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Below is our complete Abbath 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.

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80 Bands Announced For 2022 Brutal Assault

Eighty, of the 150, bands for the 2022 edition of the Brutal Assault Festival have now been announced. The five-day festival will be held in its usual location of Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic on August 9-13, 2022.

The festival will be one day longer than it has ever been before, and tickets purchased for the 2020 and 2021 festivals remain valid.

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Denmark's Baest is on the bill for 2022 Brutal Assault Festival

Confirmed bands so far include: 1914, Abbath, At The Gates, Bloodbath, Dark Funeral, Katatonia, Mercyful Fate, Uada, and Winterfylleth.

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Empty Throne (ex-Possessed, Etc) Premiere New Song

Blackened death metal quartet Empty Throne (ex-Possessed, ex-Abbath, The Kennedy Veil, Decrepit Birth, Angerot) premiere a new track called "And All Shall Know His Name", taken from their upcoming three-song EP "Glossolalia", which will be out in stores May 7 via Wise Blood Records.

Check out now "And All Shall Know His Name" below.

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Abbath Begins Recording New Album

Former Immortal frontman Abbath has confirmed that his eponymous band has begun recording what will be their third album, expected to be released later this year through Season Of Mist. A statement on the band's official Facebook reads as follows:

"In the beginning of February, we have entered Dub Studio in Kristiansand with producer Endre Kirkesola to record what will be the third Abbath album. The record is due later this year and promises to be everything you have learned to love about Abbath’s music and then some.
Expect to be blown away, this is some of the best material we've written so far - hard, heavy, catchy and huge. The best of all worlds.

"More details of the release will be posted soon, stay tuned for updates."

Abbath also recently confirmed that Nervosa bassist Mia Wallace has returned to the fold, following her departure last year. She is expected to perform on the new album.

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Abbath Added To Brutal Assault lineup

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Abbath will be returning to the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic this summer for the first time since 2016. You can see a bit of his prior performance below.


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Mayhem And Abbath Cancel Tour Dates

Following on from earlier stories regarding the Devastation Of The Nation tour and Carcass's Australian shows being cancelled, the organisers of the upcoming Decibel tour, which was to feature Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper and Idle Hands, have followed suit and announced that the trek has been cancelled. A statement reads as follows:

"In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous states and cities on the Decibel Magazine Tour routing have announced bans on gatherings in excess of 250 or 500 people (with many more expected to do the same in the coming days). As a result, we have been forced to cancel the Decibel Magazine Tour. Though it pains us to see so many plans disrupted as a result, we must remain committed to ensuring the safety of the bands, their crew, venue staff and, of course, the fans during this time.

"For ticket refunds, please inquire at point of purchase. Thanks for your understanding and support of Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper, Idle Hands and Decibel."

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Abbath Parts Company With Bassist

Mia W. Wallace, AKA Soulfucker, bassist for Triumph Of Death and Niryth, has announced that she has parted company with Abbath's eponymous band. A post on her Facebook reads as follows:

"It is with sadness I have been forced to part ways with Abbath. It has been a challenging but exhilarating/exciting time and I am proud of my contribution to the Outstrider album, the concerts, the videos for Harvest Pyre and Hecate and the visuals and promotion of the band in general. For me, being a part of Abbath was a dream come true and I can say with my hand on my heart I have been loyal to the team and to Abbath himself. Everyone can see this from the Argentina concert where I stood on the stage until the bitter end. I have not always agreed with certain other people in the Abbath camp and I have given my opinion honestly without anger or negative intent.

"Unfortunately not everyone can take this.

"I am disappointed that none of my former colleagues have contacted me in this process except for the five minute phone call from Abbath's manager in which I was told I would no longer be needed.

"I was told not to contact anyone in the band. The explanation for this had no substance and just made more questions and confusion for me. Up until then I had been preparing for the European tour as I had been told to do. I had to cancel other plans, and get time off work for the tour which I spent much time preparing for.

"I am truly grateful for all the support from the fans, media, everyone at Season of Mist and collaborators of Abbath!

"Thank you so much! It means everything to me in this difficult time.

"I also wish only the best for Abbath whom I will always admire as an artist and thank him for the opportunity he has given me. Now I shall focus on my next step. Several very interesting new projects are in the works. I promise you have not heard the last of me.


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Abbath Enters Rehab

Former Immortal frontman Abbath, who has experienced success with his eponymous band over the last few years, has announced that he has decided to enter rehab following a controversial South American tour. A statement from the musician reads as follows:


"Throughout life you’re dealt different decks of cards. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to live my dream, which is writing music, putting out records and touring the world, playing to fans all over the globe. For the most part it has been a tremendous ride, but there’s also been moments where things have gone wrong. Most notably during the recent tour of South America, where we had to cancel shows in Argentina and Brazil.

