Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Abusiveness Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Hello, here Vizun. Nothing happened what could be especially interesting...just from the deepest forests Czernoboh has emerged. Besides we live our simple life. Mainly we focused on our other bands and recorded new materials with them. Churches have been burning since recording session and our treasury has been filling up with valuables since release of "BramyNawii" what makes us happy.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

As I'm writing these words we have October, so now I can judge by cool eye.For me the sound and music of new album is much more mighty than the previous one. I'm glad from the final version. Comparing to "Trioditis" and "Hybris" the sound of every instrument is more organic, so everything seems to be more natural and intensive. Music is still in our style developed in the last three albums - fast, 'La Chanson de Roland' and 'sad feet'(insiders know what I mean.)

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The main lyricist on "Bramy Nawii" is our beloved irreplaceable multi instrumentalist, bard, poet, singer and storyteller Kniaź Mścisław, so he should answer to this question but probably he's too great to give interviews. I suppose now he's walking between forests and mountains somewhere in the world, singing with accompaniment of gusle or waiting for dead souls when the gates of Nawia are opening. Lyrical theme of "Bramy Nawii" is quite difficult to explain in few words and of course I don't want to impose my own interpretation. Words are full of praise for our Slavic heritage. They are included in very poetic form and tell us about many forgotten patriotic values. Every poem refers to contemporariness but is strongly connected with our roots from the pre-christian times. Apart from Mścisław's lyrics the album contains poems such as "Żywe kamienie" written by Włodzimierz Wnuk (Polish writer, journalist, soldier of AK  and participant of Warsaw Uprising in 1944) and "Niezłomni" written by unknown author. These poems strongly fit to the whole concept of lyrical layer. The icing on the cake are motifs from "Księga Welesa" ("The book of Veles"; the text about religion and history of ancient Slavs) recited by Kniaź Varggoth from Nokturnal Mortum.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abusiveness'?

The term 'Abusiveness' perfectly fit to extreme music we play. Music and our beliefs are the inspiration for the name and vice-versa. I don't  know what's the point of view for other members of the band, but for me the name Abusiveness has quite aggressive meaning. It's like a middle finger  towards Christianity, Islam, ultra left-wingers, political correctness and other fucking things destroying our European heritage. Don't get me wrong - we are not a NSBM band; national spirit - yes (but Polish, not German) is of course close to us but not socialism. National socialism, communism are the ideologies that we despise.

5.The band has been around since 1991, what is it that keeps you  motivated to write heavy music after all of these years?

Simply we will never stop loving extreme kind of music and praise our Slavic heritage. That's all motivation, inspiration and reasons to  continue the existence of Abusiveness despite every difficulties. We strongly believe in our set of values what gives us power. Besides we like a lot of vodka and a joy of life which is associated with playing in a band such as Abusiveness or other metal horde.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Actually, it's difficult to judge which concerts were our best. Most gigs both bigger and smaller were quite good. I have a nice memories from open-air festivals such as Mercilless East fest in 2004 or Open Hell
fest in 2005. Nice for me was also Balkan tour 2010 (Abusiveness/Parricide) or Polish tour 2013 (Abusiveness/Blaze of Perdition) - I play with all of these bands, so the joy was double. Smaller gigs such as Pomerania Shall Burn in 2009 or Old temple fest in 2010 (where I played with my three bands Abusiveness/Deivos/Ulcer) were excellent too. Our stage performance? Just pure fucking metal till death. No corpse-paint, no strange costumes. Nails, bullets, fog, fire, pain, blood and sweat...or only guitars and drums because is much better to play on them.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

The basic plan is...that we don't have any touring or show plans. Nowadays we play gigs with Abusiveness quite rarely because of many reasons. For example Mścisław doesn't want to play gigs too often because sometimes he hates them or...hates them even more, although it happens that he likes to play when organizers give a good pay and a bowl full of grub. Lucass, the bassist is far away from our town and has his own world in a smoky Cracow.Gonthy, the second guitarist plays with us not too much; more than music he prefers to increase his muscle mass and a number of his family members so he probably has a lot of problems on his head. And I? - Most of gigs usually I play with my grind core band Parricide, so it's ok.

8.The new album is coming out on Arachnophobia Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

'Almighty Arachnophobia Records' is a small Polish label run by true enthusiast of excellent metal music. Check out his releases and see other informations here: http://arachnophobia.pl/Krzysztof, the boss of Arachnophobia is our greatest benefactor and savior of Lublin metal scene (he pays me a lot for adulation and advertisement of course). He likes almost every band where I play and usually wants to release them.
And now, seriously. Krzysztof has a great heart. After last year's car accident of Blaze of Perdition in Austria, where Sonnellion (the vocalist) and I were injured, and Mors (the bassist) lost his life, Krzysztof
helpedus thanks to his fundraising campaign for injured, for which I would like to thank him very much here.

9.On the new album you had some members from Blaze Of Perdition and Nokturnal Mortum doing some quest appearances, do you feel having these 2 members on some of the tracks made the album sound more powerful?

I think yes, or at least the album is more interesting.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music over the years by fans of black and pagan metal?

The feedback always was excellent. I think that over the long years we have gained staggering number of enthusiasts - three or maybe even five fans from all over the world!

11.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Blaze of Perdition, Deivos and Dira Mortis are finishing to record new albums. Soon we will finish the new material of Ulcer, so the next year will be full of our releases.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I've never thought about it, I don't know what to say about this topic.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Everything from the world of music (except shitty pseudo-music) had some influence on us, our musical personality and a process of creating our music. Of course mostly we have influences from black and death metal,but not only. I don't want to give examples, because there are so plenty great bands all over the world. What am I listening to nowadays? Everything what seems to me to be a great music. Not only metal, it can be every kind of music especially where drums are quite interesting forme;)

14.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

Paganism is a freedom from the imposed system of foreign religion. It's a joy of life without enslavement. Doesn't matter whether you worship  sacred places, holy trees, a piece of wood, moon or sun. It's freedom of choice from among variety of traditions of your land. You can express paganism in many ways - through your own art, by inspirations from ancient legends and beliefs, by maintaining traditions and memory of ancestors, by loving your own land. This topic is too wide to give the simple answer - paganism is a state of mind.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like all the ways to spend time amidst nature, exploring interesting or strange places, good literature...what else...I am a cat lover, these animals have a unique, unusual character.

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Actually, I have nothing to add...Slava Bohom!

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