French drummer Kevin Foley (pictured) has left ABBATH, the band led by ex-IMMORTAL frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath). Foley says in a statement: "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! hehe). For some personal reasons, I've decided to leave the band. Still, it's been a great experience and an honor to play all the band's shows so far and record the upcoming album in Sweden with [producer] 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.
"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 ten-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!"
Kevin Foley previously played shows with both SABATON (2011) and SEPULTURA (2013) when their regular drummers sustained injuries on the road.
ABBATH's self-titled debut album will be released on January 22, 2016 via Season Of Mist.
ABBATH has just released a seven-inch single, "Count The Dead". The A-side features the title track while the B-side consists of a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Riding On The Wind".
"Abbath" cover artwork:
"Count The Dead" cover artwork: