abbathIn a career that’s guaranteed brilliant photos for the media whenever his name is mentioned, Abbath announces that he’s locked horns with French label Season of Mist! Having recently departed from Immortal (“waaaaah!”) to form a new band under his own name, the iconic Norwegian black metal legend is currently working on his debut album for the label, which is expected to be ready in early 2016.

To keep us in the loop while we wait for that monumetal (see what we did there?) release date, details of the lineup have been revealed: Bass duties will be handled by a man familiar to metal fans across the world – Tom Cato Visnes, more widely known as King ov Hell and main composer for several Gorgoroth albums as well as his own bands Ov Hell (with singer Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir) and God Seed (with vocalist Gaahl). His fellow God Seed member and Borknagar percussionist, Baard Kolstad, will also join Abbath on drums.

Head honcho at Season Of Mist Michael Berberian personally comments: “My first black metal concert ever was Immortal, Rotting Christ and Blasphemy in Paris, 1993. 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 line­up will surpass anything that Abbath did in the past. This band has just the right chemistry, the ambition and the vision to excel.”

We’re looking forward to the new promos shots…. sorry, we mean music.

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