ABBATH, the new band led by the iconic Norwegian black metal legend, will make its live debut this weekend at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland. The group is headlining the Inferno stage on Saturday night, June 27.
Bass duties for ABBATH will be handled by a man familiar to metal fans across the world — Tom Cato Visnes, more widely known as King Ov Hell and main composer for several GORGOROTH albums as well as his own bands OV HELL, with singer Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR, and GOD SEED, with exceptional black metal vocalist Gaahl. His fellow GOD SEED member and BORKNAGAR percussionist, Baard Kolstad, will also join ABBATH on drums.
Abbath (vocals/ guitar)
At Tuska, ABBATH will premiere a brand new song titled “Fenrir Hunts” alongside classic IMMORTAL material, including “One By One”. A handful of songs from Abbath and King‘s 2006 project I will also be performed live for the first time.
ABBATH announced that he was moving forward under his own name earlier this year. The IMMORTAL frontman and songwriter will enter the studio this summer to record ABBATH‘s debut album, which will be released in early 2016 via Season Of Mist.
Abbath last year claimed that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the IMMORTAL name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (real name Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group.
IMMORTAL‘s core trio consisting of Abbath, Demonaz and Horgh had been together since 1996 and has been responsible for crafting the band’s last five albums: “Blizzard Beasts” (1997), “At The Heart Of Winter” (1999), “Damned In Black” (2000), “Sons Of Northern Darkness” (2002) and the 2009 reunion album “All Shall Fall”.