Abbath is an amusing man and a legend in the black metal scene. While he made his name in Immortal, he was recently kicked out of that band for his antics and has gone on to release his first solo self titled album. While not vastly different from Immortal’s most recent effort All Shall Fall, I find Abbath’s introductory solo effort a solid and groovy album that is easily accessible.
While Immortal was big on sounding cold and frostbitten, Abbath is a groovier and more generic black metal album. Hell, it really is a stretch to call this a black metal album with how accessible the sound is. The majority of the songs lack the ferocity of typical black metal albums. A song that still retains that ferocity is Fenrir Hunts, with rabid drumming and Abbath’s signature vocal style. The single Winter Bane is an excellent track. It has that quintessential sound that Immortal was known for with All Shall Fall, sans solos. The rest of the album follows suit with tracks such as Ashes of the Damned, Count The Dead, and others.
Overall, this review is brief as there is not much to say about this album. Its a solid effort and every song is good, albeit similar. If you are a fan of Immortal’s later work, you can’t go wrong with this album. Recommended.
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Season of Mist
Release: January 22nd 2016