Hearting mountains since the dawn of time.
One of the more famous Black Metal
bands, possibly the most famous behind Mayhem
and the ones responsible for the genre's stereotypical image.
Immortal was formed by Abbath and Demonaz Doom Occulta after their previous band, Amputation, didn't take off. The band's beginnings can also be traced back to the death metal band Old Funeral, of which both Abbath and Demonaz were members.
Their earlier releases were in a more traditional black metal style, but as of the acclaimed At the Heart of Winter
, they have fused black metal with elements of German Thrash Metal
. Euronymous of Mayhem
is credited for getting Abbath into black metal and as a result, Abbath getting the infamous Varg Vikernes
into black metal as well; however, despite these associations, Immortal's primary members have never been involved in the more controversial activities of some of their contemporaries in black metal, and their lyrics have also never involved the religious or political ideologies often associated with the scene.
The band split up in 2003 for various personal reasons. They reformed in 2007 for a string of live performances; after the reunion, the band decided to reform the band on a permanent basis.
Please do not confuse them with the film of the same name
or, if such were even possible, "My Immortal
- Abbath Doom Occulta (Olve Eikemo) - vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, drums (1989–2003, 2006–present)
- Demonaz Doom Occulta (Harald Nævdal) - guitar (up to 1997), lyrics (switched to lyricist and band manager after his injury) (1989–2003, 2006–present)
- Horgh (Reidar Horghagen) - drums (1996–2003, 2006–present)
- Apollyon (Ole Jørgen Moe) - bass guitar (2006–present)
- Iscariah (Stian Smørholm) - bass guitar (1999–2002)
- Saroth (Yngve Liljebäck) - bass guitar (live, 2002–2003)
- Ares - bass guitar (live, 1998; lead singer of Aeternus)
- Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) - drums (live, 1995)
- Grim (Erik Brødreskift) - drums (live, 1993–1994) (deceased)
- Kolgrim - drums (demo, 1992)
- Jörn Tonsberg - guitar (demo, 1989–1991)
- Armagedda - drums (1990–1992)
- Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism (1992)
- Pure Holocaust (1993)
- Battles in the North (1995)
- Blizzard Beasts (1997)
- At the Heart of Winter (1999)
- Damned in Black (2000)
- Sons of Northern Darkness (2002)
- All Shall Fall (2009)
Tropes that apply to Immortal:
- Black Metal
- Cover Version: They covered "From the Dark Past" on the Mayhem tribute album Originators of the Northern Darkness.
- Epic Rocking: Most of their songs, especially since they shifted their style to Melodic Black/Thrash Metal on At the Heart of Winter.
- Heavy Mithril: Instead of focusing on Satanism like their peers, Immortal's lyrics focus on an imaginary world called Blashyrkh, plagued by war and suffering and ruled over by the Mighty Ravendark.
- Old Shame: Abbath did eventually describe "The Call of the Wintermoon" as a mistake that the band, as youths (Abbath in particular was still 18), let get rushed through production; it was filmed in just two hours and shown on television immediately after it was edited that day. Even during its first airing (a frame of which still seen in the version circulated on the Internet) did it get mocked by the presenter.
- Token Good Teammate: They count to a tee, since they were neither involved in any of the controversial activities of their contemporaries, nor are their lyrics about anything political or religious, in the second wave of black metal.
- Serious Business: Notably averted, at least for the band. Black metal bands tend to take themselves very seriously; Immortal do not.
- Stage Names: Nearly every member past and present has one.