Back in late April, Abbath opted to put Immortal on hold and start up a band in his own name. There was some falling out and legal issues over this and Immortal continued without him. It’s been a bit turbulent to say the least and it appears as if the turbulence has continued…
Now, drummer Kevin Foley (Creature) has left the band. He was shortly followed by session guitarist Per Valla. This is bad timing given the impending Decibel Tour slot among other things.
Both musicians gave statements in the wake of their departure. First, Kevin Foley had the following to say:
“As a few of you might already know, I’ve been busy this year playing with the Norwegian band Abbath as a mysterious character called ‘Creature’ (sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was the amazing Baard Koldstad). For some personal reasons, I’ve decided to leave the band.
“Still, it’s been a great experience and an honour to play all the band’s shows so far and record the upcoming album in Sweden with Daniel Bergstrand. I’m really happy with the result. I love the songs, the sound and I’m proud of my drumming on this one. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project!
“As for the near future, I will be touring for the last time ever with my brothers from Benighted in January and February, opening for The Black Dahlia Murder all over Europe. It will be the best way possible to close a 10 amazing years long chapter of my life. These guys are my absolute best friends and I have no doubt that we’ll have a lot of fun on this tour!
“After that, it will be time for me to move on, look for new projects and do my best to keep making a living out of music. I’m looking forward to 2016!”
Per Valla said this:
“After having played as session guitarist with Abbath since May this year, I have recently decided that it is time for me to leave the band for personal reasons. I thank the guys for bringing me along on such an awesome ride, and for all the new friends I made in the process. I wish the guys the best of luck in the future.”