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......::::ABYSSUS (Greece)::::......
Date: 10th, October 2013
(Answers by Kostas Analytis - Vocal/bass )
 

 

This is what I call  the revival of the old 80´s death metal, strongly influnced by bands suchs as OBITUARY, ASPHYX; BENEDICTION, this is ABYSSUS from Greece, they keep the flame of the glorious death metal era alive! A must!

1. Hails Kostas, you are the only founder member of the band, but I assume you have reached a solid and complete line up now? Tell us about this.

Well, Abyssus is the band, the dream if you like, that i was thinking about for years after the split-up of my first band Necrosis. Many changes on the line-up occurred but everything happens for a reason and is my belief that at this moment we have a really great and solid line-up!

2. You have already played on a previous death metal band called NECROSIS, could you remind us a little aspect about this period and how so you decided to form your own band?

That happened many years ago... we were high school students, passionate for heavy metal! We were waiting the saturday to come to go on the studio and play our new riffs and compose. Immature stuff but very good even for nowadays... i have in mind to re-record the old shits with the guys! You should notice that they are still playing in great bands! Vaggelis (drums) plays to Necrovorous, Resurgency, Sacral Rage, Overcast and many more and Harris (guitars) has his own great band, Vacantfield. Hope to play again with the lads!

3. Since your inception in 2011, you have released an EP and a couple of splits, and are currently planning to release another one. Could you tell us a bit more about the bands whom you shared these releases?

The first split release is "No Life In The Coffin" with legendary Nocturnal Vomit! We are talking about one of the greatest death metal bands worldwide. Their debut album "Cursed Relics" is an incantation of blasphemy! They wanted to make a split together and it would be a no sense decision to deny their kind offer! They are great guys and i think that this is a perfect release for any listener who wants furious old school death metal on its purest form! Soon another split -tape with crust/punk band SLAKTGRAV will be available, early in the 2014! it will be a fist in the face! And finally these days, is about to be released our split-cd with MORBIDER, one of the most underrated bands in the death metal scene! "From The Abyss Raised The Morbid..." is entitled. Total Death Metal Holocaust!

4. Your sound is extremely focused on the old school vein. I can notice strong remembrances to OBITUARY, BENEDICTION, ASPHYX. In your opinion, how much did the death metal scene change compared to the late '80-s/early '90-s?

Well, i didn't really know what was happening back then, because i was very young... For sure would be an amazing period. Many bands, many great releases, may live shows! Death metal was everywhere, it was mainstream! Some bands split-up, other changed their style, media and labels didn't had the same interesting as first and the death metal became an underground music and for few. I am talking for old school death metal because through the years brutal death metal and gore/grind bands make their appearance and gained their audience. The last years there is a revival, a new wave let's say, for old-school material and i am really happy i am in it!

5. How would you describe ABYSSUS as a whole?

Abyssus is a band playing music to have a good time and enjoy every moment. We play music as we want to listen it as fans, full of passion and love. When these things will fade, Abyssus will step aside...

6. Do you have serious opportunities for live shows in Athens? What are the most memorable shows that you played?

Actually yes, we have played many live shows the previous year but now we have a very difficult schedule due to the recordings. If there is a live show i have to choose, for me is memorable the live show we've played for greek death/grind scene fest at Salonica City and the Brutality Over Sanity Fest where we have been an opening act for DEFEATED SANITY.

7. Pick a song from your repertoire, that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it.

Most of my songs are talking for social problems, oppression and war, although these are not common death metal lyrics. From the songs which are available to be listened i would choose "Summon The Dead". We have been offered so much on this beautiful  planet and we exploit and destroy, a foolish way, almost everything. The end is near and will be cruel...

8. What music format do you prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or cassettes? Do you think it is really good to release one album in these three mentioned formats?

Cd is the most easy used, you can play it on your computer even when you work. I really like bands releasing their stuff on vinyl and tapes! i really appreciate it! i think that the last years many people return to those cult formats and for me it is totally respected and cool!

9. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick
music?

Honestly? the only thing i used to do except from heavy metal is watching football and playing football manager! i was a semi-professional footballer but i had a bad knee injury so i had to stop it, but that forced me to give all my passion to metal!

10. OK, please define death metal with your own words, and if death metal was a beer, which one would it be?

As Heavy Metal itself, Death metal is a way of life and a shelter to escape the daily routine and problems! many feelings truly delivered through passion and fury! If Death metal was a beer? i would choose  the french (or belgian?) one  called "du demon"! 12% alcohol!! pure hell on your tankard!!

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