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King ov Hell (ex-Gorgoroth) Quits Abbath Over Lyrical Direction of New Album

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Well, you can’t argue that King ov Hell doesn’t hold to his principles.

The former bassist for Gorgoroth and Sahg (among others) has apparently parted ways with former Immortal frontman Abbath’s solo project, because… well, here, read the statement from Abbath’s label:

“Abbath bass player ‘King’ will no longer be part of the band, due to conflicting views on lyrical concepts of the upcoming album. The lyrics are inspired by Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung. King finds that Jung’s connection to Christian mysticism is incompatible with the image of the band.

“King comments: ‘I wish the members of the actual band, label, and crew all the best for the upcoming shows and the new album. The music itself is nothing short of brilliant! However, I must maintain artistic integrity and respectfully step aside.’

“Abbath will soon give an official statement about King’s departure. No shows will be cancelled!”

That might just be a cover story for why Mr. ov Hell (born Tom Cato Visnes) and Abbath are parting ways… but it would be kind of a weird cover story, and the fact that the statement comes from the label suggests Abbath signed off on it. Actually, I’m almost surprised anyone released a statement — I don’t think people go see Abbath for King ov Hell.

Abbath and King previously worked together in I. That was a good band, too.

In related news, look for Abbath’s new album, Only the Good Die Jung, sometime in 2019.

Thanks: Ranpal C. 

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