Immortal’s Demonaz & Horgh Fighting Over Rights To The Band’s Name

Back in 2015, Immortal’s Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal and Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen ended up winning a legal dispute against Olve “Abbath” Eikemo over the rights to the band’s name. However, it appears the duo are now fighting each other over the trademark.

According to VG, Demonaz successfully registered the Immortal trademark with the Norwegian Patent Office in July 2019. However, Horgh has since appealed the decision causing Demonaz to lose his exclusive rights to the name. The moniker is now said to be held by the band as a whole, rather than by individual members.

Horgh said the following about the situation:

“It could never have occurred to me to register the trademark by myself, as Nævdal has done here, but I have found myself having to fight to keep the rights I have earned through a long career in this band. It is, and after all has been for many years, a large part of my livelihood.”

“We have jointly as a band built up the trademark Immortal, and it is therefore right that the trademark should be a joint ownership.”

Demonaz said he disagrees with the decision, adding that he is the last original member of the group:

“I’m the band’s only remaining original member. I am also the only one who has been on all of the band’s releases”

He also revealed that he has already written a new album:

“Fans know well who music and lyrics have come from the very beginning, and I have no plans to disappoint them even if conflicts arise.”

Despite the current dispute, Horgh is still hopeful that the band can return to the live stage one day:

“It has been my goal all the way, and I know that this is something Immortal fans want and have been waiting for a long time. I hope in the long run that we can manage to put these disagreements behind us, and again look ahead as a band.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Abbath Says He Would Be Open To Reuniting With Immortal Someday

During a recent interview with Dagbladet Magasinet, Olve “Abbath” Eikemo was asked if he would ever consider reuniting with Immortal and he responded by saying that he would be open to the idea. This news comes six years after the frontman left the group.

Abbath said the following about his split with the band:

“The other guys in the band said I had a drug and booze problem. But I never bothered them with that stuff. They only used it as an excuse [to get rid of me].”

The frontman, who used to be married to Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal’s sister, went on to say that it’s upsetting that his son Torbjørn barely gets to see his uncle:

“That makes me sad. My son and Harald rarely see each other, but [Harald] is still his uncle.”

He continued when asked about a possible reunion:

“IMMORTAL reunion? Hmm. I got a text from Horgh [IMMORTAL drummer Reidar Horghagen] saying it was great that I got sober. Harald and I haven’t spoken at all. But there’s no evil blood or bitterness on my part anymore. I realize that I was a part of the problem. Things are great for me now. But am I open to an IMMORTAL reunion? Yes, of course. But it has to be something special. I just wish we could sit down and have a talk about things when it all went to hell, instead of involving lawyers.”

Abbath also added that he likes to remember the good times that he had with Demonaz:

“We were young and we drank whisky. Demonaz and I decided to take a rowboat over the fjord to Lysøya, which is where [the famous Norwegian composer and violin player] Ole Bull used to live. The island was full of tourists and we were running around in the woods in full corpse paint and black metal regalia — with torches in our hands. You should have seen the look on the faces of the older American tourists; we nearly gave them a heart attack. We ran back to the boat and rowed like hell back home. Fuck, that was a great time. We were so inspired by the incident that we wrote most of ‘Pure Holocaust’ the very same night.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Immortal Premiere “Northern Chaos Gods” Lyric Video

Immortal have premiered a lyric video for the title track of their new album “Northern Chaos Gods.” That effort will be released on July 6, and it will be the group’s first without frontman Abbath. The single was digitally released today (May 11), and it will also be available as a limited edition 7″ on May 25.

“Northern Chaos Gods” Track Listing:

01. “Northern Chaos Gods”
02. “Into Battle Ride”
03. “Gates To Blashyrkh”
04. “Grim and Dark”
05. “Called To Ice”
06. “Where Mountains Rise”
07. “Blacker Of Worlds”
08. “Mighty Ravendark”

Immortal To Release New Album “Northern Chaos Gods” In July

Immortal have announced that their new album “Northern Chaos Gods” will be released on July 6, via Nuclear Blast. This will be the group’s first album since 2009, and their first without frontman Abbath. Demonaz handled vocal duties, while Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy) handled the bass tracks. The title track will be digitally released on May 11, and will also be available as a limited edition 7″ on May 25.

The band commented:

“We are eternally dedicated to Immortal and our own musical past. The album is conceptual, and the first step in the reclaiming of our past grimness and attitude. Loyalty to the fans and our own musical history is very significant in this. Our new album will soon be available, with songs from the very gates of Blashyrkh — the realm of all darkness and cold.”

