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Bergen, Norway (1989 – 2003, 2006 – present)

Immortal is a prominent black metal band from Bergen, Norway. The group began in 1989 as “Amputation”, a death metal band. Immortal’s early full-length releases were of a traditional, yet complex black metal style, but their acclaimed album At the Heart of Winter saw the band begin to experiment with a fusion of black metal and German thrash. The resulting sound was a style which characterized Immortal’s later works. Immortal has been influential to many modern metal artists. Immortal’s founders; Abbath and Demonaz, have attained a legendary status in the Scandinavian heavy metal scene. Out of these many bands Immortal has arguably maintained the most occult-mysticism image and way of life traditionally credited to black metal. Their peculiar music style of melodic black metal has guaranteed them a spot on the list of the best bands in the history of the genre, and has most definitely triggered the rise of their albums sales, even though most of the albums, with the exception of Sons of Northern Darkness, are quite difficult to obtain in some regions.

Amputation recorded their first two demos in 1989 with Demonaz Doom Occulta and Jorn Tunsberg on guitars, Abbath Doom Occulta on bass and vocals, and Armagedda on drums. The group changed its name to “Immortal” around 1990-1991. Their third demo, Unholy Forces of Evil, saw a stylistic change to black metal and earned them a record contract. Tunsberg played many of the guitar parts of Immortal’s first album Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, but is not officially credited.

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  • vaulthead

    Good stuff.

    1 hour ago Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    The best black metal period.

    24 Jan 3:46pm Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism and Pure Holocaust!

    22 Jan 12:11pm Reply
  • colderskin

    You said you didn't get the big deal which I assume meant you didn't know why so many people cared which can be explained by a large fan base. I like all of their material tho I do prefer earlier a bit more that being said they remain one of my favorite bm bands and since I'm a huge fan it is quite a bummer.

    21 Jan 12:37pm Reply
  • maxxy

    Hey, here's an actually active group on last.fm for music discussion. It's metal-oriented though. Join if you are interested Cheers! http://www.last.fm/group/Unholy+Cult+of+the+Appraised+and+Damned

    11 Jan 4:19am Reply
  • Schander

    All Shall Fall is overrated as fuck.

    9 Jan 5:38pm Reply
  • BlackTormentor

    Immortal with Demonaz is black metal. Without him is death metal. Sad...

    3 Jan 10:56pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i think you know the size of a fan base is not a good reason. I was mildly interested when all shall fall was released but really, they haven't made anything worth getting excited about in a long time, it's not a big loss for anybody except for those who liked their stuff for the past 15 years. it's similar to metallica heading to splitsville

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    One of the greatest black metal acts of all-time! Yup! :P

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Andrew_Lytvyn

    отличненько)

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vittuviladunaa

    Love Immortal but It feels just natural that their time was up.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Varder

    I actually think All Shall Fall is a strong album.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bassius

    that main, so awesome.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • colderskin

    versionfiv: cut the shit; this band has a huge fan base and is one of the most quintessential BM bands in history possibly breaking up for almost the same petty problem another essential bm band had. You definitely know what the big deal is.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    this band hasnt made anything good in a long time, i dont know what the big deal is.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Varder

    I guess we won't see a new Immortal album for some time...

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sterma_albatros

    Widowmaker, so is Demonaz...

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Widomaker121212

    I think it's ridiculous it's like gorgoroth all over again but abbath should have the rights he is an original member

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Schander

    Apparently they've broken up over this shit... fucking morons.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • qlacs

    IMMORTAL PLEASE GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AGAIN SO WE CAN RIDE INTO THE HEART OF WINTER ONCE AGAIN. MANY FKIN THANKS.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
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