"It’s no secret that I’ve been battling addiction. I have now come to realize that it’s time to pick a fight with this demon. I’ve committed myself to a rehab program that’s going to help me get clean once and for all. I feel more motivated and determined than ever to win this battle.

"Due to my program, we need to cancel the December shows that we have scheduled with my other band, Bömbers. We do apologize to our fans that was looking forward to these shows. We will make it up to all of you, and we’re currently working on rescheduling these shows.

"Right now I’m very much looking forward to be coming back clean, stronger and more focused and fired up than ever.

"Europe and USA, you have been warned, we’ll hunt you down like a thunderstorm next year. Nothing is going to stop us.

"Horns up!

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Abbath Cancels South American Tour Dates

Former Immortal frontman Abbath and his eponymous band has announced that a decision has been made to cancel the remaining shows of their South American tour. A statement from the group reads as follows:

"It is with heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of the remainder of the Abbath South American Outstrider tour. Due to health issues that need to be treated, we are unable to complete the last shows in Argentina and Brazil. We deeply apologize to all of our fans that wanted to come and see us, to the local promoters, and to Matrix Entertainment who has worked tirelessly in order to make this tour happen. We hope we can make it up to all you some day. We are very sorry."

The decision has been made following last night's concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where fans demanded a refund after Abbath was unable to complete two songs.

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Mayhem To Tour With Abbath

Norwegian black 'n' roll titans, Abbath, will be returning to North America in 2020 as part of the Decibel Magazine tour, along with Mayhem.

The dates will also include an appearance at Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia, PA on April 3. The tour will kick off on March 13 in Denver, CO and will conclude on April 10 in Chicago, IL. The full itinerary can be found below. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 8, at 10:00 AM local time.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Abbath Brought Some Norway to Arizona

Right this very minute, mammoth tour package consisting of Obituary, Abbath, Midnight and Devil Master is making the rounds through North America. I was fortunate enough to catch the mighty Abbath during their appearance in Tucson, Arizona. I reviewed “Outstrider” earlier during the year (you can read it here), so I was hellbent on catching them live if they played anywhere close to Phoenix. Tucson is only a two-hours drive from Phoenix, so after a quick change of clothes at home after work, I stepped on the gas and headed south on Interstate 10 for this must-see tour package of 2019.

I arrived during Midnight’s final song of their set, so that also meant that I missed Devil Master altogether. I was a little bummed about missing Midnight, but no worries about Devil Master. (I caught them at Psycho Las Vegas, meh…). After what seemed like an eternity of sound checking before Abbath, the fog machine was turned on and put on full blast for Abbath Doom Occulta’s grand entrance into an icy blue wall of mist.

While the classical entrance music was blaring, you couldn’t help but notice the monolith hugging the whole front length of the drum riser. Standing approximately ten feet high on the ends and made of die-cut aluminum (I presume, or else it would take more than two persons to carry the beast!), was the Abbath logo. Abbath Doom Occulta sauntered in front of it, unleashed one of his trademark grimaces and started riffing the intro chords of “Count of the Dead.”

Lurching into “Bridge of Spasms” next, I couldn’t help but notice that absent on bass was the very popular and busy, Mia Wallace. This was quite a letdown for me because the visual dynamic between her and Abbath Doom Occulta was part of the allure for making the trip to Tucson. Some on the spot Google research enlightened me that Abbath’s previous touring bassist, Rusty Cornell, was apparently called upon to fill in the low end for the North and South America tours. Another thing I found out is that he’s actually from Phoenix, Arizona originally. Who knew?

With only having a pair of releases so far, and to the delight of many in the crowd, Abbath Doom Occulta dipped into some Immortal favorites to fill out the set-list. “In My Kingdom Cold” and “Tyrants” were played back-to-back followed by the overly energetic “Ashes of the Damned” from the debut album “Abbath.” Between cheers and sipping beers, there was plenty of playful banter from Abbath Doom Occulta and the Arizonan laden crowd. This is why we love him. He’s a black metal comic book hero that makes some black metal purists cringe. You know what? Fuck those guys…Abbath is good for the black metal genre and for the state of heavy music in general.

