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 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.