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.”