Band Photo: Immortal (?)
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Regrouped
Latest Immortal News
Below is our complete Immortal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
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...
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...
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."
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:
For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.
Elina of Greece's Metal Temple webzine recently conducted an interview with IMMORTAL / I frontman Abbath. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Metal Temple: How come you chose this humble name for the new project?
Abbath: I didn't want to call it ABBATH so...
Metal Temple: [Laughs] Ok, I get your point!
Abbath: I thought it was a brilliant idea. It was Demonaz's idea and while I was struggling to find a name, I didn't want to call it ABBATH even though it's kind of a solo project and of course not IMMORTAL because it's not IMMORTAL but a solo project. Demonaz suggested the name I and I thought it was just great! He also came with the name IMMORTAL back then! So, yes, it's cool and I think that this name. I really symbolizes things; it's like a column!
Metal Temple: What were the impressions from the Hole In The Sky Festival in August which was also the first appearance of I?
Abbath: People liked it. I was struggling a bit on stage because I was suffering from an infection and after a couple of songs I was in a lot of pain and it was difficult to do a lot of stuff on stage, but I had to be focused until the show was over. We also didn't have a very good sound on stage because we didn't have a sound check so it was?well, it has been better! But, we did the best we could under that situation and the audience seemed to like it.
Metal Temple: What about the song "Far Beyond the Quiet" and its dedication to Quorthon of BATHORY? How did this occur?
Abbath: Actually, when I composed that song, there wasn't any intention to make it sound like BATHORY but it ended up like that. So, Demonaz, when he listened to it, he told me that this could be a pretty cool dedication to Quorthon if he could also write the lyrics in his spirit, as he too is a big fan of Quorthon's writing. So he did a fantastic job with that as well.
Metal Temple: In what ways do you believe your music has progressed through this album?
Abbath: It's like we are on a balance point with this one. We have searched the golden past, but we have also opened new doors and made something fresh for this new era. That's generally my opinion and I think that many people agree with it. A lot of people are actually waiting for this album
Metal Temple: Are there any touring plans arranged?
Abbath: We haven't planned any tour or anything with I, but I would love to come to the Rockwave Festival with IMMORTAL, although there aren't any offers from its organizers, but anyway, I would like to come as soon as possible to Greece 'cause I really like it there and I also have some friends there.
Read the full article at Metal Temple.
Speaking with BW&BK about his new musical venture I, IMMORTAL frontman Abbath shed some light on the possibility of a new Immortal album that could follow the band's reunion shows.
Says Abbath, "After the shows next year, we'll see where we are at with Immortal and how the spirit in the band is. Because I already have ideas if we are gonna do a new Immortal album!
If it happens, we’re not gonna continue from Sons Of Northern Darkness, because Sons, Damned In Black, and At The Heart Of Winter were like a trio. More...
Following the previous announcement of reunited Norwegian Black metallers Immortal 's return to the stage in 2007, Photograve Management confirms two further possibilities to experience Immortal live next year:
June 29 - July 1, Immortal will make Finnish ears bleed with their co-headlining performance at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki. This is the first time ever Immortal plays Finland, so it should make for a very special show - being the band's only appearance in Finland for 2007. For more information on Tuska, please visit the official site here.
July 20th, it's Slovenia's turn to be conquered, as Immortal headlines the 4th edition of Metal Camp in Tolmin, truly bringing Hell In Paradise to Slovenia. The official homepage of the festival is found at this location.
Immortal's Exclusive Live Appearances For 2007: More...
Details on the soundtrack for the next game in the Tony Hawk skateboarding video game series have been released. Tony Hawk's Project 8 will feature 56 songs from bands including notables Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Slayer, Immortal, Thine Eyes Bleed, The Sword, Bad Religion, the Ramones, and the Cure among others.
The complete list follows: More...
CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult 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...
Reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL have announced the following US tour dates in addition to their previously announced headlining appearance at next year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany:
July 13 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
July 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
Tickets will go on sale October 13, 2006 at Noon.
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. After a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.
Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL line-up, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from AURA NOIR. Among the audiences who will witness IMMORTAL's resurrection will, as mentioned above, those attending Germany's Wacken Open Air 2007, where the band will headline.
I, the new band featuring Abbath (IMMORTAL), Ice Dale (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE), TC King (SAHG, ex-GORGOROTH) and Armagedda (ex-IMMORTAL), have completed the work on their debut album, due for release in North America on November 14 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded in Bergen, Norway's Lydriket Studio with Geir Luedy, and mixed by Peter Tägtgren (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK), "Between Two Worlds" "will kick your teeth in and break your back!" according to the band. "Heavy, groovy, melodic, atmospheric, heck — call it even catchy — THIS ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE!"
Decibel magazine had this to say about "Between Two Worlds": "Everything about the debut album from Norway's I screams black metal, excepting the death 'n' roll guitar riffs that pervade throughout. Abbath has managed to fuse his signature snarl with MOTÖRHEAD-styled rock and Demonaz's BATHORY-influenced lyrics in a way no band has previously attempted. IMMORTAL fans will surely embrace the band, as will extreme music newcomers that don't know the band members' history. This is a worthy new start for these scene mainstays."
