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Immortal

Of all the Norwegian black metal bands, Immortal has, arguably, stuck the closest to the mystical, occult-inspired vision of the scene: the bandmembers kept the evil-Kiss makeup throughout the band's existence, rarely experimented outside of the traditional guitars-drums-bass instrumental configuration, and never revealed their real names. Brothers in pseudonyms only, vocalist/bassist Abbath Doom Occulta and guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta formed Immortal in Bergen, Norway, in 1990. Abbath was originally a member of Old Funeral, a death metal garage band that also included Varg Vikernes, who would later gain notoriety not only with his own project, Burzum, but for murdering Mayhem guitarist Euronymous; Demonaz had split from fellow Bergen scenesters Amputation. (Notably, Immortal always willfully separated itself from Mayhem's oft-felonious black metal "inner circle" scene in Oslo, and downplayed its relationships with its members.) Inspired by the robust Norwegian forests and bitter cold climate, Abbath and Demonaz conceived the fictional, demon-and-battle-filled realm Blashyrkh, a foundation upon which all of Immortal's lyrical journeys would rest.

The duo recruited drummer Armagedda and, briefly, second guitarist Jorn Inge Tunsberg, who left the fold after Immortal cranked out two demos, Suffocate and Northern Upins Death. Preferring to remain a three-piece, the band recorded the Unholy Forces of Evil/The Cold Winds of Funeral Frost 7" for the French label Listenable Records in 1991, which eventually led to Immortal's contract with another French imprint, Osmose Records. Their debut full-length, Diabolical Full Moon Mysticism, was released in 1992 (distributed in North America by JL America); a more atmospheric, slower-tempo release than the majority of Immortal's contemporaries. When Abbath and Demonaz began incorporating more blast beats in their songwriting, Armagedda quit, forcing Abbath to perform all drum tracks on Immortal's two highly influential albums, 1993's Pure Holocaust and 1995's Battles in the North. However, drummer Grim was pictured on the Pure Holocaust album cover, and would perform on Immortal's first full-fledged European tour in 1993, prior to being fired (he would go on to play drums for Gorgoroth and Borknagar, eventually committing suicide in 1999). Mayhem skinsman Hellhammer temporarily filled the drum seat for the band's live commitments and the home video Masters of Nebular Frost, until Horgh could be permanently added to the lineup.

It was after the 1997 album Blizzard Beasts was released that Immortal would be dealt its most serious blow. With an acute case of tendonitis in his arms, Demonaz could no longer play guitar with the speed and intensity Immortal required, and was forced to leave the band, although he remained the group's lyricist. Abbath switched from bass to guitar, and the group filled its bass slot with Aeturnus four-stringer Ares strictly for touring duties. Demonaz's absence left the band's songwriting burden purely on Abbath, who began penning more progressive, dynamic, and epic pieces. Abbath would perform all instruments except drums on 1999's highly acclaimed At the Heart of Winter full-length, which marked the beginning of the band's relationship with producer Peter Tagtgren (singer/guitarist for Hypocrisy), who recorded Winter and its two follow-up albums at his soon-to-be-legendary Abyss Studios. Bassist Iscariah was then permanently added to the lineup, which put out Damned in Black in 2000, and led to Immortal's first full-fledged North American tour with fellow Norwegians Satyricon. In 2001, the band, looking for better U.S distribution for its albums, severed its longtime relationship with Osmose and signed to Nuclear Blast Records, which released Sons of Northern Darkness in 2002. ~ John Serba, Rovi
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Abbath can't break up the band! Nooooooooooo o o o !
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I love how it's 'evil-Kiss makeup'-- not corpse paint.
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R.I.P. Immortal
1991-2015
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\m/ Immortal!!! \m/... Even though, "I" was hella gay... Frost all posing in front of a wind machine LMFAO not kvlt at all!!!
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Ohh, and Immortal is an absolute gold. And Anders- du förtjänar inte henne muahahahaaaa a a a h h h a a a a a .
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LMAO @ Anders- Offline…
I spent the first 21 years of my life in the northern part of Scandinavia and there are maybe a handful of true hard core black metal dudes out there who'd actually get into a fight. Most of them are just scrawny misunderstoo d high school kids with black hair running around in leather and spandex and je*king off to Euronymous' pictures. I love the metal scene there but there's no throat ripping or village burning going on. Silly Wannabe-Sata n i s t s … Wantanists lmao!
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F**kin Immortal is bad a** who would not ever hear of Immortal unless they're churches yeah that's why I quit going to church because of judgmental a**holes you get the picture
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jaime_loshak
WTF...no DAMNED IN BLACK album? I f*cking demand it... who's with me?
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oy
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Lmfao @

