Check out this interview I did with ABBINORMAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Yes, we believe it went just the way we imagined it, perhaps better
how do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We felt absolutely exited when we listened to the album for the first time, because it sounds exactly the way we wanted; better of our premonitions. It sounds powerful and contemporary without losing the aggressive roots of most of the songs. We recorded and mixed it at Iron Ape Studios (Vigevano, near Milano) and mastered at Kick Recording Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Buffalo Grillz,…) in Rome.
do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yeah, at the moment we are very sodisfied of our sound: on cd, as written before, we liked very much the general sound we obtained. For live shows our bassist Marco uses a Darkglass pedal that gives him a lot of power, our drummer Luca enhanced his kicks with footblaster triggers and Max setted a perfectly sharp guitar sound with hid Kemper Amp loaded with SinMix professional guitar rig tone. Last but not least, Eric found some keyboard sounds very sick that fit perfectly with the music.
is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Having a message in the lyrics is important if you have something to say, otherwise we think that it isn’t so fondamental…. in addition, we can say that all has been said in metal lyrics, so it’s not easy to talk about important messages without saying what already has been said. Our topics are principally fear, anguish and crazy people; but we also have some funny songs (like Gunkan) and some real-life experiences lyrics.
how important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-We think that the cover artwork is simply fondamental for a band because it’s the image that we use to present ourselves to people that don’t know us. In fact, we choose for the artwork of our first full-lenght the local artist Davide Scianca that with his visionary art fitted perfectly with our idea of music. It’s also important create links between the artwork and the music for us: for example, every single creature on the artwork represents a song of the album.
A really cool cover can definitevely help in selling an album, even more a vynil, obviusly if the music is good too.
why is it so hard for bands that comes from places not the US or UK/sweden/scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-We think that in the countries you not mentioned (like Italy, and many more) there is less metal and grindcore culture and so only a few people are really interested in extreme music gigs: also, the new generation (at least here) seems to be less interested in concerts and much more interested in music streaming. It’s a fact that the medium age at our concerts it’s always over 35. Our goal is to play around Italy and maybe europe when possible to spread our music and see people getting fun. Fortunately, for my experience I can say a positive thing: in Italy, extreme metal audience is very restricted but also very dedicated: who is interested in our activities is more or less always ready to support us, as they can.
today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-It’s very hard at the moment, but we try the possible to stay alive: we have both digital version of our album and a physical one. Fortunately, a lot of fans prefer to have the physical album so they have not only the music, but also the artwork and the booklet in their hands. But most of all we give a lot of importance to live shows: it’s were we have so much fun and also were we face directly our audience, a critical aspect for us.
what is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Our local scene, as previously said, is small but very dedicated: we always thank anyone who comes at our shows and buys our merch because it means a lot to us. At the moment we want to play as much shows as possible, to reach everyone who likes Abbinormal and achieve the goal to be known at national level. Our hope is, in the future, to play some mini-tours (2-3 days, compatibly with our lifes) around europe.
rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitude towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-In Italy metal music is totally not accepted like in scandinavian countruies, probably it is one of the most under developed country under this aspect… but nevertheless we never surrender and continue to grind together!
what does the future hold for you?
-With our fresh new album “1996” in our hands we are now playing new shows and planning additional shows to promote our music around Italy. We will play with Node on december 20th , with Hour of Penance on january 18th , and more to come. We are writing new songs too, that will be presented live and will be inserted in our next album.