Aborym, one of the top extreme bands in the current scene, launched last year Dirty, a compendium of power electronics mixed with extreme metal. A notable work of this veteran band. The upcoming April its gonna be 15 years ago since the tremendous “Kali Yuga Bizarre”, and on each album, Aborym has made a tour de force aesthetically, stylistically and musically, pushing the limits of his initial black metal to new territories of experimentation. Mr Fabban, the mastermind behind Aborym, kindly answered Growl’s questionnaire…
Last Aborym’s album is called Dirty, so the first question is quite obvious: What is dirty around Aborym?
Fabban: We’re living in a time when a lot of people are looking around and seeing that the climate has changed so much over the last years. People, especially the young generation is not happy. Most of them are angry, disappointed against the system and the modern society, the politics, the TVs..I would say that’s why we invented the myth of religion and God to try and come to terms with the fact that we are mortal and we all have lost of problems to face every fucking day. Alcohol, drugs, sex and one could even argue culture itself, are all things done to distract form being reminded about our own problems. My only great inspiration, what actually pushed me to write lyrics like that, is the everyday life, people’s delusion and their my daily careful study on the people I meet everyday…it’s exactly a cross-section of the modern society. Everything that surrounds us is a huge container of shit and piss and this fucking planet is falling apart. I see it this way …
The artwok of Dirty is dominated by the yellow color, a color psycologically related to light, happiness, sunshine…in contrast to the name of the album. This has been conceived in purposely?
I arranged it like this to represent the decadence of perfection. A ultra modern city can be considered as a symbol of civilization, a symbol of wealth and modernity, luxury, sex, money.I thought about flipping this image. Everything we build is somehow destined to sink. Everything goes the other way around.
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Let’s talk about the creative process behind Dirty. Has been followed the same patterns as the previous albums? Can you describe the way you work?
We’ve spent many months on the arrangements and details for all the “Dirty” songs, while we were mixing, and unfortunately we had to remove quite a lot of things to avoid overloading the dynamics and frequencies. We have worked with surgical precision on the sounds, samples, effects, arrangements .. It has been a really hard work, but for me it is absolutely very rewarding and crucial to the songs on this album … Mixing “Dirty” took away also the mental and physical health .. It was one of the most complex mixes that I had witnessed in the past 15 years. Moreover, in post-production,after the mixing after we carried on with our sound engineer Emiliano Natali, we have entrusted the album to Marc Urselli of the Eastside Sound Studios in New York and to D.Loop (ex Kebabtraume, now in Limbo / Kirlian Camera) for the industrial / electro part. We wanted the top in the process of mixing and post-production, and we got it, even though it was really fucking hard… That’s what our music is about at the end of the day. You don’t get into the music business because you want to make money. You get into the music business, because you have a passion to make music and to create art. And that includes details, quality, lots of passion for the sounds and arrangementes and that includes time we have to spend in studio in order to care about lots of things as far regard the mixing of different frequencies, it includes everything and everyone…We are not interested in releasing lots of album that are carbon copies of the previous ones or simply uninspired.
Aborym is a project in which we try to give our best as musicians and we try everytime to set a new standard in what we are doing. We played in Aborym style. That’s it. We’ve spent many months on the arrangements and details for all the “Dirty” songs, while we were mixing, and unfortunately we had to remove quite a lot of things to avoid overloading the dynamics and frequencies. We have worked with surgical precision on the sounds, samples, effects, arrangements .. It has been a really hard work, but for me it is absoolutely very rewarding and crucial to the songs on this album … Mixing “Dirty” took away also the mental and physical health .. It was one of the most complex mixes that I had witnessed in the past 15 years. Moreover, in post-production,after the mixing after we carried on with our sound engineer Emiliano Natali, we have entrusted the album to Marc Urselli of the Eastside Sound Studios in New York and to D.Loop (ex Kebabtraume, now in Limbo / Kirlian Camera) for the industrial / electro part. We wanted the top in the process of mixing and post-production, and we got it.
Dirty is your 6th full lenght. Always in constant evolution, always nonconformists. Where you place Aborym in the current scene? Is still a Black Metal band?
I do not consider Aborym as a black metal band. Aborym is an industrial band. Our music is not just about the song, or the mix of riffs..It’s about the quality and resolution of the audio as well, it’s about the feeling you get while you are listening to it. And the way that music is presented is part of the context of the Aborym way to create this fucked up music…I’ve absolutely no idea what we were going for. We literally started to make music and we didn’t think about what we wanted to do. We didn’t intellectualize it at all. It was effortless. It wasn’t self-conscious. No decisions were made about what direction to go in. The album began to have a feeling of shape and style all on its own. It’s the more schizoid, dynamic and modern Aborym album. The most direct & up-in-you-face, but also the most elegant and refined.
