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Formed: 1991
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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Immortal Claim To Have Forced CoF Offstage

IMMORTAL frontman Abbath has told the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende that the group's rabid fan base forced CRADLE OF FILTH to play an abbreviated set at Slovenia's Metalcamp festival late last month by constantly screaming for the Norwegian black metal legends to take the stage.

Asked by Bergens Tidende to name the highlight of IMMORTAL's reunion tour so far, Abbath said, "It was fucking great last weekend at Metalcamp in Slovenia. The audience was totally wild. They were clearly our fans; they screamed 'Immortal!' in between the other bands' songs. CRADLE OF FILTH walked off stage because they [the audience] screamed for IMMORTAL. They played a couple of songs and walked off stage pissed off. That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen!"

The organizers of this year's Metalcamp festival, which took place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia, last week released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the rumors that CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth was "arrested" following his band's performance at the event.

According to a report posted on the Romanian web site Metalhead.ro, Dani, "in a state of advanced drunkenness," grabbed several portable fans (the kind used to control ventilation) from the stage and threw them at the security guards and the audience, which caused the crowd to start booing him. As a result the group's concert was cut short by "four songs" and the band "quietly" left the stage.

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Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Immortal Prepare For W.O.A.

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL have posted this brief message on their official website:

"Mighty hails to all our fans at Metalcamp. You were truly great, loud and dedicated. After a thunderous classic show at Metalcamp (in) Slovenia (on) July 20, IMMORTAL finally head for the seventh date of Blashyrkh at Wacken Open Air, August 4. Let the battle be fought to be won.

See ya all soon!!!

Abbath, Horgh, Apollyon, Demonaz"

As reported earlier, W:O:A 2007 is scheduled to take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany.

All the confirmed bands are: 1349, ALL THAT REMAINS, AMORPHIS, ANIMAL ALPHA, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BLITZKRIEG, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMENSION ZERO, DIMMU BORGIR, DIR EN GREY, DISILLUSION, DRONE, ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK, ENSLAVED, FAIR TO MIDLAND, FALCONER, FASTWAY, GRAVE DIGGER, GUTBUCKET, HAGGARD, HATESPHERE, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, MAMBO KURT, MAROON, MENDEED, MENNEN, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NARZISS, NEAERA, NORTHER, OVERKILL, PHARAOH, POSSESSED, RAGE, ROSE TATTOO, SABBAT, SACRED REICH, SAHG, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SECRETS OF THE MOON, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, SUIDAKRA, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE SORROW, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TURISAS, TURBONEGRO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER, VITAL REMAINS, VOLBEAT and W:O:A FIREFIGHTERS.

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Immortal Doing Well Since Regrouping

A two-and-a-half-minute video clip of IMMORTAL frontman breathing fire on stage during the band's appearance at the Tuska festival Friday night (June 29) in Helsinki, Finland has been posted at YouTube. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. The Sun No Longer Rises
02. Withstand The Fall Of Time
03. Sons Of Northern Darkness
04. Tyrants
05. One By One
06. Wrath From Above
07. Unholy Forces Of Evil
08. Unsilent Storms
09. At The Heart Of Winter
10. Battles In The North

IMMORTAL's July 13, 2007 concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill was officially sold out (1,014 tickets sold) as of a week and a half ago. Less than 200 tickets are still available for the July 15, 2007 show at the Avalon in Los Angeles, California via Ticketmaster and EnterTheVault.com.

After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of black metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full-length albums, including the 2002 milestone, "Sons of Northern Darkness". Following a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.

"I needed a break," Abbath explained. "I think we all did! We were simply burnt out, and there was no point in continuing. We had a Norwegian tour booked, and had performed at some great festivals both in the U.S. and Europe, but it just didn't feel right any longer."

In the meantime, drummer Horgh toured with Sweden's death metal masters HYPOCRISY and released the "Virus" album, while Abbath has been working on his sideproject, I, featuring members of ENSLAVED and SAHG, along with IMMORTAL's original drummer, Armagedda.

"I'm really proud of that album," Abbath stated enthusiastically, "and it was an important album to make in order to be able to focus on IMMORTAL again." More...

