Show of hands: how many of you are excited for the new Ihsahn album, Eremita? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

It has only been two years since Ihsahn’s last solo effort, After, was released, but dammit it feels so much longer than that. When you’re given such phenomenal music, you instantly want more of it, and if Ihsahn’s music is anything, it’s phenomenal. We have about twenty days left until this latest masterpiece is released, and even though the folks around here have been lucky enough to listen to the thing in its entirety, it still feels like hell having to wait for the damn thing to get in here in all it’s plastic-ey goodness.

Luckily for all of us the kind people in Ihsahn’s camp have seen fit to release a new single from the forthcoming release, and let me tell you, it’s a doozy. ‘Introspection‘ is the third track from this juggernaut of an album, and if the prospect of hearing a new Ihsahn song wasn’t enough to make your day maybe the fact that the song features guest vocals from Heavy Blog favorite Devin Townsend will change your tune, and maybe  give you a little pep to your step. Even though this is only the second song featuring both of these amazing musicians — the first being the Devin Townsend Project’s ‘Juular’ —- it’s hard to ignore the fact that they sound so frickin good together. With Ihsahn and Townsend always experimenting with new things, maybe if we all hope and prayer to the music gods we’ll eventually get a full-blown collaborative album out of these two?! Oh, how a boy can dream.

You can stream the new single over at GuitarWorld, and after that you should probably go pre-order Eremita. Like, as soon as possible. Then let us know what you think of the song in the comments below. Eremita is due out June 19th on Candlelight Records. Cheers!

- EC