Thursday, July 2, 2015

Abaton Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Abaton born in 2009 as a mate's band that spent time in rehearsal-room to create something together. After finding a good balance in 2011, was released the first full length album "Hecate". In 2015, after having closed friendship with Viscera///, we decided to record this collaboration, two tracks with mixed line up.

2.So far you have released a full length and a split ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Whereas the band is constantly in evolution, it's hard to characterize a specific musical style. The constant aim is to engage the listeners in landscapes that bring them to the emotions we had feel in the writings time.

Differences between Diade(ms) and Hecate is obvious, becouse they were composed and recorded by different people and inspirations.

3.The band has been around since 2009 but so far has only put out 2 releases, can you tell us a little bit more the gap in between recordings?

We had to change line up and we had internal path which made the process of writing new material more difficult. Besides we try to make for us every detail perfect of each song and concept. So the writing process take a long time from the draft to the complete project.

4.On the ep you had team up with Viscera////, how would you compare their own musical style to yours?

Our musical genres, although slightly similar, they definitely have different sounds and rhythms. Indeed, what bonded us it was not the likeness of musical style but the real interpersonal connections. For these reasons we decided to make a real collaboration, not a simple split album.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrics are music's extensions. it describe the landscape created from the music and vice versa. Hecate's album theme was the evolution through the suffering, Diade(ms) and our currently theme has been talking about the concept of the evolution through the knowledge, transcending the suffering.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abaton'?

The fundamental value that binds Abaton is a shared passion by the members of the band, what we are able to create together and all the experiences that we live together. Abaton is a greek word, which literally means inaccessible, more detail, however, is a sacred place, inside a sacred place. A room of a subterranean temple, accessible only by those who have taken a spiritual journey.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The last gig was at Santa Maria Summer Fest, in Beja - Portugal (we take this opportunity also to thank all the staff) it was really amazing.

To name others concerts, various dates of tours, Pilsen in Czech Republic in 2014, Macigni Fest in Milan in 2014.

Our stage performance tries to be a visual as well as emotional involvement, through the use of specific lights.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Sure, we are planning a European tour (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Rep) at the end of October, as well as other Italian dates for the promotion of Diade(ms), where we will be on the stage with Viscera///.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, sludge and doom metal?

For now, they have always been positive, in some cases more than others.

We hope to continue to be like that. People appreciate us especially on the stage and it's something that makes us very proud.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We will release the next full leght album "We are certainly not made of flesh" in October (in which there will be a guest vocal by Sean Worrel from Nero di Marte, who we thank heartfully) and, for the future, we're already at work for the concept of the next full, we hope to do collaborations with other bands, such as this one.

It 'hard to predict which style we will hit for the next compositions, the new album is much atmospheric and liquid, compared to Hecate, which was very visceral and scratchy.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Everyone of us listen to different genres, from hardcore to punk, from doom to sludge. It's difficult to name bands that particularly affect the way we compose music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We like every forms of art, paintings, tattoos, nature ... and having fun together and meet new crazy people.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We would thanks those who will read this interview, Viscera///, all the labels involved in releasing Diade(ms), Maicol from Soundscape Studio, all the amazing bands that we have known and created great friendship and all the people those who follow us.

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