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Bassist Mia Wallace Says She Was “Forced” To Exit Abbath


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Mia Wallace has announced her forced exit from Abbath. She issued the below statement on the matter via social media earlier today, January 28th:

“It is with sadness I have been forced to part ways with Abbath. It has been a challenging but exhilarating/exciting time and I am proud of my contribution to the Outstrider album, the concerts, the videos for Harvest Pyre and Hecate and the visuals and promotion of the band in general.

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For me, being a part of Abbath was a dream come true and I can say with my hand on my heart I have been loyal to the team and to Abbath himself. Everyone can see this from the Argentina concert where I stood on the stage until the bitter end. I have not always agreed with certain other people in the Abbath camp and I have given my opinion honestly without anger or negative intent.

Unfortunately not everyone can take this.

I am disappointed that none of my former colleagues have contacted me in this process except for the five minute phone call from Abbath‘s manager in which I was told I would no longer be needed.

I was told not to contact anyone in the band. The explanation for this had no substance and just made more questions and confusion for me.

Up until then I had been preparing for the European tour as I had been told to do. I had to cancel other plans, and get time off work for the tour which I spent much time preparing for.

I am truly grateful for all the support from the fans, media, everyone at Season of Mist and collaborators of Abbath!

Thank you so much! It means everything to me in this difficult time.

I also wish only the best for Abbath whom I will always admire as an artist and thank him for the opportunity he has given me. Now I shall focus on my next step. Several very interesting new projects are in the works. I promise you have not heard the last of me.

Ciao!

Mia

The news emerges as Abbath embarks on his newfound sobriety, having entered treatment for his addiction issues late last year. That move came following a disasterous show in Argentina which Wallace mentioned above.

Earlier this month, Abbath himself (aka Olve ‘Abbath Doom Occulta’ Eikemo) stated that he was two months sober. Initial reports have Rusty Cornell (ex-Alterbeast) filling in on bass on the band’s ongoing European tour. The band’s touring plans include:

With 1349, VLTIMAS and Nuclear:

01/28 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
01/29 Nantes, FRA – Stereolux
01/30 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
01/31 Barcelona, SPA – Salamandra
02/01 Madrid, SPA – Sala But (tickets)
02/02 Lyon, FRA – Nikasi Kao
02/04 Mannheim, GER – MS Connextion Complex
02/05 Munchen, GER – Backstage (tickets)
02/06 Luzern, SWI – Schuur
02/07 Parma, ITA – Campus Music Industry
02/08 Brno, CZE – Fleda
02/09 Warsaw, POL – Progresja (tickets)
02/11 Berlin, GER – Festsaal Kreuzberg
02/12 Hamburg, GER – Kulturpalast
02/13 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
02/14 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
02/15 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset Klubben

With Mayhem, Gatecreeper and Idle Hands:

03/13 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre (tickets)
03/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom (tickets)
03/17 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market (tickets)
03/18 Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
03/20 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom (tickets)
03/21 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (tickets)
03/22 San Diego, CA – The Observatory NP (tickets)
03/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
03/25 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
03/27 Austin, TX – Empire Garage (tickets)
03/28 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live (tickets)
03/29 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/31 Tampa, FL – The Ritz (tickets)
04/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (tickets)
04/02 Charlotte, NC – The Underground (tickets)
04/03 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
04/04 New York, NY – Webster Hall (tickets)
04/06 Boston, MA – The Paradise (tickets)
04/07 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
04/08 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (tickets)
04/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls (tickets)
04/10 Chicago, IL – The Metro

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