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How has received the audience your new album Dirty?
Pretty good actually.. our fan base simply love it as well as lots of journalists and friends.. “Dirty” has been chosed as best album of 2013 in many magazine and webzines and it has been nominated as best industrial metal album in the Metal Storm awards.. I cannot ask for more..
Aborym has proudly celebrated his 20th anniversaire. What are the major achievements so far?
Major achievement? Still playing the music we love after so many years, with a growing passion and strenght…We always reinvented our music, without caring about everything and everyone, sending to hell all the cliches and market rules and all the bullshit that are slowly killing the music.
Do you spend 100% of your time at Aborym or are you involved in side projects at this moment?
Yes. Aborym only. I don’t have so much time and energy to play with other bands.. I’m collaborating with Sasrof and Diabolicum, then I’m workin’ on a new project togheter with mr. Kelly Bogues from Texas.. no more..
What do you expect in 2014?
I’m gonna get married, I’ve moved house and I’m expecting more and more.. I want to write a new album… That’s my first goal for 2014 actually..
Psychogrotesque is Aborym’s previous album, what are the major differences in terms of music and lyrics?
I still love that album, which is one of the most innovative and experimental in our career and is the first record we did with Paolo Pieri playing guitars. It’s much darker and it’s much more heavy. Move away from the sensibilities of the previous albums like “Generator” or “With no human intervention”. I guess the dark element has been replaced by more of a metal and electronic experimental element. Still, recognisably Aborym, but just, you know, a further stage in the evolvement and the development of the band. I mean, we’ve never been interested in repeating ourselves. And every time the fans think they know how to categorise us, we take great divides and great pride in disappointing them… or not. Or surprising them, or however they look at it. Some people like it, some people don’t.
Personally I really love “Psychogrotesque” album… When I wrote Psychogrotesque story, from which the lyrics for this album have been extrapolated, I had in mind to realize a disc that was similar to a film: with a plot, an evolution, a schizophrenic swing of times in different kinds of environment. I wanted an album that was similar to a movie, with film features similar to Lynch’s dreamlike cinema, for example. It wasn’t easy at all because my goal and Hell:IO:Kabbalus’ one, was to tell a story through music, but with no images. It has been a sort of challenge, but I think we fully hit the target. I’m 33 years old and for me it’s important to talk about more interesting things, about universal themes that are not the same old usual crap for black metal kids like God, Satan, war and death…Psychogrothesque is a story that hides universal themes, something that concerns everyone. It talks about men, his bright and dark sides, it talks about his total sterility in front of the system, in front of society, a society that no longer includes human thinking but that embraces hordes of psychopathic clones, pathological narcissists, empty bodies, non-men or half-men, sociopaths from every cultural background. It talks about madness. It talks about the existence of these zombies, that is completely absorbed by a creature who first swallows them ,to spit out then just a stinky liquid. Our system is designed to murder thinking minds. It’s designed to channel them in unities of measurement with no logic at all:business, money, success, hedonism, craving for fame and visibility in any possible way.
Psychogrotesque is the story of a man ( a human being) who meets the madness in the moment where he finds himself alone in a mental hospital (the world). He gets crazy because he’s alone with himself and he has to face himself. He sees himself in the mirror and sees a fly, a horrible creature, attracted by filth, garbage, by dirty things. People today are not able to be alone, they just can’t recognize themselves, although they know that they will be judged not according to what they really are, but for the picture of themselves they will give to the world. They dramatize every single movement, every single behaviour: they have to be accepted by the others. They believe it so much that at the end they convince themselves to be something they are not and that they never will be, turning their lives into a “mise en scene”. In this society prevails the image to the “self”. The myth of image, the myth of youth, the myth of success: a society with false myths that brings to the total dissociation of the real nature of mankind. I even included a part of the VI Chants of the Chants of Maldoror, just to exacerbate the concept of non-humans through dizziness, kinetic power, violence and “animalization”. I met so many deranged persons in my life. The world is full of many mr. Nobody.
Describe with one word your albums please:
Kaly Yuga Bizarre / heroine
Fire Walk with Us / cocaine
With No Human Intervention / mdma+speedballing
Generator / speed
Psychogrotesque / instability
Dirty / top-notch hungover
What sounds in your current playlist nowadays? Could you recommend please some unsigned bands from your country to watch out?
I’m currently listening to the “Hesitation marks” by Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Mad Season’s “Above”, the new album by Alice in Chains which is incredible, Hanoi Rocks’s ”Two steps from the move”..W.A.S.P. “Inside The Electric Circus”.. I suggest you kids to listen to a band called Assaulter.. thrash metal from my home town… Great band!