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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Interview: Absalem


In 2016, a new Spanish metal band called Absalem was formed. On November 24th, they released their debut album called Chaosvolution. DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Absalem about Chaosvolution, among other things.

Hey, congratulations with your debut album, Chaosvolution. It's really great!

Hello there! and thank you!

Your sound is quite unique, how would you describe it yourself to someone who doesn't know you yet?

We don’t know exactly how to describe it… Usually for the death metal fans we’re considered as a progressive band and for progressive guys we’re considered as a death metal band… So, maybe, our sound is some kind of mixture of melodic death metal and progressive music.

How does it feel to have your debut album released?

It feels great! For some of us it was the first time we recorded ever, and it’s awesome to be able to hear yourself in Spotify and think “oh! we are that band!”.

You formed in 2016 and already released your debut full-length in November 2017, which is pretty fast I think. There must be plenty of inspiration, where do you get inspiration from?

Each band member had their own inspiration, and trust me, it’s fairly different from one member to another. Summing up I could say we were inspired by bands like Korn, Deftones, Foo FIghters, Death, Dream Theater, The Agonist, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Jinjer, Amaranthe or Gojira.

How did the writing/recording process of Chaosvolution go?

We recorded the whole album ourselves, in our rehearsal place and with our own means. The one responsible for our recording, mastering and producing was our guitar player Miguel and it’s thanks to him that we managed to get a decent quality sound in the CD. Finally we took our time for recording and each one tried their best and worked really hard in each recording session and for that we are really proud of our CD and ourselves.

The artwork, which is created by Rubén Manchado López, is really great! What is the story behind it and what made Rubén the perfect one for this job?

Rubén is an old friend of some members of the band, he’s not only an outstanding artist but he’s also a very talented musician. When he heard our songs for the first time he liked them so much that he offered to make the artwork for us, and, indeed, he did a great job.

You signed to Art Gates Records for releasing Chaosvolution. What makes Art Gates Records the best label for you at this moment?

They’re a dedicated metal label and thanks to them we are learning some valuable lessons about how to work properly in music.

You recently parted ways with your guitarist Álvaro Fonseca. How do you feel about that situation?

It is sad, he’s a very close friend of us and parting our musical ways with someone like him is not easy. Out of this musical context we are still being close friends and of course we wish him the best on his life.

Does that mean Absalem is going to continue as a quartet or is there going to be a replacement?

Indeed, we need a replacement and in fact we’re searching for it.

At this moment you haven't announced any shows, can we expect some shows soon? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?

Right now our priority is to find a new guitarist and prepare the setlist with him or her, then we will search new shows in our country. Touring in Europe will have to wait, we’re still a small band and we don’t have the means to do that, but as soon as we get them it will be a pleasure to play in The Netherlands.

Do you already have any plans for new material or not?

We have some ideas for a new album but, as we said, right now we have other priorities.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to our readers?

Thank you for the interview, and we’d like to say hi to all the readers!

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