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As Mayhem have changed their style unrecognisably, Emperor have disbanded and Burzums Varg Vikernes remains imprisoned, the most prominent acts on the Norwegian black metal scene are Dimmu Borgir and Immortal. While the former prefer to indulge in keyboard-laced theatrics, Immortal continue to stick to the raw, old-school style with a degree of tenacity matched only by Darkthrone and Gorgoroth.
Formed by Abbath (vocals/guitar/bass), Demonaz (guitar), Jørn (guitar) and Armagedda (drums) in 1990, Immortal secured a contract with the French Osmose label the following year. Jørn had left the line-up by the time the band recorded their debut, Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism. Basically extremely rapid metal with intense blastbeats, the label the band gave their work was Holocaust Metal, a predictably controversial title which attracted plenty of attention to Immortal. Armagedda left in May 1992, with Kolgrim the first...