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September 22, 2018

Interview Abhorrence


Good day Abhorrence! Glad to speak with you here! How are you guys doing these days?

Pretty good, thank you. Stoked about getting to do some touring and playing live in general.

First of all, please introduce your new band member – Waltteri Väyrynen to our readers.

Waltteri is a fine tuned machine as far as drumming goes. He also plays in Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre, so he is no stranger to working with death metal forerunners. Nor old geezers. He has played in several other bands in the past and it’s been really easy getting him onboard.

I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title? And what is the main story behind of band’s hiatus for soooo many years???

Well, way back when, we were friends. Some played in bands, some did not. Eventually we put a band together, which then evolved into Abhorrence. As far as the name, I think we played with a lot of ideas and the first one that really clicked was this one.

The bands wasn’t on hiatus. We broke up and never seriously thought of getting it back together, until Svart approached us with the compilation album idea and soon after Hammer Open Air with a gig at the festival. Eventually we played two festivals and one club gig, which were just one off reunion type thing. After the gigs tho, we felt we might want to try and create some new tunes, but those the plans sort of died. Now we’re trying to make something happen once again… who knows what happens.

I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?

There is no actual concept, just really misanthropic context which we started with. Your basic death metal gore really, but that got boring very fast, so we added some otherworldly flair and some occult ponderings, existential panic and religious uncertainty. There is some quite deep subcontext, when taken into consideration that we were 16-17 year old kids.

Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?

We just wanted to play brutal music, primal feelings that induce reactions. Our music is a release, for us and for the listeners.

How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?

Well, in the context of Abhorrence, we haven’t managed, at all. I don’t think this question is topical for us, given that the last actual music we’ve written was done about 25 years ago.    

“Totally Vulgar: Live at Tuska Open Air 2013” is the last shot from Abhorrence, but this is just live record… I know fans worldwide can’t wait when you will record some even EP! May we have some secrets unveiled? 😉

No secrets to reveal. And as far as this one being “just a live record”, this is the best those age old tracks have sounded like, ever!

You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide since ‘90s. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?   

I can’t talk about being underrated, but we started as an underground band, we only functioned as an underground band and then we broke up. I don’t think there is anything more  to it.
I actually think it’s amazing we’re known at all, and valued as high, since we literally were not in existence for over 20 years. I mean, goddammit, there has been 2-3 generations of metalheads between now and then, while each and every year since I’ve seen people are still interested in Abhorrence. I can only praise Elder Gods for the lucky stars that have shone upon our ghoulish figure.

Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?

Personally, I (Jukka) have been active in music via reviews, writing, DJing and organizing gigs and events all through these years. No real bands, just few feats on couple of underground projects and bands.
The other guys have played in bands such as Amorphis, Spiha, Verenpisara, Ajattara, Paradise Lost, Moonsorrow and Týr to mention a few. We sure got some history.

Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?

As far as Abhorrence goes, by now we’re not trying to soak up influences, but to steep in our own brand of music and to try and solidify that.

But my personal favourites are all over, mostly metal and rock. Few of my all time favourite bands are Kyuss and Cathedral, maybe Bolt Thrower and Slayer if we’re talking 80’s favourites.
I guess it’s easier to name genres I like, than list bands. So… I really like psych/space rock and traditional doom metal, I have a selection of favourite noise rock bands as well as poppier rock that I listen to. At home I’ve been known to spin some alternative indie pop, older hip hop and some new artist too. Lately 60’s soul and funk are keeping me entertained, lots of Motown and Stax. 70’s hard rock is awesome, especially the heavier end of that spectrum, but I can put on some Pet Sounds or First Aid Kit if I feel like it.
I try to listen to all kinds of music, but these are the things I’ve lately turned on more.

How is the metal scene going in Helsinki these days?

I don’t know really. I don’t go out drinking that often anymore, unless I especially want to see a band. When I do, I make sure to see the opening acts too! I guess it’s okay. It’s getting to be a bit more underground again, so smaller clubs are where it’s all happening. I think Helsinki has lost a lot of medium tier venues over the last few years.

Tell us, if you have played some gigs during last years.

Why yes, we’re just rehearsing for a mini tour of Finland, which is our first ever, and we’re going around with Demilich. This will be four shows at first and and we’ll see about continuing later. Before these dates, our last outing was the same exact show that the Live album is from.
We start from Kuopio on 10th next month and end in Helsinki on the 18th.

Here’s a link to the first event at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/428190177570245/

Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?

No, nothing like that in the works.

Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:

* Soul – imaginary concept to keep peasants sedated
* Death – linguistic concept to tell peasants not to worry, they’re immortal
* Trump – Total muppet, ill mannered, misogynous, delusional, narcissistic crackpot
* Cult – following, this can be good or really, really bad.
* Abscess – lack of hygiene, get that shit popped

Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?

Go like our page, so you can keep an eye on our shit: https://www.facebook.com/AbhorrenceFIN/
Thanks for the interview and take care.

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