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Immortal To Headline Hole In The Sky Festival

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL are confirmed as headliners for this year's Hole In The Sky festival, which will take place August 22nd-25th in Bergen, Norway. Other acts on the bill include MELECHESH, DESTROYER 666, IMMOLATION, NAPALM DEATH and TESTAMENT. More...

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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Dead To This World Choose Producer

Norwegian producer Bjørnar E Nielsen is to produce the new album from Black Metallers DEAD TO THIS WORLD. The album will be recorded at Nielsen’s Conclave Media Studios in Bergen.

Nielsen, who has produced albums by bands such as HELHEIM, SULPHUR, DEATHCON, AMPERA and VULTURE INDUSTRIES (of whom he is also a member), is currently building a new studio together with ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal. He is also working on material for a new album for his own band, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR.

DEAD TO THIS WORLD was originally founded by Iscariah (NECROPHAGIA, ex-IMMORTAL) as a solo project, but was expanded to a full line-up, releasing a three-track demo in 2005. Following the departure of their drummer, Iscariah recently announced that former GORGOROTH member Kvitrafn (SIGFADER, WARDRUNA, JOTUNSPOR, ex SAHG) would be joining the band to record the new album. Tracks from the original demo can be heard on the band’s MySpace page.

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Ex-Gorgoroth Drummer To Guest On DTTW Album

Following the departure of Mord and Goatpromoter Lava due to other commitments, Norwegian Black Metallers DEAD TO THIS WORLD have announced that Kvitrafn (Jotunspor, ex Gorgoroth) will be taking over drumming duties for the recording of the new album.

Iscariah, front-man and founder member of DEAD TO THIS WORLD commented “I'm very satisfied with the fact that Kvitrafn will be lending his abilities to this album. Even though it's unfortunate that the others had to part with the band, it was still a necessary move. In fact, because of this, recording will start at a much earlier date than was originally anticipated!"

Iscariah (Necrophagia, ex-Immortal) originally created DEAD TO THIS WORLD as a solo project in 2002, producing a three-track demo in 2005, which was limited to 150 copies and available only for promotional purposes. A limited edition 7” of the demo was later released on Iron Pegasus Records, whilst Hearse Records released a split 7” with AUDIOPAIN in 2007. Tracks from both these releases can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page.

More information on the forthcoming album, which promises to remain true to the speed/thrash/black underground, will be available shortly.

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Immortal To Be Guests On Norwegian HB Ball

Reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL will be the featured guests on the Norwegian edition of MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" on Sunday, April 1 beginning at 22.00.

Two full "Headbanger's Ball" episodes will be dedicated to Inferno Festival. The first show, "Inferno Vorspiel", will also be shown on big screen at the Inferno Metal Expo on April 5-6, and "Headbanger's Ball" host Pete Evil (BLOOD TSUNAMI guitarist/singer) will be DJing at the Inferno Metal Expo and will conduct the keynote interview with Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ANTHRAX) at the Inferno Music Conference.

After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of black metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full-length albums, including the 2002 milestone, "Sons of Northern Darkness". Following a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.

Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL lineup, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from AURA NOIR.

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Reunited Immortal Issues Update

Reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL have issued the following update:

"A new dawn rises with the return of IMMORTAL and we strongly appreciate all the great support from every one of you...

"From above the gates we stride at hand as 'The Seven Dates of Blashyrkh' draw nearer and the force is strong upon this coming storm.

"Under the banner of Blashyrkh we ride mightier than all years before at one with you: the IMMORTAL horde....the wind will lead us!"

After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of black metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full-length albums, including the 2002 milestone, "Sons of Northern Darkness". Following a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.

Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL lineup, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from AURA NOIR.

"I needed a break," Abbath explained. "I think we all did! We were simply burnt out, and there was no point in continuing. We had a Norwegian tour booked, and had performed at some great festivals both in the U.S. and Europe, but it just didn't feel right any longer."

In the meantime, drummer Horgh toured with Sweden's death metal masters HYPOCRISY and released the "Virus" album, while Abbath has been working on his sideproject, I, featuring members of ENSLAVED and SAHG, along with IMMORTAL's original drummer, Armagedda.

