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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Abstruse Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the release of the 2 albums?

I am currently working with the promotion of the albums and also dealing a live performance for them.

2.In July, you had released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound has more space as it is intended through the concept of the albums. This is
elaborated by using the binaural (3d) recording technique which gives the listener the perception of a three dimensional space surrounding him. It is more diverse than the previous works, many instruments, styles in a working whole, a ‘’gestalt’.

3.What was the decision behind releasing 2 albums instead of one?

I had many pieces that would not fit in a single work. Also each album works as a complement for the other. They are one work in essence.

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

The space within us and the void surrounding us or inversely the void within us and the space surrounding us. The different perspectives and philosophical views over life
that shape the mood and our intentions.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abstruse'?

It means difficult to comprehend, inspired by the statement that truth is hard to grasp, it lies behind the curtains of our illusory world.

6.There are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Since 2007 it’s only me. No plans for the future, just wait and see.

7.The band was formed in 2002 but it took 5 years to release any material and it took till 2012 to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

Since 2010 , an album comes every two years. I think this is not a large gap for a solo project that has many demands of technical, structure-wise nature. In  the beginning things were more difficult and also demands from universities kept things hard .

Actually a demo was released in 2003 but we decided not to let it out.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

No, the music is very underground for a label to release. They also seek for live concerts that are not doable right now. I prefer the DIY view for now.

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

There has been a lot of feedback from all over the world , such as U.S. , Germany
and it is always a nice surprise to see the albums featured on talks in forums by fans suggesting them to others.

10.What musically direction do you see yourself heading into during the future?

I can speak for the next album which will have a tribal feeling in it. The future is unknown…

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?

In the past, Mayhem, Thorns, Bolt Thrower,from the extreme metal scene, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Debussy from the 20th century classical, later Amon Tobin, Bong Ra from electronica. I am listening to a lot of different genres; one particular band that walks great on the crossover path is the Norwegian Manes.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading, Writing, in specific a paper for a new musical system I am developing through the years, called the ‘rational system’

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

Thanks for the questions, people can check out the albums and download them for free in bandcamp , here is the link :

Monday, November 17, 2014

Abstruse/Outer Void-Inner Void/2014 Full Length Review

  This  is  a  review  of  another  album  from  Abstruse  which  was  released  the  same  day  as  the  previous  one  reviewed  and  also  continues  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  sound  of  the  previous  recording  while  still  retaining  some  black  metal  roots  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Outer  Void-Inner  Void".

  Dark  ambient  drones  and  atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  avant  garde  clean  singing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  get  more  aggressive  at  times  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  distorted  parts  bring  in  elements  of  industrial  while  also  having  the  heaviness  of  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  grim  voices  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times.

  Guitars  at  times  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  solos  and  leads  that  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  just  like  with  the  previous  recording  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  the  vocals  bring  in  a  black  metal  feeling  and  a  lot  of  the  music  brings  in  traces  of  early  1900's  musical  genres  while  they  never  forget  there  metal  roots.

  Dog  barking  sounds  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  music  and  with  each  track  the  album  gets  more  diverse  and  original  sounding  and  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  metal  sound  on  this  recording  than  than  the  previous  one  reviewed  whilr  also  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time.

  Abstrucs  creates  another  album  that  is  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  also  having  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  as  well  as  being  very  heavy  and  adding  an  industrial  influence  into  their  sound  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  illusion  and  reality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abstruse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  experimental  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inner  Void"  "Acid  Rain"  "Underground"  and  "Outer  Space".  8  out  of  10.


Abstruse/Inner Space-Outer Void/2014 Full Length Review

  Abstruse  are  a  duo  form  Greece  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  "inner  Space-Outer  Void".

  Dark  background  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  and  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  use  spoken  word  parts  and  get  aggressive  at  times  and  there  are  also  some  heavy  guitars,  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  you  can  hear  blast  beats  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  slight  thrash  feeling  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  The  music  can  be  very  heavy  and  avant  garde  both  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  in  psychedelic  and  symphonic  elements  at  times  along  with  a  good  amount  of  technical  guitar  leads  and  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  ambient  sounds  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  heavy  weird  style  of  sound.

  At  times  you  can  hear  some  80's  style  death  rock  in  the  songs  along  with  small  amounts  of  whispers  being  brought  in  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  diverse  with  the  heavier  part s bringing   in  a  bit  of  the  90's  avant  garde  sound  that  some  of  the  bands  where  experimenting  with  in  these  days  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  grim  screams  briefly  and  the  later  songs  go  for  more  of  an  un-commercialized  form  of  experimental  music

  Abstruse  creates  a  very  weird  style  of  music  with  their  sound  having  some  roots  in  avant  garde  black  metal  and  thrash  which  is  still  a part  of  their  sound  while  the  later  half  of  the  album  really  goes  for  a  very  experimental  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Illusion  and  Reality  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Anstruse  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  act  that  have  their  roots  in  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Outer  Void"  :Enchanting  The  Snake"  "Temple  Of  The  Android"  and  "Inner  Space".  8  out  of  10.