In contradiction to what was reported by Immortal and Abbath back in March, it appears as if Immortal have not disbanded! Instead, the situation seems to be chalked up to legal issues. As such, the band will be moving on with new music but without frontman Abbath. It just goes to show Immortals don’t die. Here’s the official statement in regards to all of this:
Norway’s unstoppable black metal force Immortal has been busy working on the band’s new material. The band’s members Demonaz and Horgh have also gone through a legal process the last year, having to protect their band’s name and logo from their previous singer.
In October 2014, ex-Immortal singer/guitarist Abbath (Olve Eikemo) filed an trademark application for registration of the brand Immortal to Patentstyret (Norwegian Industrial Property Office) without informing the other band members. The band’s core members Horgh and Demonaz were forced to seek legal help to counter this. The trademark application from Eikemo was not approved and was denied registered on July 21th, 2015. Eikemo has left Immortal to start his new band.
“Immortal never stopped, we just had to go through a long legal process before we could go out in the media with the news. Immortal is much more than just a band, and much more then just a form of music. The departure of one member cannot change that, no matter. We will continue what we believe in, and the power of ‘Blashyrkh’ shall live on.”
Demonaz, the band’s founding member, has created material based on his visions of Blashyrkh for nearly 25 years. Some new songs, which are set to be included on the next album, are “Northern Chaos Gods,” “Called To Ice,” and “Blacker Of Worlds.”