"I'm really proud of that album," Abbath stated enthusiastically, "and it was an important album to make in order to be able to focus on IMMORTAL again."

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Interlock Confirm Slot on Hellfest 2007


The London based cyber-metal sextet posted the following update via their record label's [Anti Culture Records] website:

Cheap duty-free orders at the ready, we're off to the continent for some sun and salacious behaviour... and perhaps a touch of heavy-as-hell industrial metal for the benefit of our European cousins.

We're salivating over our passports with delight in confirming that we will be appearing on saturday 23rd june at hellfest 2007 in clisson, france. the lineup includes Immortal, Cannibal Corpse, Blind Guardian, Gutworm, Slit and many more. Check back here regularly for more details as to which stage and what time.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Details On Inferno Fest Kick- Off Party

Inferno Festival organizers have issued the following update:

"Like last year, there will be a kick-off party in Trondheim, Norway. ALLFADER and OLM will play live. During the evening we will announce the full Inferno lineup and we are giving away one Inferno Festival three-day pass and some other goodies. The event will take place at Kafe Larssen. Doors open at 22.00 with the first band going on at approx. 23.00. Tickets cost 80 NOK and it's an 18 year age limit. More information can be found here."

The 2007 Inferno Festival (www.infernofestival.net) is scheduled for April 5th - 7th at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. The festival lineup is as follows: ANAAL NATHRAKH, DARK FUNERAL, DØDHEIMSGARD (DHG), IMMORTAL, PRIMORDIAL.

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.

More details as they become available.

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Gutworm Confirmed for Hellfest 2007

The UK metal outfit Gutworm have been confirmed for Hellfest in France this summer, June 22, 23 & 24. Other acts confirmed so far are IMMORTAL, NAPLAM DEATH, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE among many others.

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Vreid Confirmed For Slovenia's Metalcamp Festival

VREID, the Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), has been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2007 festival, set to take place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia. More than 80 bands will perform on two stages over the course of five days of live music. VREID will play on the main stage on July 18. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Swallow The Sun Added To Wacken Open Air Bill

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Immortal Can't Wait To Finally Perform Again

Reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL have issued the following update:

"Some months have passed since we announced our reunion shows and we would like to say thanks for all the fantastic feedback we have received. Abbath and Apollyon (AURA NOIR) rehearsed together last weekend, and with Horgh just back from the U.S., we will start with full band rehearsals in January. Our first gig will be the Inferno Festival in Norway, and during the summer, we will play the confirmed shows in France, Finland, USA, Slovenia and Germany. We wish you all the best for now, and can't wait to finally perform for you again."

Upcoming IMMORTAL concerts:

Apr. 5-7 - Oslo, NOR @ Inferno Festival
Jun. 22-24 - Clisson, FRA @ Hellfest
Jun. 29-Jul. 1 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Open Air
Jul. 13 - New York City, NY @ BB King's
Jul. 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
Jul. 20 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metal Camp
Aug. 2-4 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air

After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of modern Nordic Black Metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full-length albums, including the 2002 milestone, "Sons of Northern Darkness". Following a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.

Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL lineup, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from AURA NOIR.

"I needed a break," Abbath explained. "I think we all did! We were simply burnt out, and there was no point in continuing. We had a Norwegian tour booked, and had performed at some great festivals both in the U.S. and Europe, but it just didn't feel right any longer."

In the meantime, drummer Horgh toured with Sweden's death metal masters HYPOCRISY and released the "Virus" album, while Abbath has been working on his sideproject, I, featuring members of ENSLAVED and SAHG, along with IMMORTAL's original drummer, Armagedda.

"I'm really proud of that album," Abbath stated enthusiastically, "and it was an important album to make in order to be able to focus on IMMORTAL again."

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Napalm Death Confirmed For France's Hellfeset

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

1349
BLIND GUARDIAN
CANNIBAL CORPSE
EPHEL DUATH
HATEBREED
IMMORTAL
KICKBACK
MOHO
NAPALM DEATH
ORTHODOX
THERION

For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.

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