With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ABHORRENT. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
R.I: We started with the idea of making the music we liked at the time, we were teenagers and we did not have many artistic claims. Today we try to deliver a message, show our ideas of musical mixes, we write about situations and sometimes we do a little fiction.
The band seeks to transmit ideas and opinions on various topics, we are interested in current affairs, human manipulation from the spheres of power, mythical themes common to world cultures, social, political and religious criticism. In the Katabasis context, we address different ways in which human beings descend or are dragged into lowliness.
We want to transcend, leave a legacy and over time it is recognized that we create our own sound.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
R.I: We have no experiences related to people’s attitude towards us about our origin. We hope to never have unpleasant experiences for this reason.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
R.I: If the question points to reading the media or people’s comments, we read them all and try to improve things that have not gone well. In the past, we did not know much about what was happening due to the obvious technological limitations.
Currently our way to follow up on comments and obtain a more lasting result is by inviting people to join our social networks and have direct contact with us.
It is very important that the fans can make an identification of each album because that allows to observe the growth and evolution of the band and its music.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
R.I: The biggest challenge in the creation of this album was linking the parts of each song and being able to coordinate the recording sessions. Our vocalist spent several months in recovery from surgery that removed a cancer tumor, for that reason he was unable to participate in the entire process.
Inspiration is essential to write the songs, we add the research on the topics to be treated and the versatility that Spanish allows us, after that we do a coherent translation into English and we put music on it.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
R.I: Richard has had experience with analog recording equipment and processes from a technical point of view, he says that analog has quite a few advantages and auditory differences, especially in the keys. He emphasizes that the element that is most missed in the digital age is the commitment of a sound engineer or producer in the recording studio who is actively involved with the work of the band, who issues opinions and suggests different ways of execution that allow reaching a best result. Basically bring out the best in each musician in the recording process. This interaction fosters growth and much learning for both parties.
Digital recording at home is very common nowadays, where production is limited to putting together recorded elements on a computer and considering that this is an album. That lacks real feeling, humanity, warmth. We believe that the documentary has that underlying message, the richness found in the commitment of people working together in a recording and production process, in this way albums with feeling, honest and sensible are obtained.
We are not saying that digital should be despised, you just have to avoid losing the human factor because music is feeling, culture and the transmission of a message that people can understand and internalize. Achieved that, everything is fine.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
R.I: It is a unique feeling, sitting and listening to a finished album. If we make a comparison, it is like receiving a newborn child. Then comes self-criticism and you realize there are things that could have been done better. You know, artists are nonconformists with their own works.
People’s opinion is important, but we did not think much about it ahead of time and it is clear that a new album will not be gold coin for everyone to like.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
R.I: The lyrics are transcendental for the message and the understanding of the work. The main message is always “think for yourself, here are some situations, information, stories or thoughts that can serve as an example”, understand and assume that we are free.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band
R.I: Things enter the mind through sight.
The album cover should visually reflect a summary of the overall concept of the album. Since the cover of the Demo CHRISTIANICIDE that the covers have been aligned with that idea.
In KATABASIS we went a little further and managed with the illustrator José Canales to incorporate the gradual fall of western society represented in the highest icon that is a messianic face, a christ, sinking, rotting and dissolving in a swamp that represents the accumulation of things disastrous in history. We add some symbolic elements that reaffirm the concept from an occult and hermetic point of view.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
R.I: The fans are always in charge of making us feel their support and recognition, in that they are very kind to us. However, the Chilean public is very special in their behavior, especially with local bands, we could say that there is no surprise that publicity and fad do their job well.
What do you see in the future?
R.I: For the band, a good reception of the album KATABASIS, shows in different places and the creation of new songs. We even have some ideas that we started exploring for new material.
For our country, an acute economic, social and political crisis with scope that I cannot dimension now.
For the world, a long time with the pandemic and the emergence of a totally changed society. The trauma is going to be very acute for everyone.
We take advantage of the space in this publication to tell everyone that strength is about standing up, preserving freedom and dignity. A hug for everyone and take care of your health, we are all necessary.