Following various feuds and disputes Abbath made his departure from Immortal back in 2015 and went on to announce his own solo project as well as the release of a full length studio album. This is the bands debut release and features three members, King Ov Hell of Gorgoroth fame on bass, Creature (as he is credited) or perhaps better known as Kevin Foley the drummer of Brutal Death Metal band Benighted on of course drums and naturally none other than Abbath himself providing his guitar and vocal talents.
The album lasts for a blistering 40 minutes and is put out through Season Of Mist, but that aside how does it really stand up against a back catalogue of legendary Black Metal? The answer to that is, very well.
Everything kicks off with ‘To War!’ which sets the tone nicely for the rest of the album with Abbaths signature vocals rasping through its entirety, speaking of the vocals one thing that I did pick up on are the somewhat almost clean vocals interjected into this album in the song ‘Winter Bane’. Overall the instrumentation carries a decent hard hitting sound with a healthy mixture of fast and slower paced songs, not to mention also the addition of what sound like brass instruments in the track ‘Ashes Of The Damned’. As a rule though this debut stays pretty true to Abbaths legacy making for an album which still retains a more Black Metal edge.
In conclusion I think its fairly safe to say that Abbath has made his mark, proving that he has an exceptional song writing ability. The high end production and overall sound might not be all that appealing to a seasoned Black Metal listener searching for the grim and frostbitten terror of early Immortal albums such as ‘Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism’ and ‘Pure Holocaust’ but it certainly holds its own. I feel that long time listeners of Immortal will probably find a wealth of enjoyment out of this, it might take Abbath a while to get over the initial chants of Immortal songs at live shows but I feel in time Abbath will create a strong, solid fan base for what is to hopefully be a fulfilling, successful solo career.