Abbath’s final song, “To War!”, was immersed in an onslaught of blood red strobe lighting and was what the now ravenous crowd was hoping for as a finale. After Abbath Doom Occulta toasted the desert dwelling crowd one last time, the icy inhabitant from Bergen, Norway, left the now vacant stage. There’s no doubt that he adores his fans and every night he gets to don his iconic badger corpse paint, is cherished by him. Unfortunately, I had to make the trek back to Phoenix, thus in turn missing Obituary. However, it was well worth the out of town trip just to see one of black metal’s most likeable acts. More...

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Abbath Premiere New Music Video “Hecate”

Abbath premiere a new music video for their song “Hecate“. The song serves as the latest single from the group’s latest outing, “Outstrider“.

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Obituary Premiere New Song “A Dying World”

A new Obituary song titled “A Dying World” has premiered online, as the latest entry in the ‘Adult Swim Singles‘ series. You can stream that song using the player below.

In related news, Obituary announce to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album “Slowly We Rot” on their upcoming tour this fall. Below's where that run will hit: More...

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Abbath Posts Full Album Stream Online

Norwegian black metal titans Abbath are now streaming their entire new album, "Outstrider," in full. The album is set for worldwide release this Friday, July 5. The new offering can be heard via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel or by clicking the video below.

Abbath comments on the album: "Abbath, honed sharp by trial and terror, proudly present 'Outstrider' - our latest catharsis wrung from the guts of darkness. Forged in fiery furnace of adversity, hammered on an anvil of rage, this album is conjured from conflagration coughed from rift of Chaos, rising like a Phoenix from the Pit, to infect our Spitegeist with shamaniacal reflections sheathed in metal compositions, hooked and riffed by razor wire licks impaling bass-lines pulsed on drumbeats dredged from thunderous abyss, by a hive-mind wed to one whole emission: To boldly go where no band has gone before and one step further!" More...

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Obituary & Abbath North American Tour Announced

Obituary announce the dates for a fall North American headlining tour. Abbath, Midnight and Devil Master will be joining them as supports. Below's where that trek will stop:

09/27 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
09/28 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
09/29 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
10/01 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/02 Tucson, AZ – Encore
10/03 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
10/04 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
10/05 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
10/06 Reno, NV – Cargo
10/08 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
10/09 Denver, CO – Sumit
10/10 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
10/11 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
10/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/13 Madison, WI – Sylveee
10/15 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
10/18 Montreal, QC – The Corona Theatre
10/19 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/20 Providence, RI – The Strand
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/23 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
10/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Comment Obituary of the upcoming run: More...

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Abbath Premiere New Track “Outstrider”

Abbath premiere the title track to their new record “Outstrider“, which is scheduled for a July 05th release date.

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Abbath Announces European Tour Dates

Black metal legend and former Immortal frontman Abbath has announced that he and his eponymous band will be embarking on a headlining run of Europe, beginning in January of next year. Joining them on the trek will be fellow Norwegian black metallers 1349 and supergroup Vltimas, which includes former Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent, ex Mayhem guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen and Cryptopsy drummer Flo Mounier.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Abbath Premiere New Track

Abbath premiere a new lyric video for the second single from their impending new full-length, “Outstrider“. Below you can check out “Calm In Ire (Of Hurricane)” from the outing ahead of its July 05th release.

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Abbath Premieres New Song & Music Video

The first track called “Harvest Pyre” from Abbath‘s new release “Outstrider” has premiered with a music video for it streaming for you below. “Outstrider” will land in stores on July 05th.

Abbath have the below two summer festival shows booked: More...

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Abbath Reveals New Album Release Date

Former Immortal frontman Abbath has announced that his eponymous band will be releasing their second full length album, "Outstrider" through Season Of Mist on July 5th of this year. The band has also posted a trailer for the record, which can be seen below. In addition to this, Abbath will headlined the Beyond The Gates festival in Norway, which will also feature performances from Mayhem and Emperor among others.


1. Calm In Ire (Of Hurricane)
2. Bridge Of Spasms
3. The Artifex
4. Harvest Pyre
5. Land Of Khem
6. Outstrider
7. Scythewinder
8. Hecate
9. Pace Till Death (Bathory cover) More...

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Abbath To Begin Recording Second Album

In a short statement on Facebook, former Immortal frontman Abbath revealed that he will begin work on a new album next month. The post read simply:

"Recordings for second full length album will start on December 3rd with ENDRE KIRKESOLA at "DUB STUDIOS" in Kristiansand (N).

"Cheers and stay tuned!

Abbath's self titled debut album was released on January 22, 2016 through Season of Mist, where he was joined by former Gorgoroth bassist King Ov Hell and Benighted drummer Creature, though the former has since left the project.

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