Anders- Offline..Jag är död utan henne .

So, you want him to come all the way to Norway, so that you can kill him and THEN come all the way to the U.S. and burn his town?

Why not just come here and kill him and THEN burn his village.

P.S. It doesn't look like you would be killing anyone, unless it is with your comedy.
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Antarctica! All Hail IMMORTAL!.
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THE BEST BAND EVER FROM NORWAY !!! HAILS IMMORTAL !!! CORPSE PAINT FOR LIFE !!
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Abbath created the BLACK METAL CRAB WALK! So awesome!
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To the comment down below calling Black Metal gay how about you come to Northern part of Scandinavia and tell that to us I guarantee that we would rip your throat out and burn your town to ashes
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Immortal fucken kicks a**!! /,,/
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all Hail the IMMORTAL HORDE AMAZING
heart beat quicken and can't seem to keep still, have a need to thrash around. its amazing, how they create an atmosphere of chill and battle with no synthesizers .
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Great band! Love this!!!
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Immortal is f**king legendary, all hail \m/
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Ive all ways loved hookers
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Hail immortal
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I'm just say cuz his voice is cracky I'm surprised he has a voice
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All hail IMMORTAL! Long live thy forever kings!
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Popeye is bad a**.
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Luke did anyone f**king ask you? Ill rip your f**king heart out and feed it to you, you c**t s**t stfu
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Death metal is gayyy, real metal is Metallica, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, etc. F**k this s**t
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Awesome
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As a non-metal fan, holy f**k
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LOVE IMMORTAL !!!!!
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Follow for black and death metal bands. This group kicks a** but burzum still best black metal band ever. Varg's a beast!
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Actually, Abbath described the "makeup" as warpaint. I like the music on Blizzard Beasts, but the production, ESPECIALLY on the drums is unbearable to me.
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Pure Holocaust is an torrent of audible darkness and damnation.
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The best!
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Blizzard beasts is actually my favorite album from them. Despite that a lot of people don't like it.
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How do you f**k with two guys who created a legacy out of storytelling and firebreathin g ! Thank the frozen skies for immortal!
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True Metal is the only form of music that is played here.

It is not only the best form of music, but also the only style of music that let you truly express yourself.

Follow me for many forms of True Metal.

No bands formed after 1999 as 2000 was the official downfall of music.
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PERMAFROOOOO O S T !
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Evil kiss makeup it's called corpse paint. Then again the writer probably only wears Hawaiian shirts and mainly listens to the beach boys.
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"Only one Abbath"
They say they dress like that to celebrate their inner demons... Cool!
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I sure do wish that most black metal used this band as a template. I simply love immortal.
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HELL YES !!! THE BEST OUT THERE !!! F OFF TO GENE SIMMONS AND PISS
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Abbath would rape Gene Simmons with a rusty spoon.
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Evil Kiss? What? Come on the music is good.
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f**king black metal!!!! \,,/ haha
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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One of my favorite metal bands ever
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F**king Best Black Metal there is!
HAIL IMMORTAL!
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\.../ true metaL heads \.../
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Their Old S**t was true to Real Black Metal. Now they are as Corporate as the next Corporate Band. Old Age will do that i guess. All Hail PURE HOLOCAUST!
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Check out my stations.
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but not as well as IMMORTAL !!!!!
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