“We have put a massive amount of energy into this, and wanted to deliver our absolutely best. It has been a pleasure to finish the studio process and most of all being stoked about the final result. Peter Tägtgren has done an outstanding job in producing and mixing it. We now look forward to have it released, and are excited to share our ninth full-length with you all.”

Immortal Finish New Album

Immortal have announced that they have officially finished their new album. The effort was produced by Peter Tägtgren and it will feature the following tracks: “Northern Chaos Gods“, “Into Battle Ride“, “Gates To Blashyrkh“, “Grim And Dark“, “Called To Ice“, “Where Mountains Rise“, “Blacker Of Worlds” and “Mighty Ravendark.”

The band posted the below update:

“The recording and mastering of the new IMMORTAL album is completed.
The band´s upcoming new full-length album has been produced by Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studio) who also produced “At The Heart Of Winter“, “Damned In Black“, “Sons Of Northern Darkness” and “All Shall Fall”

Demonaz and Horgh comment:

“We have put a massive amount of energy into this, and wanted to deliver our absolutely best.
It has been a pleasure to finish the studio process and most of all being stoked about the final result. Peter Tägtgren has done an outstanding job in producing and mixing it. We now look forward to have it released, and are excited to share our 9th full length with you all.”

The album will be released by Nuclear Blast Records in 2018 (release date will follow) and will contain the following tracks:

“Northern Chaos Gods“, “Into Battle Ride“, “Gates To Blashyrkh“,
“Grim And Dark“, “Called To Ice“, “Where Mountains Rise“,
“Blacker Of Worlds” and “Mighty Ravendark”

The line-up on the album is:
Demonaz (vocals, guitars)
Horgh (drums)
Peter Tägtgren (session bass)”

Immortal To Enter The Studio In January To Record New Album

Immortal have revealed that they will be heading to the studio in January to record their new album. This will be the band’s first effort since their split with Abbath.

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The band said the following:

“The songs have been ready for some time, but we wanted to record it at the right place and time. We will once again work with Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studio who produced our four last albums. The band will enter the studio during wintertime to have the right atmosphere.

We look forward to record and present the new album to the IMMORTAL hordes sometime in 2017.

The tracks that will appear on the album are: ‘Northern Chaos Gods‘, ‘Into Battle Ride‘, ‘Gates To Blashyrkh‘, ‘Blacker Of Worlds‘, ‘Where Mountains Rise‘, ‘Grim And Dark‘, ‘Called To Ice‘, and ‘Ravendark‘.

Blashyrkh, December 2016
Demonaz and Horgh“

Immortal Finish Writing New Album

Immortal have revealed that they have finished writing their new album. Demonaz will be taking over lead vocals for the effort, which you can read more about below. Interestingly, the statement also mentions Abbath’s solo album, which the band claims is composed of tracks stolen from them.

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“IMMORTAL has completed the writing of their ninth full length studio album.

– This will be our darkest and coldest album in a long time: pure Blashyrkh metal the way our fans know it, with massive majestic riffs, grim frostbitten vocals and tales from our mighty realm. Fast and furious tracks, epic tracks and longer playtime than any of our previous albums.

Founding IMMORTAL member, lyricist and guitarist Demonaz is now also handling the vocals.
– The massive fansupport has been very inspiring and we will not let down the fans. The last year we have completed all the new songs and look forward to record our most passionate album in a long time. The songwriting process has been awesome and we are soon ready to start the recordings.

In a time when true and origin Black Metal is nearly dead, the band is in ultimate spirit.
– After the last years incidents it was time to go back to the roots to what this band is really about musically, and also to take the integrity of the band back to where it belongs. Cold, grim uncompromising Blashyrkh metal with a true feeling is what we deliver.

From 2010 until 2014, IMMORTAL wrote all the songs for the successor to “All Shall Fall“, but when ex- member Abbath left the band in 2014, he changed the lyrics, song titles and recorded these songs for his so called “solo album”.
– We had to focus on making a new album nearly from scratch, which is the main reason why things have taken this much time. We are now looking forward to record the new album and present it to all those who have shown their loyalty and support.

IMMORTAL has always been a unique and unstoppable force, and that goes for our fans as well. We will never change our music or attitude.

The album title and song titles will be revealed soon.”

Immortal Members Discuss Split With Abbath

In a new press release, which you can see below, Immortal discussed their split with Abbath. They said the split was ultimatley due to Abbath’s “personal problems.”

Immortal’s new album will be out next year, and Abbath’s solo debut will be released on January 22.