Sunday, March 5, 2017

Aversio Humanitatis Interview

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

We finished the production of 'Longing for the Untold' at the beginning of this year 2017, and now we're preparing ourselves for some live dates we have in Spain and Portugal very soon. Also, I'm already working on new songs, our objective is to release a full album as soon as possible, probably during 2018.

2.You have a new ep coming out in March, 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?

Roughly, I'd say it's just Black Metal with traces of Death and even Doom in some passages. It sounds otherwordly, oppresive, distressing, destructive... It's hard to describe music with words, there's always something you miss, you definitely should stop reading and start listening!.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Our lyrics are shaped with personal experiences and views about our existence as individuals and the humanity as a whole, the death, the way we tend to destroy ourself and what surround us, humanity can be fascinating in its own mess.

We try to separate ourselves from the obvious and most common, that includes our music, lyrics, graphics and band's image. There's no better way to distance yourself from the rest than just releasing your own thoughts and concerns, that are always changing and evolving during your life.

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

The most intuitive and literal translation would be “Aversion to humanity”, but actually the meaning of 'Aversio' that we like to use is something like avoiding, or rejecting (the humanity). And in a more free interpretation, for us it represents abandoning humanity.

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

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

I don't think it would be practical for us to plan a tour at this moment, we're still a small band. If you go to places where nobody knows you, and play for 15 or 20 guys, you'll spend a lot of money and energies uselessly. Touring is expensive, and no matter how good you are, you also have to be popular enough to attract a decent amount of people to the concerts and make it viable.

However, we'll be giving some isolated gigs here and there during this year. Let's see what the future brings.

7.In 2015 you were part of a split with 'Primigenium', did you feel it was a huge honor to be on the same album as this legendary band?

I myself played (live) for Primigenium during four years, so I have big respect and affection for that band, the person behind it (Smaug) and for the rest of comrades with whom I shared stage.

During all those years both bands were very close (we shared rehearsal room, Smaug has also played live for us in some ocassion, I produced their last EP, etc.), so the idea of making a split together just came up naturally. As you said, it was an honor for us to share a work with such a classic band, and they also wanted to share an album with a rising band like us. It was an union two bands that has shared a lot and respect each other.

8.Currently the band is signed to BlackSeed Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's a very well known label here in the peninsula and also has a name in the european Black and Death underground circuit. It's not a big label, but it has built a very good reputation over the years (it's active since 2003), releasing some gems like the Beastcraft albums, Tenebrae In Perpetuum's Onori Funebri Rituali, Beelzeb's Misanthrope's Aurora, most of Primigenium albums (Intolerance, Faith Through Anguish, For the Children...) and some Decayed albums, etc.

More recently, it has been releasing some other bands like Balmog, Graveyard, InThyFlesh and us, among others. It has also some releases I dislike. In any case, I consider it a very competent label and the best one from Spain.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

To be honest, I don't know. We always has been a small band and we still are, so we don't usually get much feedback. There are some people that follows our work and has written to us, asked for our albums from different places arround the world, the usual things..., so I'd say the feedback has been little but very positive. With our upcoming EP it seems that there is a lot more expectation than the usual, so we're excited with this new work.

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

There's always a lot going on, we're all very active and participate in projects of different nature, from raw black metal bands, to recording drums for a hip hop artist or contributing with all kind of fucked up avant-garde bands, anything you can imagine. There's a lot of musical concerns among the members of this band, but we are very clear on what Aversio Humanitatis is and keep it separated and impenetrable from the rest.

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

We'll keep doing the same... but better. That has been always our philosophy and things has taken its own path. If you listen to all our discography, since the first album from 2011 to our upcoming EP in 2017, you'll feel it's always the same band, the same feeling and intention, some changes have occurred, but it's basically the same thing getting better and more complex with every release. I think our style is broad enough to let us try different approaches to our inner demons, musically and lyrically, so we are not limited in any way, except that we stay in the darkest side of humanity and life.

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

I mainly listen to Black Metal, the most fucked up and opressive the better, but this include a wide range of bands and doesn't mean I listen to the same shit always. BM is a world in itself and I manage to find a proper band for every moment in my life. I Also listen to some Death Metal acts, some classical, jazz and rock too.
Lately I've been listening to Death Fetishist, Behexen, Blood of Kingu, Oasis, and my own bands, to put some examples. I also run a recording studio, so I spend a lot of time listening to the music I have to mix or whatever.

It's hard for me to say which bands influence my compositions (musically) , because I listen to so many acts and unconsciously pick up a what I like and mix everything up, but I'd name some bands I've been listening for some of the recent years like Infestus, Reverence, Lorn, Blut Aus Nord, Plebeian Grandstand, Behexen, Inferno, etc... won't name the classics because they're always implied. However, I don't think we sound like any of those bands and I don't even like their whole discography. On the contrary, we're never compared to them, and actually I constantly read comparissons with bands I don't even know or like.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
No.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interest in the band.

S.D.

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