When a band goes out on top (as
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
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
here and there,
guitarist Arve Isdal adds some
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
Abbath (Olve Eikemo)
guitars/vocals (Abbath, ex-Immortal, ex-Old Funeral)
Ice Dale (Arve Isdal)
guitars (Audrey Horne, Demonaz, Enslaved, ex-Malignant Eternal, Ov Hell, ex-Trinacria)
T.C. King (Tom Cato Visnes)
bass (ex-Abbath, ex-Audrey Horne, ex-Gorgoroth, ex-Jotunspor, Ov Hell, ex-Sahg)