Over 40 years of metal’s biological urge (and a hefty lack of restraint) has resulted in some incomprehensibly large catalogs. No one should have to listen to anywhere from 13 to 15 [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] albums ever just to get caught up for a new release. So each week (as required and/or able), we’re offering a selection of prime(r)(er) cuts to get you up to speed. Without further ado, welcome to…

”How do you define an artist in a short playlist? That’s a difficult question with an answer that will be missing someone’s favorite song or defining moment, lest I just throw together literally everything Abbath has touched in his musical career. I’m not going to pretend what’s here is the be-all, end-all Abbath primer. Instead, what I’ve done is cultivate thirteen songs that best express what I understand to be the essence of Abbath the musician. To me, that means epic guitar-driven black metal heavily influenced by the soaring, consonant melodies of classic metal and delivered with inimitable rock n’ roll swagger that can only come from an outsized musical personality. Many will notice that I’ve neglected some  Immortal records entirely, and that’s not due to a distaste for them or anything of the sort – I’ve just come to my understanding of Abbath through certain records and hold them dear. In sum, when I think Abbath, these thirteen tunes come to mind. I hope you enjoy this humble playlist while we wait for Outstrider to drop on July 5th.”

Diabolus in Muzaka

  • At the Heart of Winter, Immortal, 1999
    – “Solarfall”
    – “Tragedies Blows at Horizon”
  • Sons of Northern Darkness, Immortal, 2002
    – “One by One”
    – “Tyrants”
    – “In My Kingdom Cold”
  • Between Two Worlds, I, 2006
    – “The Storm I Ride”
    – “Far Beyond the Quiet”
    – “Cursed We Are”
  • All Shall Fall, Immortal, 2009
    – “All Shall Fall”
    – “Hordes of War”
    – “Mount North”
  • Abbath, Abbath, 2016
    – “To War!”
    – “Count the Dead”

Abbath‘s 2nd album Outstrider will be released July 5th worldwide via Season of Mist.


We’re all about equality at AMG Inc. Our legal department says we have to be, and it keeps the bowels of this place running smoothly. One person gets a playlist, then everyone wants a one, and soon there’s blood in the water cooler. So have it your way, animals. Everyone gets a playlist. An oh so brief playlist. Trust me, it’s for the best.

  • Steel Druhm
    Manowar – “Sword of the Highlands”
    Hallows Eve – “Lethal Tendancies”
  • Madam X
    Deathstars – “Fire Galore”
    Beak – “Souls in Streams”
  • Dr. A.N.Grier
    Sodom – “Cannon Fodder”
    Annihilator – “The Fun Palace”
  • Dr. Wvrm
    Four Year Strong – “Catastrophe”
    Týr – “Gates of Hel”
  • Sentynel
    Cast from Anna and the Apocalypse – “Turning My Life Around”
    Rise Against – “Savior”
  • Grymm
    Morgion – “The Serpentine Scrolls/Descent to Arawn”
    My Dying Bride – “Black Voyage”
  • Kronos
    Fair to Midland – “Bright Bulbs and Sharp Tools”
    Dead in the Dirt – “Cop”
  • El Cuervo
    Vultures Vengeance – “A Great Spark from the Dark”
    Iron Maiden – “Heaven Can Wait”
  • Mark Z.
    Man Must Die – “Gainsayer”
    Ketzer – “Inverted Cross”
  • Huck N Roll
    Rammstein – “Radio”
    Blue Öyster Cult – “Divine Wind”
  • Eldritch Elitist
    Mega Colossus – “Bug Hunt”
    3 Inches of Blood – “Wykydtron”
  • Ferrous Beuller
    Lake of Tears – “To Blossom Blue”
    Iniquity – “Serenadium”
  • Master of Muppets
    Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”
    Jackson Browne – “Lawyers in Love”
  • TheKenWord
    Fair to Midland – “Coppertank Island”
    Tardigrade Inferno – “We Are Number One”
  • Cherd
    Inter Arma – “The Long Road Home”
    Katatonia – “Brave”
  • Doom_et_Al
    Led Zeppelin – “When the Levee Breaks”
    Mistur – “The Sight”
  • Holdeneye
    Candlemass – “Crystal Ball”
    While Heaven Wept – “Soulsadness”
  • Carcharodon
    Wovenhand – “Go Ye Light”
    The Devin Townsend Band – “Suicide”
  • Twelve
    Diablo Swing Orchestra – “Guerilla Laments”
    Blind Guardian – “Modred’s Song”