January 2016 Album of the Month: Abbath’s AbbathSaturday, 6th February 2016
Continuing the prediction from Exmortus’ start to the year at the end of December, we’re all in for a great 2016 in regards to heavy metal. Edging past the crowd (which included Fleshgod Apocalypse, Striker, and Avantasia) was Abbath, whose solo album definitely struck a chord. Continuing the progression of later Immortal, Abbath takes familiar elements and brings them a step or two further. Killer cuts like “Fenrir Hunts” and “Ashes of the Damned” are sure to please Immortal fans, as well as bring in plenty of new followers. As will the upcoming North American tour with High on Fire in March/April.
An excerpt from David E. Gehlke’s 9/10 review, which posted on January 12th, 2016:
You never want to dismiss a legendary act like Immortal by saying one person made the band, but after listening to Abbath’s self-titled debut, it’s obvious: Abbath was the band. His identifiable voice, riffs, and persona clearly trumped all parties involved, which could make this one of the more successful breaks from a big band in a long time. But to the matter at hand: Abbath isn’t the icy, black-toting spectacle that it could have been. Rather, it’s a rugged, turbulent offering of what is the realized, next, and rightful touchstone after Sons of Northern Darkness and All Shall Fall. And, it’s one of 2016 first true gems.
With a full slate of touring on the horizon, the real test for Abbath will be on the road. If the man’s reported drinking problems subside, then there’s no reason he and his namesake act can’t climb the ladder to where Immortal is, who also so happen to be preparing a new album. Expect Abbath to overshadow his old band – this debut is simply too good to think otherwise.
Read the entire review HERE.