I – Between Two Worlds

After waiting four years after IMMORTAL‘s last album, mainman Abbath breaks his silence with his new solo project, I. I can loosely be described as IMMORTAL sans blast beats and ice cold atmospheres, with classic heavy metal and Viking-era BATHORY throughout. It’s obvious that Abbath had a fun time creating his most diverse album yet alongside friends, King ov Hell (SAGH), Ice Dale (ENSLAVED), and Armaggeda (ex-IMMORTAL). Opening track, “The Storm I Ride,” shows Abbath singing like Lemmy Kilmeister (as he did in his MOTORHEAD cover band) over classic metal riffs. “Warriors” and “Between Two Worlds” are more in tune with latter day, mid-tempo IMMORTAL and the battle marches of BATHORY. Abbath even gives his best Quorthon imitation on these two songs. The remainder of Between Two Worlds sound like IMMORTAL b-sides mixed in with classic metal riffs. There is plenty to get into on this album and it’s sure to please IMMORTAL fans, particularly fans of their most recent albums. But we all know that Between Two Worlds serves to satisfy the cravings of fans before IMMORTAL finally returns from retirement. (Nuclear Blast Records)

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