Hi, ABHORDIUM. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi! We are currently writing new material, promoting the album and arranging gigs for the spring, summer and fall. We’ve signed a promotion deal with Grand Sounds Promotion and it has brought a lot of followers and feedback in social media. Also we’ve been negotiating about a tour with a foreign booking agency, so things are going pretty nicely now.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We are a blackened death metal band from Salo, Finland. We started as a death metal band back in 2005, but the music has slowly evolved towards more black metallish approach.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
It was back in 2004 when Arttu and the former members started playing together. Our first project was a pagan black/trash metal, but after Riku Kaukonen joined to play the second guitar we had the idea that it would be cool to play death metal. Soon after this Jarkko Neuvonen joined the band as lead guitarist, so the vocalist Sauli Heikkilä could concentrate on the vocals, this is how Abhordium was born. There’s been a lot of line-up changes during the years and currently Arttu is the only original member in the band.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
Metal music has been a part of our lives for long, at least since we were teenagers and most of us have started playing music at young age. Arttu was in a musical school class in the elementary school and also has some musical education after that. Also Kari has education in music and works as a music technologist nowadays.
ABHORDIUM recently released album “Omega Prayer”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
The album has views of the end of our society and civilisation by the actions of man, but for example in the last and title track Omega Prayer there are also aspects of the natural side of change and renewal through destruction, be it the end of human race, end of our solar system or a much larger havoc on cosmic scale. A short clarification of the lyrics and meanings would be that the beginning of the album (Tracks 1-3) impugns the human race and its behavior patterns that make them blindly follow some beliefs and consepts thus making them slaves. Next in the album (Tracks 4-6) comes the part that focuses on studying the dark chasms of the consciousness and receiving a prophecy of doom through divination. Last part of the album (Tracks 7-9) is about forces of chaos, void, darkness and becoming a strong individual to proclaim and bestow damnation upon man. In our opinion the title track concludes the album perfectly and it is one of the most epic compositions we’ve made.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
The response has been mainly very good. We are ofcourse exited about this and it has motivated us to push on. Yes we’re currently working on a new material and it progresses slowly but surely. A lot of new ideas and riffs have come to mind last year and Arttu and Tommi did some pre-production in december. It already sounds very promising.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
It was back in 2005 in our hometown Salo in a bar called Maksim, which does not exist anymore. It was a very thrilling experience to play first time with your own band and we did not know what to expect. It turned out nicely since many friends came to support us.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
We think that dedication, hard work, contacts and good promotion are the main keys to success.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Yes a few times, but it’s not a big deal because accidents tend to happen when you perform enthusiastically hah! Like falling of from the stage or getting slammed to your face by the guitar’s headstock when your moshing.
If asked to differentiate ABHORDIUM from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
Well.. have to say that we haven’t heard a band from Finland that in our opinion has the same artistic approach that we have. Some of them are close and there are ofcourse many very talented and good bands out there, but we think that we have a certain uniqueness in our sound and compositions. Although we’ve received some critic about leaning a bit too much towards our influences. We’ll see how the future shapes our path, because there’s new blood in the band and the founding member and drummer Arttu has taken more responsibility in composing the songs, since Jarkko who was the main composer left the band. The new material has been even more darkened and sinister than ever before. It is ofcourse a good thing because we are always aiming to evolve as a band and as musicians.
Which bands/artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
The biggest influences come from black metal. Mostly the usual second wave bands like Marduk, Dissection, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Emperor etc. As for the death metal bands like Morbid Angel, Nile, Vader and ofcourse Behemoth has influenced us a lot throughout the years. There aren’t many metal bands in Salo since this is a small town but to name a few to support our friends we would like to mention Misanthropic Forest (black metal), King Akira (melodic trash/death metal), Therapist (melodic trash metal)
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
You always have to schelude and manage these things well in advance so that it goes without problems and too much hurry, since it takes a lot of time and effort to practise this kind of music. So sometimes it can be really hard. Same goes with the band practice and meetings…Have to say that we’ve noticed that were getting old since the time to just have fun has decreased a lot since we were younger. This is ofcourse normal, but yes we still do it from time to time and this kind of activity increases more towards summer ’cause nowadays we usually have very shitty weather from the autumn to late spring here in Southern Finland and people tend to stay more at home because of that.
ABHORDIUM is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Thanks! Hopefully we’ve managed to find a label with a reasonable deal to support us and also we are aiming to release two new albums during the next 5 years and play a lot of gigs here in Finland and foreign countries. The future surely looks promising for us so lets see what happens.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
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