Immortal is no more. Abbath launches solo project

Here’s some bad and some good news for black metal fans. The bad news first: Abbath, the leader of the Norwegian black metal band Immortal, has announced that the band has split up for good. After several arguments with the other members and a lawsuit over copyright to the band name, Abbath has made a decision to end Immortal.

The good news is that he will start his own solo project Abbath. He has already began writing some new songs which he plans to play at the upcoming shows along with some old Immortal tracks.

Here’s an extract from the official statement he gave to Metal Hammer recently:

“Immortal’s frontman and founding member has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded; unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new line up. Whilst grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, the time is now right for Abbath to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy.

Using his own name is a natural step for Abbath, having become iconic and synonymous with the band that he co-founded in 1990. That’s 25 years of powering face first into the northern wind; a milestone for any band, and rather than exploit it by dragging Immortal’s name through the mud, Abbath will instead carry his own on his back.

The name of Immortal, for the time being, will rest; the essence, the power, the music – and Abbath – will not.”

The first Abbath album is expected to see the light of day within the next two years. Abbath will also play a show in London on 18th September 2015 and at Blastfest  in Bergen, Norway next year.

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