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Abbath praises Creatures past and present

Abbath says his band’s new drummer Gabe Seeber is among the best two sticksmen on the planet – alongside the man he replaced.

Former Immortal man Olve ‘Abbath’ Eikemo’s self-titled group sees him backed by a drummer taking the name Creature. The original Creature was Kevin Foley, who was later replaced by Seeber.

And Abbath couldn’t be happier with how things worked out.

He tells Metal Wani: “From Creature Kevin to Creature Gabe, they are pretty much the same drummers. It’s like changing lane, but the speed and determination is still there. I would say they are the best drummers in the world.”

Abbath’s debut, self-titled, album was released last month and the mainman says the songs were written for what would have been Immortal’s ninth album. Instead, they ended up on his new project’s debut, although he admits he couldn’t have done it without Creature and bass player King ov Hell.

Abbath adds: “It didn’t become an Immortal album, which it was supposed to be, It became an Abbath album and I could never have done it without King and Creature.

“I’m very fortunate to have great people around me nowadays, because they don’t grow on trees. I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years now. It’s me, it’s Abbath, it’s Olve, it’s whatever the fuck you want it to be.”

Abbath are on tour in Europe, ahead of a string of North American dates and some European summer festivals.

Immortal’s remaining members Harald ‘Demonaz’ Navdal and drummer Reidar ‘Horgh’ Horghagen are working on an album.

Stef wrote close to 5000 stories during his time as assistant online news editor and later as online news editor between 2014-2016. An accomplished reporter and journalist, Stef has written extensively for a number of UK newspapers and also played bass with UK rock favourites Logan. His favourite bands are Pixies and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Stef left the world of rock'n'roll news behind in late 2016 and has since moved to his beloved Canada.