[[caption-width-right:345:Hearting mountains since the dawn of time.]]

One of the more famous BlackMetal 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 ThrashMetal. Euronymous of {{Mayhem}} is credited for getting Abbath into black metal and as a result, Abbath getting the infamous [[{{Burzum}} 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, although the band has broken up once again due to conflict with the band members and the overall idea to move forward.

In 2015, the band temporarily disbanded again due to internal conflicts between members, with Abbath starting a new band [[EgocentricTeamNaming in his name]] with bassist [[Music/{{Gorgoroth}} King ov Hell]] and drummer Baard Kolstad. Immortal's ninth album has apparently been largely finished, but it's not clear if or when it will be released. However, on August 14, 2015, Demonaz and Horgh announced that the band will continue without Abbath.

Please do not confuse them with [[Film/{{Immortal}} the film of the same name]] or, if such were even possible, "MyImmortal".

Current lineup:
* 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) (see also Music/{{Hypocrisy}})

Previous members:
* Abbath Doom Occulta (Olve Eikemo) - vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, drums (1989–2003, 2006–2015)
* Apollyon (Ole Jørgen Moe) - bass guitar (2006–2015)
* Iscariah (Stian Smørholm) - bass guitar (1999–2002)
* Saroth (Yngve Liljebäck) - bass guitar (live, 2002–2003)
* Ares - bass guitar (live, 1998; lead singer of Aeternus)
* [[{{Mayhem}} 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)

Studio albums:
* ''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:

* BlackMetal: The TropeCodifier in terms of fashion and imagery.
* CareerEndingInjury: Demonaz Doom Occulta was forced to stop playing guitar due to him developing tendinitis in his arms in 1997. He's still writes the band's lyrics and is considered an active member by the band itself
* CoverVersion: They covered "From the Dark Past" on the {{Mayhem}} tribute album ''Originators of the Northern Darkness''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album was somewhat slower and more DeathMetal-influenced than their later work tended to be, and had a few acoustic guitar passages as well.
* EpicRocking: Most of their songs, especially since they shifted their style to Melodic Black/Thrash Metal on ''At the Heart of Winter''.
* GrimUpNorth: Their primary lyrical content and band image.
* HeavyMithril: 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.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: ''Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism'' is mostly a 9 as a result of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, ''Holocaust'' through ''Beasts'' are pure, ''hard'' 10 bordering on 11 (due to the [[EchoingAcoustics production]] and the near-constant use of blastbeats) and everything from ''At The Heart Of Winter'' on is in the 9-low 10 range.
* NewSoundAlbum: two of them- ''Pure Holocaust'' for introducing the insanely fast, blastbeat-heavy style they played for most of the 90s and ''At The Heart Of Winter'', which began the [[EpicRocking epic]], ThrashMetal-influenced era of their career.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Averted, which is rare for second-wave black metal.
* SeriousBusiness: Notably averted, at least for the band. Black metal bands tend to take themselves very seriously; Immortal do not.
* StageNames: Nearly every member past and present has one.
* TokenGoodTeammate: 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.