Download the song "The Storm I Ride" from the upcoming CD at this location.
I, the new band featuring former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo), original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell, has completed work on its debut album, "Between Two Worlds", due this fall through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Bergen's Lydriket Studio with Geir Luedy, and was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren. "Between Two Worlds" — which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal) — is scheduled to be mastered in early August.
I will make its live debut at Bergen's Hole In The Sky festival on August 26.
As previously reported, IMMORTAL will reunite for several exclusive shows next year, including the Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.
BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL and SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
The following message has been recieved from the Nuclear Blast record label:
"This is the Black Metal sensation of the year: the organizers of the Wacken Open Air just announced that Immortal will play at the festival in 2007. The trio which disbanded in 2003 will return with the line up of Abbath / Horgh plus special guests."
The band had the following to say about the news:
"Immortal are proud to announce that we will headline Wacken in 2007. This will be part of a few selected exclusive shows next year, and Wacken will be the only show in Germany.
Abbath, Horgh, Demonaz."
Immortal frontman (when they were together) Abbath is talking about Immortal possibly reuniting. He is in the studio at the moment recording the debut album for 'I' but he spoke to German magazine 'Rock Hard' about a possible reunion.
Here is a statement from Abbath: "We will come back, stronger than ever. I recently met with Horgh (old Immortal Drummer), for the first time in over a year. He's built his new house here in Norway, right around the corner. In the next few days we will begin to rehearse our old 'Blizzard Beasts' classics. I'm already really excited about the idea."
When asked if this was just a money making ploy Abbath said: "We're not coming back for the money. If we had been only interested in the cash, we wouldn't have allowed Immortal to split in the first place."
Abbath has also said that if they do reunite then they will also tour.
I, the new band featuring former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo), original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell, have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio at the end of this month to begin recording their debut album, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal). A late 2006 release is expected.
I will make their live debut on August 26 at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway. Additional live appearances will be announced soon.
I's lineup is:
Abbath - Voice
T.C. King (a.k.a. King ov Hell) - Bass
Ice Dale (a.k.a. Arve Isdal) - Guitars
Armagedda - Drums
Earth-Dog.com recently conducted an exclusive interview with GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Earth-Dog.com: What is the status of GORGOROTH's next album, "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam"? I read that you and Infernus did some of the recording already but now things are delayed having recently completed a fall tour with 1349.
King ov Hell: "Infernus and I did some of the recording earlier this summer in Oslo. Frost [SATYRICON, 1349] had already done the drums here in Bergen. We have now brought the tapes back to Bergen to finish it in a third studio we use on this album. Gaahl will do the vocals this month. We will release the album in the end of April through Regain Records."
Earth-Dog.com: You wrote the majority of "Twilight of the Idols". Are you as involved in the songwriting process on "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam"?
King ov Hell: "Yes. I've written all of the music for 'Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam'. I've worked on this album for almost two years and it's not been an ideal situation creating this album. There have been riots concerning the band almost constantly since I started the process creating the album. Nevertheless I think it has turned out for the best so far. This album contains the music which I've created that I'm most satisfied with myself to date."
Earth-Dog.com: GORGOROTH goes through a lot of drummers. You recently had Dirge Rep joining you for live dates and now you have Frost on the forthcoming studio album?
King ov Hell: "Yes, Frost of SATYRICON. I'm very satisfied with the way he played drums on this album. I believe he captured the essence of what I had in mind writing the music. I did a pre-recording at home by myself with programmed drums first before I showed him the music for the album. This saved us a lot of time in the rehearsal room. Well…you'll soon hear the outcome of the recordings anyway."
Earth-Dog.com: Now that the Polish courts have excused GORGOROTH for involvement in the scandal there involving a live show video in 2003 thought to be in violation of Polish law, will you guys get that back and possibly release that as a DVD?
King ov Hell: "I'm not sure what's gonna happen with the recordings of the show in Krakow. The producer of the show is now held responsible for the blasphemy the Polish police say is illegal in Poland. He is at risk of 2 years in prison. We might get the tapes back or we won't. I have no clue."
Earth-Dog.com: You are also now involved in a new band with IMMORTAL's Abbath called I. What is the status of that project? Are you involved in the songwriting there too? Will I tour or just record?
King ov Hell: "Abbath is the one making music for I. He had already written the whole album when I joined. Arve (ENSLAVED), the other guitar player in I, has been a part of I since the beginning and has worked with Abbath making these songs. We will enter the studio within two months and hope to release something within six months. We will play concerts with I and some shows are already confirmed."
Read the full article at Earth-Dog.
IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo) has reportedly joined forces with original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King in a brand-new project dubbed simply I. The group have finished writing two-thirds of the material for their upcoming full-length debut, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal). The band, who expect to enter the studio before the end of 2005, are said to be contemplating making several festival appearances next year. More information will be made available soon.
Just For Fun
It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).