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Abbath: Abbath

By now most metal fans surely know of the nasty split between Abbath and his former mates in Immortal, so the black metal icon has chosen to go out on his own with a new band under his own name, which also includes King on bass and Creature on drums. The self-titled Abbath debut, released on Season of Mist, carries over most of the Immortal characteristics, as well as Abbath's brief band I, and contains eight tracks of furious, heavy black metal. Abbath's familiar croak and rampaging guitar riffs are all over these songs, with the cold frosty atmosphere of the Norwegian forests looming over rampant blasting courtesy of Creature and King's muscular bass.

"To War!" and "Winterbane" kick things off in fine fashion, two modern takes on the classic black metal style that Abbath helped make famous, while the more epic "Ashes of the Damned" adds some keyboard and horn elements (!) for a truly unique and evil flavor to this otherwise rampaging track. "Ocean of Wounds" is a pure piledriver for your skull, as Abbath's monstrous riffing and venomous snarl collide with potent drumming for one of the albums more mid-paced but heaviest offerings. There's a touch of 'black-n-roll' to the otherwise pummeling assault of "Count the Dead", while "Fenrir Hunts" is pure speed & brutality, an old school black metal descent into hell. By the time you get to the slightly doom laden & quite epic sounding "Root of the Mountain", it's pretty apparent just how much variety this debut contains, but as you are pondering that bit of factual information the jackhammer closer "Endless" stabs you in the gut and leaves you for dead with its merciless intent and savage ferocity.

While there's perhaps nothing groundbreaking here on Abbath's debut, for most the familiarity of this album is going to be a very good thing. This is vintage sounding Abbath, and he's got two guys with him who are more than up for the challenge to help create thunderous black metal that pushes all the right buttons. Highly recommended!

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Track Listing
1. To War!
2. Winterbane
3. Ashes of the Damned
4. Ocean of Wounds
5. Count the Dead
6. Fenrir Hunts
7. Root of the Mountain
8. Endless

Added: March 25th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Abbath: Abbath
Posted by Scott Jessup, SoT Staff Writer on 2016-03-25 22:47:53
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One of the most prominent black metal groups Immortal were on a roll releasing many addictive albums then front man and founding member Abbath departed due to differences that couldn't be resolved. As a result Abbath is doing his own thing while Immortal is apparently still going and looking to release a new album sometime this year. The remaining members of Immortal that is Demonaz and Horgh will have to release something quite special indeed if they want to match or surpass this self titled album by their former lead vocalist and guitarist.

Along for the ride are bass player King and drummer Creature and the performances by this trio are very impressive. Abbath is quite the varied album that's both surprisingly catchy and melodic and being "Abbath" you would expect to find Black Metal and that there is starting with "To War!" which has such a wonderful darkened introduction. As expected there are similarities to Immortal but there's also many surprises also like the cool cover of Judas Priest's "Riding On The Wind". One of the reasons I find Abbath so enjoyable is the sound, it's not overly polished and is just so well suited to the material adding greatly to this albums appeal. Simply put Abbath is one great debut album, fans of Immortal's albums and I's excellent Between Two Worlds surely need to give Abbath a go.

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