Independent label Season of Mist has signed a contract with the band Abbath, which was formed by Immortal's ex-vocalist Olve 'Abbath' Eikemo. The musician is reported to be currently working on the material for a new album, which is expected to be ready in early 2016.
The new release will be recorded with the bassist Tom Cato Visnes (Gorgoroth, Ov Hell, God Seed), better known as King ov Hell. His fellow God Seed's member Baard Kolstad, will also join Abbath on drums.
"My first black metal concert ever was IMMORTAL, ROTTING CHRIST, and BLASPHEMY in Paris, 1993", — the Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian says: "Black metal was then, and still is, defining my musical taste. This concert was life changing and one of the events that eventually sparked the birth of Season of Mist. Fast-forward 22 years from that concert at this moment in time. ROTTING CHRIST have been with us for years, and now ABBATH joins us too! I'm presenting this signing with a pure adrenaline high and childlike amazement. On top of this, Abbath is one of a kind, a genuine character. I have known Tom aka King for years, and Baard is a phenomenon – one of a kind in any generation of drummers. I have no doubt that this line-up will surpass anything that Abbath did in the past. This band has just the right chemistry, the ambition and the vision to excel."
Olve has previously said that the band's new songs "have been honed, ready to sit alongside classic Immortal material and rarely – if ever – played gems".
Abbath will debut on June 27, 2015 at Tuska Metal Festival, alongside with Alice Cooper, In Flames and Opeth.
Abbath's show dates:
June 27 — Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
September 4 — Switzerland @ Meh Suff Festival
September 5 — France @ Fall of Summer Festival
September 18 — London, UK @ The Forum
February 20 — Norway @ Blastfest