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Black Metal Friday: Abbath “Winterbane”
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Abbath Band Photo 2016

Unless you are a new reader of this column (and “welcome” if you are), you are keenly aware of my affection for former Immortal frontman Abbath and his new eponymous band. I recently gave the new band’s debut album a score of 9.5 out of 10. You can read the full review at this location.

So, when Abbath releases a new video it’s pretty much a shoe-in to be my Black Metal Friday track of the week. And so it is this week with the just released fourth video from the album. The song is called “Winterbane” and it is one of the many highlights of the spectacular self titled outing. If you have not done so already, I implore you to pick up a copy of the record which is simply titled Abbath.

If you need further convincing, crank up the video for “Winterbane” right here below and just try not to bang your head. Go on… I dare you!

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Album Review: Abbath ‘Abbath’
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Abbath Album Cover

Abbath
Abbath
MP3 | CD | Vinyl | Cassette
Label: Season of Mist
Release date: January 22, 2016

Abbath may be one of the most recognizable people in all of black metal. The singer/guitarist has been one of the staples of the scene ever since his former band Immortal burst onto the scene at the dawn of the second wave in 1992. He definitely possesses the best sense of humor in the genre which, along with nearly 25 years of cranking out excellent music, has endeared him to fans across the globe. So it was a devastating blow when he announced that he had parted was with Immortal last year.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Abbath immediately set out to assemble another band and gave it his own name, so now we have Abbath, the band, as well as Abbath, the man. A few short months later, the band has released its debut record. Care to guess what it’s called? If you said Abbath, you’re starting to get the pattern here.

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Abbath Premieres New Song “Ashes Of The Damned”
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Abbath Header Image

Former Immortal frontman Abbath is set to return with his new band which is cleverly named Abbath. The group will release its debut album on January 22, 2016 via Season of Mist records. The disc is titled (what else?) Abbath (pre-order at Amazon). Apparently the man really likes his own name!

All of the advance tracks from the album point to it being the singer/guitarist’s strongest work since Immortal’s legendary Sons of Northern Darkness period from the early 2000s which is great news for fans of symphonic black metal. Abbath has just released another preview track titled “Ashes of the Damned” and it is a ripper! Check it out right here below and check back in a couple of weeks for my full review of the new album.

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Black Metal Friday: Abbath “Fenrir Hunts” (Live Video, September 2015)
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Abbath band solo photo

The king of Northern darkness has returned! Former Immortal frontman Abbath is back with a brand new band, which is also called Abbath. The band made its live debut back in June at the Tuska Open Air festival in Helsinki, Finland. At that show, most of their set consisted of tunes from Abbath’s (the man) other bands Immortal and the metal supergroup I. They did however debut one new original track called “Fenrir Hunts.”

Now Abbath (the band) has created a live video for the song, which is scheduled to appear (in studio form as opposed to live) on their upcoming debut album. That recording is slated for a January 2016 release on the Seasons of Mist label. Expect an in depth look at that right here at GoD as the release date approaches.

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Black Metal Friday: I “Cursed We Are”
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After yesterday’s not so surprising announcement from Immortal frontman Abbath that he is disbanding that pioneering Norwegian black metal band due to an ongoing disputes with his longtime bandmates, I started thinking about the absolutely exceptional record that he crafted in 2006 with his metal supergroup I. In addition to Abbath the band features his Immortal bandmate Armagedda, along with Gorgoroth bassist TC King, and Enslaved’s Ice Dale.

Abbath has always said that the group is not a one-off despite the fact that their one and only record thus far, the mind-blowing Between Two Worlds, is nearly ten years old. The singer and guitarist has stated multiple times that he is working on songs for a sophomore effort. Now that he seems to have some free time on his hands, let’s hope that that comes to fruition sooner than later.

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Watch Now: “Immortal Christmas” by Sock Puppet Parody
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Immortal Band Photo

So, I stand corrected; I told you all that the Ghost B.C. parody song “Hail Santa” was the best X-mas parody of the year. I was wrong!

I just stumbled across this amazing video by Sock Puppet Parody called “Immortal Christmas.” This one really had me busting up. The video is a funny take on the infamous Norwegian black metal band Immortal and their frost-bound homages to the dark lord. Once again, the praises of Satan are replaced by ones for Santa and hilarity ensues. I have to think that Immortal frontman Abbath would approve of this, as he seems to have a very tongue-in-cheek sense of humor about his band and their schtick. Anyway, check it out for yourself here below and let us know what you think.

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Black Metal Friday: “Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)” by Immortal
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Immortal Band Photo

Immortal come from (where else?) the hotbed of black metal, Bergen, Norway, and is one of the most iconic and polarizing bands in the genre. They are revered by many as one of the first bands to emerge in the second wave of black metal and reviled by others who see them as “the KISS of black metal,” perhaps due to the fact that the band has proven to be one of the most commercially successful black metal outfits ever and can often be seen playing the main stages of major European festivals.

Love them or hate them, there is no denying that black metal as we know it today might be a very different animal if not for the contributions of Immortal. Here, from their iconic 1995 album Battles In The North are Immortal with the official video for the song “Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark).”

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1870 Photograph On eBay Proves Nicolas Cage Is Immortal
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Nicolas Cage

A photograph was recently discovered being sold on eBay. The photo is of a Tennessee man, and it dates back to around the 1860s or 1870s. But the thing about this particular man, is that he looks an awful lot like a one Mr. Nicolas Cage.

So much so that the seller is even using this in his description, claiming the Cage must be some sort of vampire. Now, some have taken the seller to be completely serious in his statements (especially with a Buy It Now price of $1,000,000 set), but as you can see in the Q&A section at the bottom of the page, he’s actually a pretty funny dude and, even though it sounds like a legit 19th century photograph, is likely just having some fun with it (unless, of course, someone actually pays up that kinda coin, in which case he would be a genius).

You can see the image below and read the seller’s description by heading on below now.

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