ABBATH was formed in 2015 by former Immortal guitarist and vocalist Abbath Doom Occulta after departing from Immortal earlier in that year.
Olve Eikemo, better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta or simply Abbath. Before founding Immortal, Abbath performed with Old Funeral. While working with Old Funeral, he also joined Demonaz's band Amputation which later became Immortal. He also plays bass in Demonaz's eponymous project.
Formed in 2015 after Immortal ceased operations in the wake of a bevy of legal disputes, Abbath's occult-laden black metal onslaught was aided by God Seed bassist King Ov Hell, guitarist and vocalist Per Valla, and drummer Creature. The band made their live debut at Tuska Open Air 2015 before heading into the studio to begin work on their eponymous debut album for Season of Mist. The resulting Abbath was released in January 2016.
When Abbath announced that he had left IMMORTAL, it sent massive shockwaves through the metal scene. The iconic frontman had long become the "face" of the Norwegian black scene, his image synonymous with the genre. Upon releasing his debut album with his eponymous new band, ABBATH, trve fans were satiated with a dose of icy, blackened fury.
The Norwegian giant returns for round two, armed with a refined lineup (featured a crew consisting of Eikemo at the helm, with drummer Ukri Suvilehto, guitarist Raud, and bassist Mia Wallace) and ready to strike with a sophomore effort that is sure to once again exceed the expectations of Abbath’s loyal fanbase. ‘Outstrider’ sees a maturation in sound, delivering a tighter, well-rounded offering from the band as they come into their own identity.
While there are moments that certainly channel the frosty hallmarks of IMMORTAL, there is no danger of ABBATH repeating that formula. ABBATH draws from NWOBM and melodic influences, adding a fresh new flavor to the sound that the band’s founder came to define.
‘Oustrider’ (released in 2019) consists of eight, crushing original songs and concludes with a fiery BATHORY cover. The album promises a full-on aural assault from start to finish with frigid riffage and a robust pocket that are layered with vocals from one of the most identifiable voices in black metal. If you thought ABBATH came in hot with their last record, just wait until you hear this!