Origin: Bergen, Norway  
Genres: Black Metal, Traditional Metal
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Page online: January 28, 2007
Last update/review: January 2, 2017


When a band goes out on top (as Immortal did, disbanding after their excellent Sons Of Northern Darkness), one can usually expect the members to eventually return to the scene, perhaps in a new guise. And that's just what Immortal mainman Abbath did, assembling a crew of players all familiar to the Norwegian metal scene and naming the project simply I. The sole album from this group, Between Two Worlds, is not a continuation of the Immortal sound, though it's not a complete about-face either. "Blackened heavy metal" is a term used by others, and it fits -- there are black metal influences, naturally, but the song structures are more straightforward, and the pacing more in line with pure metal than the frosty kvlt black metal Norway is known for. One can hear traces of Viking metal, as well as just a hint of Motorhead here and there, guitarist Arve Isdal adds some Enslaved stylings with his tasteful, biting guitar sound, and Abbath's raspy vocals (not all that different from his later Immortal style) seem to fit in just fine. Abbath's old Immortal mate Demonaz even chips in by writing the lyrics. Abbath later went back to Immortal for a time, but that reunion didn't last, as he acrimoniously left that band to start a new project named simply Abbath.

Last Lineup

Abbath (Olve Eikemo)

guitars/vocals (Abbath, ex-Immortal, ex-Old Funeral)

Ice Dale (Arve Isdal)

guitars (Audrey Horne, Demonaz, Enslaved, ex-Malignant Eternal, ex-Ov Hell, ex-Trinacria)

T.C. King (Tom Cato Visnes)

bass (ex-Abbath, ex-Audrey Horne, ex-Gorgoroth, ex-Jotunspor, ex-Ov Hell, ex-Sahg)


drums (Demonaz)


Between Two Worlds  
2006 Nuclear Blast
  1. The Storm I Ride
  2. Warriors
  3. Between Two Worlds
  4. Battalions
  5. Mountains
  6. Days of North Winds
  7. Far Beyond the Quiet
  8. Cursed We Are
  • Abbath
  • Ice Dale
  • T.C. King
  • Armagedda
2006 Readers' Album #34

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