas Haugen (also known as Samoth) at the age of thirteen at a music seminar. Tveitan gained Haugen's attention with his Iron Maiden patches. In 1990 Tveitan joined Haugen's band Xerasia. This was a death metal band where Tveitan was guitarist and keyboardist. At some point that year, they changed their name to Embryonic. A four track demo titled The Land of the Lost Souls was self financed and released in November. In 1991 they changed their name to Thou Shalt Suffer. They produced several releases before...
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