Olve Eikemo (born 27 June 1973), better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician best known as a founding member of the black metal band Immortal. Before founding Immortal, Abbath performed with Old Funeral alongside future I...
Olve Eikemo (born 27 June 1973), better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician best known as a founding member of the black metal band Immortal. Before founding Immortal, Abbath performed with Old Funeral alongside future Immortal member Demonaz. While working with Old Funeral, he also joined Demonaz's band Amputation which later became Immortal. He also plays bass in Demonaz's eponymous project.
Although he is primarily a guitarist, he is also proficient as a drummer, having recorded all drums for Immortal albums Pure Holocaust and Battles in the North. Following his departure from Immortal in 2015, he announced that he will be forming a new band under the Abbath name.
Eikemo grew up in Lysefjorden in Os just outside Bergen in Norway. As a young boy, he was a great fan of the band Kiss. His first heavy metal album was Creatures of the Night, which made him feel "immortal". He started his musical career with the band Old Funeral.
Immortal's history begins in 1989 as death metal band Amputation. At various times throughout Immortal's existence, Abbath was lead vocalist, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer, and lyricist, mainly due to the inconsistent line-ups they were able to put together. For a long period of time, however, Abbath served the band as vocalist, bassist and (studio) drummer while Demonaz played lead guitar. It was not until Horgh arrived that Immortal was able to secure a steady line-up, but problems continued. After the release of Blizzard Beasts in 1997, Demonaz was diagnosed with acute tendinitis, and was consequently forced to quit as guitarist, but remained as lyricist and band manager. They released At the Heart of Winter in 1999, this time with Abbath handling guitar and bass, with Horgh still on drums. This album marks a large shift in sound and style for the music of Immortal. In 2000 they released Damned in Black, with Iscariah on bass. Sons of Northern Darkness was released in 2002, with the same lineup.
Soon after the release of Sons of Northern Darkness, Immortal ceased to exist. The break-up was not caused by tensions or problems, but was rather a mutual one between all members, who claimed to do this for personal reasons.
In early June 2006, it was announced through a German Rock Hard magazine, that Abbath and Horgh would reunite as Immortal. They have begun practicing old material. In regard to when Immortal would start playing live again, Abbath is quoted saying:
They have begun to tour again, recently playing shows at the Wacken festival in Germany, and touring for the first time in Australia and New Zealand in March 2008. The new Immortal album All Shall Fall was released in September 2009 in Europe with a US release following a month later.
In 2006, Abbath started a new band called simply, "I". Abbath is the frontman and guitarist of "I" and is joined by former Immortal drummer Armagedda on drums, Gorgoroth bassist King ov Hell on bass, Enslaved guitarist Arve Isdal on guitars, and former Immortal guitarist Demonaz writing lyrics. The debut album called Between Two Worlds was released in 2006.
After Abbath split with Immortal in 2015, he formed the band ABBATH as a solo project. The band is set to release their first album in 2016, and played live for the first time at Tuska Open Air 2015.
Bömbers is a Motörhead tribute band formed in 1996. Abbath provides the vocals and bass, Tore (ex-Old Funeral) is on Guitars, and Pez (Punishment Park) is on Drums. During the Inferno Metal Festival 2007, Abbath joined the German thrash metal band Sodom on stage and performed a Motörhead-cover of "Ace of Spades".
ESP LTD V-401DX (with Seymour Duncan pickups)
ESP LTD DV8-R (modified to accept a Floyd Rose tremolo system)
GHL Jackson Randy Rhoads copy
He was also seen playing a Schecter Gary Holt V-1, although it is unconfirmed if Abbath was the owner of the guitar.
In an issue of Guitar World which features an interview with him, it is mentioned that he has an endorsement deal with ESP.
Abbath uses an ENGL Ritchie Blackmore Signature E650 amp through either direct line in or a Marshall cabinet.
The character Lars Ümlaüt, from the Guitar Hero Series features much of the same clothing Abbath wears, and identical corpse paint. The reference is more apparent in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, as Ümlaüt's hair is jet black (rather than blond) just like Abbath.
Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX has a character similar to Abbath on the label of their Imperial stout.