A two-and-a-half-minute video clip of IMMORTAL frontman breathing fire on stage during the band's appearance at the Tuska festival Friday night (June 29) in Helsinki, Finland has been posted at YouTube. The group's setlist was as follows:
01. The Sun No Longer Rises
02. Withstand The Fall Of Time
03. Sons Of Northern Darkness
05. One By One
06. Wrath From Above
07. Unholy Forces Of Evil
08. Unsilent Storms
09. At The Heart Of Winter
10. Battles In The North
IMMORTAL's July 13, 2007 concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill was officially sold out (1,014 tickets sold) as of a week and a half ago. Less than 200 tickets are still available for the July 15, 2007 show at the Avalon in Los Angeles, California via Ticketmaster and EnterTheVault.com.
After 13 successful years as one of the pioneers of black metal, IMMORTAL disbanded in 2003 with a legacy of seven full-length albums, including the 2002 milestone, "Sons of Northern Darkness". Following a long hiatus, the band decided to enter the live battlefield again.
"I needed a break," Abbath explained. "I think we all did! We were simply burnt out, and there was no point in continuing. We had a Norwegian tour booked, and had performed at some great festivals both in the U.S. and Europe, but it just didn't feel right any longer."
In the meantime, drummer Horgh toured with Sweden's death metal masters HYPOCRISY and released the "Virus" album, while Abbath has been working on his sideproject, I, featuring members of ENSLAVED and SAHG, along with IMMORTAL's original drummer, Armagedda.
"I'm really proud of that album," Abbath stated enthusiastically, "and it was an important album to make in order to be able to focus on IMMORTAL again."