APOTHEOSIS OMEGA is yet another cool band to come from Germany. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
Abyssus: No pressure at all for me. I know we all collectively did the best we could in creating the art and music, so I am pretty confident in what we do. I really do not care if it gets the highest or lowest reviews, because I know there are always people who dislike the things you do. It’s just the way it is. At least we know we did something that made us proud, that took us on an artistic journey, learning new things, creating things we hold dear and that we can share those things with likeminded people in the form of our music.
Dorn: Our first release as Apotheosis Omega was actually really just a demo, though often referred to as an album. Nevertheless, it is the prelude to our album concept. For me personally, it makes no difference whether you publish a demo or an album. The work is the same and you are proud of the result and of course curious what resonance it gets.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
Abyssus: No, I personally don’t set up goals for it. What I expect is mostly written out to the first question. If it blows, then so be it. If it is well recieved, then great. Those things are not in our hands. We do what we do because we want to do it and we will continue to do so.
Dorn: I am simply happy to have created something in which the result of long, intense work manifests and is satisfied. That makes me proud. I have no special goals. The CD sounds exactly as I dreamed it would be, that’s all I need.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Abyssus: It’s not weird at all. We create music, we release it. People gonna find it and listen to it. If they like what they hear, they will probably come to our shows. So I already expect a certain percentage to know us and our works when they stand in front of the stage. Nothing strange about that.
Dorn: The experience that groupies were screaming our songs in the front row and throwing their underwear at us before they pass out has not been done already. But I also hope that stays that way. We do not make party music, but devote ourselves to the devotion and love of our music. If we also achieve something emotionally at our auditorium, we are all the happier.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
Abyssus: Not that much. Of course because it is still us, who does the art, it will always sounds like us. We’re also still using the same imagery and follow the same concepts of lyrics, so there are no worries that people might confuse us or don’t recognize us. We want and hope of course to evolve artistically from each output to the next.
Dorn: But since we also want to develop ourselves, we do not really orient ourselves to what we have already recorded. The songs are created in the rehearsal room, one brings along an idea and a song is created. While the melodies are growing, an idea of a theme for the song develops quite quickly in my head, and the lyrics gradually develop.
Since the lyrics all follow a certain concept, the connection to the last publication is the smallest claim, although I want to stay at the same level of lyrics.
The artwork obviously follows a certain concept as well. The variations herein are based on the particular focus of the album in question.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
Abyssus: Sometimes, yes. You get to know other artists in the field, you get to forge new friendships etc. It’s like connecting to a new and specific networks, that has advantages. You know you’re all connected by the passion for music and art.
Dorn: Sometimes. It’s nice to be part of the history of music that has been with me for over 20 years. The music scene is very international and it’s exciting to meet people at concerts that come from afar and that you would never have had any contact with. However, I do not feel affiliated to a larger community just because I play in a band. But I’m also picky about choosing communities I want to belong to.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
Abyssus: In our case I would say it is pretty easy. We all come from different backgrounds, but black metal is something each of us loves. But because of these different backgrounds, we can draw from other genres like Death and Doom and play with it and make it our own in the end.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
Abyssus: I draw my inspirations and influences more from an emotional and spiritual place when I play. There are still great acts out there, who inspire me musically though. Especially in the Icelandic scene at the moment. And yes, we have a clear message, that is also really important to ourselves. Everyone who is open minded to the idea that we represent, already knows.
Dorn: I believe that it is important to carry a message in the texts, on the one hand, to stand out from the mass of soulless music, on the other hand, because the music itself is too valuable to me to profane it by secular texts.
Our intention is not to convert people or anything, but to make them curious, to encourage them to override secular constructs that further limit our freedom in our selves, and to deal with other things besides their material world. Maybe they discover a path for themselves, which ultimately transports them beyond the limits of their existence and leads them towards true freedom. For this reason, the lyrics are intentionally kept relatively simple.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Abyssus: You hear or read a lot nowadays, especially online. But as a small underground act we don’t really experience these things in a big enough manner to really argue about it.
Dorn: It’s difficult. Music, unfortunately also Black Metal, is increasingly becoming a simple consumer product, not least because of its constant availability through the Internet.
I have the impression that content-wise good music is more and more on the way down. There are also published more and more things in the metal sector, which are more aimed at the fun society. These then sell quite well.
In order to make music today and to produce professionally, you have to be very much worth it. The time, energy, dedication and last but not least all the money you invest in it, you will never get back. The days when you could quickly get rich as a band are long gone. But this is not our intention at all. First and foremost for the love of music, ars gratia artis.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Dorn: An album is more than just the music on it. If you only download music from the internet, you will not have the experience to hold the artwork in your hands, to leaf through the booklet while listening and to lose yourself in the complete piece of art. Black Metal definitely has to be present as a physical sound carrier for me.
Furthermore, of course, one hears more targeted and attentive music. For me, a download is soulless and will never be able to replace real sound recordings. Funfact: I bought my first turntable in 2018 and am about to buy my favorite albums on vinyl, CDs are no longer enough for me.
A big drawback, in my opinion, is that all music is available within a few moments, where we often had to spend months looking for specific CDs or tapes. The joy of finally being able to hear the desired disc will never be reached by any download in the world. At that time, music was “consumed” differently than it is today.
What lies in the future?
Dorn: Nobody can say what the future holds. In 2019 we will play some live concerts again and write new songs. The same procedure as every year, James.
Abyssus: We’re currently already working on a couple of new songs for the next record and then we hope to play a couple of live show throughout this year.