Style: Death / Black Metal |
Year of birth: 1990
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Biography of Band
|Immortal was formed as a death metal band in early 1989 in Bergen, Norway, then under the name of Amputation. The first two demos were recorded under the name Amputation but in 1990 or 1991 they changed their name into Immortal.
The third demo "Unholy Forces Of Evil" led to a record deal and was also released as a 7" by the French Listenable Records. With each new album the band's popularity has grown and they have become one of the leading bands on the world's black/death metal scene. Right before the start of the tour in 1997 Demonaz injured his hand and is not able to play live anymore but he is still writing new material for the band. In the year 2000 they switched record company from the French Osmose to German Nuclear Blast.
Interesting fact: Abbath was the one responsible for getting Varg Vikernes (Burzum) into the metal scene...
Another interesting fact: Euronymous of Mayhem (Nor) is credited for getting Immortal into the whole black metal scene. In the beginning, Immortal started out as a death metal group under the name Amputation, but with Euronymous introducing them to black metal music, they quickly changed their sound and became what they were in present times.
The annual Hole In The Sky festival, held in Bergen, Norway, is held in honour of Erik Brшdreskift's memory.
Abbath has a Motцrhead cover band called Bцmbers.
Members of Immortal
| Current Members:|
Olve Eikemo (Abbath). Period: 1989 - 2003. Role: Vocals, guitars
Side projects: Old Funeral, Det Hedenske Folk, Satanel, Bombers
Yngve Liljeback (Saroth). Period: 2002 - 2003. Role: Bass
Side projects: Abemal, Pain, Vergelmer
Reidar Horghagen (Horgh). Period: 1996 - 2003. Role: Drums
Side projects: Grimfist, Heavy Duty, Hypocrisy, Lost At Last, Pain
Harald N?vdal (Demonaz). Period: 1989 - 1997. Role: Guitar
Side projects: ex-Old Funeral, ex-Amputation, Demonaz, Det Hedenske Folk, Perfect Vision, Satanel
Jorn Tonsberg. Period: 1989 - 1991. Role: Guitars
Side projects: Hades Almighty, Old Funeral
Stian (Iscariah). Period: 1999 - 2002. Role: Bass
Side projects: The Clan Destined, Enchanted, Kaos Logic, Necrophagia, Wurdulak
Ares (Guest). Period: 1998 - 1998. Role: Bass on tour 1998
Side projects: Aeternus, Gorgoroth
Armagedda. Period: 1989 - 1992. Role: Drums
Side projects: ex-Amputation
Erik Brodreskift (Grim). Period: 1993 - 1994. Role: Drums
Side projects: Borknagar, Dirge, Gorgoroth
Jan Axel Blomberg (Hellhammer) (Guest). Period: 1999 - 1999. Role: Drums on tour 1999
Side projects: Arcturus, Emperor, The Kovenant, Mayhem, Shining, Thorns, Troll, Ulver, Winds
Kolgrim. Period: 1992 - 1992. Role: Drums
|Demo: The Northern Upins Death (1990) Tracklist.|
Comment: This demo appears to be the same as "Promo '91/Suffocate" but with an additional outro track.
Demo: Promo `91 (1991) Tracklist.
Comment: The demo was nicknamed 'Suffocate' in respect of the 'Suffocate the Masses' track.
EP: Immortal (1991) Studio: Listenable Records. Tracklist.
Comment: 7" inch.
CD: Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism (1992) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Lineup: Armagedda - Drums, Abbath Doom Occulta - Bass, vocals, Demonaz Doom Occulta - Guitars
Comment: Format: CD/LP/PicLP
Re-released in 1998 as a limited Picture Disc (300 copies).
CD: Pure Holocaust (1993) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Lineup: Abbath Doom Occulta - Bass, vocals, drums, Demonaz Doom Occulta - Guitars
Comment: Re-released in 1998 as a Picture Disc limited to 300 copies.
Even though Erik is pictured on the cover and credited with drums, the drums on
this album were played by Abbath.
CD: Battles in the North (1995) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Comment: There are three different issues of this CD - original jewelcase, digipak, and
a limited edition jewelcase with slipcover and foldout poster - this version
also includes the 1991 EP as bonus tracks:
11. Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism (0:42)
12. Unholy Forces Of Evil (4:28)
13. The Cold Winds Of Funeral Frost (3:40)
As a side note, the promo and the first version of this album, had a bad mix
and gained terrible reviews in all magazines. Due to this, the very first
edition was suddenly replaced by the one we all know.
CD: Blizzard Beasts (1997) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Lineup: Horgh - Drums, Abbath Doom Occulta - Bass, vocals, Demonaz Doom Occulta - Guitars
Comment: The final album to feature Demonaz on guitars, due to an RSI injury.
CD: At the Heart of Winter (1999) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Comment: An extremely limited edition version was available with a picture box case.
CD: Damned In Black (2000) Studio: Osmose Productions. Tracklist.
Comment: There exists also a limited edition digipack (15000) in cardboard sleeve.
Split: True Kings of Norway (2000) Studio: Spikefarm. Tracklist.
Lineup: Emperor| Immortal| Dimmu Borgir| Ancient| Arcturus
Comment: Emperor 1-3
Immortal (Nor) 4-6
Dimmu Borgir 7-9
CD: Sons of Northern Darkness (2002) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
Comment: Also available as a limited edition quadfolded digipack and as strictly limited
edition metal box (limited to 1000 pieces). The metal box was only available
via Nuclear Blast mailorder and sold out before it was actually released.