Abazagorath Post 3

Chart for me the progression of Abazagorath. Have you improved as instrumentalists over the years, or improved in any way (in your eyes) as songwriters or musicians with the ability to channel and/or capture the “ideal” sound you have in your minds for your band? Are you coming closer to that ideal? Has Abazagorath’s sound or style changed since your last release in any way that reflects a new preoccupation, or a changed view of black metal’s potential? What are the main themes of Abazagorath and main inspirations outside of antichristian sentiment? How does Abazagorath satisfy you? What does it mean to you in your own life? What specific emotions, beliefs, or convictions do you think your band reflects? In your bio it says that Abazagorath “create the ultimate expression of death” – explain this to us, what it means to you…

I don’t see any one of us as the sort of guys who feel like playing our instruments for eight hours a day or strive to be recognized as musical geniuses, but as we have been doing this for nine years, a certain degree or progression or improvement has to be expected. From my own experience, I find that through the years I have become more “comfortable” with the bass and find myself trying out new things or trying stuff I could not pull off in the past. I have always held a certain “philosophy” behind song writing. I like tempo changes and transitions to build up different moods and I think there needs to be a certain natural flow to how all the riffs come together and how the melodies float over them.

I don’t think we have reached the “ideal” sound or style just yet, but I think that any active musician would say that it is just an ongoing process filled with development and experimentation. I do think we have made some really big strides over the years, however. While I think there are some elements that have remained a constant in our music, I think every release definitely has its own signature sound and feeling. My attraction to Black Metal has always been based on the combination of the raw primitive aggression with the melodic and atmospheric elements that come together to create such a cold and dark listening experience. That’s what I wanted to convey with ABAZAGORATH when we started out, and that’s the path we still tread…. The anti-christian / anti-religion themes form the greater part of our “message,” but there are other concepts like War, Hate and Depression being expressed.

ABAZAGORATH is a means for me to externalize what I feel and spread it upon the world like a plague… Over the years I thought about leaving the band, but it is really hard to imagine what my life would be like without it. I see ABAZAGORATH as the most important thing in my life right now. Like I said a few sentences ago, this band is a means for me to “unleash” the darkness within me – the depression, anger, isolation, opposition to the existing religious / social order, etc. Black Metal is Death Worship, and this is what we want to transmit…. Nothing more, nothing less….

Your new album, “Sacraments of the Final Atrocity” is, I believe, a massive step forward both for your band and the USBM scene as a whole…to be honest it is probably the most complex, epic, well-written album from an American black metal band I have ever heard. You actually say on your website that “this release is destined to leave a permanent scar across the Black Metal scene and set the bar higher for the Extreme Metal scene as a whole.”

Self-promotion aside, what directly motivated you to put so much work into your new album? What kept you going this entire time – what beliefs, what desires? Did you feel that Abazagorath had something to prove? Is this new album a response, in any way, to the criticism on the part of Europeans that American black metal bands can not match Continental songwriting skills or dark melodicism? Do you ever personally see scene divisions along nationalistic lines or is this just a false construction on the part of critics? Congratulations on the album, by the way…