Reunited Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL have been confirmed as the headliners of the 2007 edition of the Inferno Festival, set to take place April 5-7 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.
"It will be a great show in front of a good mixture of Norwegian fans and people form all over the world. It will be a very special show," stated frontman Abbath.
Tickets for the festival are available from today (Sunday, October 1).
The full lineup will be announced at the Inferno Festival kick-off party on February 3 at John Dee. However, a few more bands will be revealed before Christmas.
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.
Come 2007, the world will experience a ferocious new IMMORTAL lineup, featuring Abbath, Horgh, and new bass player Apollyon from AURA NOIR. Among the audiences who will witness IMMORTAL's resurrection will be those attending Germany's Wacken Open Air 2007, where the band will headline. The group has also announced two exclusive concert appearances in the U.S.: July 13 at the B.B. King Blues club & Grill in New York City and July 15 at The Avalon in Los Angeles.
"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."
For more information about the Inferno Festival, visit www.infernofestival.net.