With Wacken XXX looming up to stomp its big metal footprint on Germany again this summer, we’re taking a look at a bunch of the bands who are hitting its iconic stages for the first time. First up – Aborym! Fab (vocals, synth, programming) and Stefano (synth, keyboards) were tasked with answering our questions…
Fab: Three quarters of us are from Rome, Italy. Our bass player is from Milan and the keyboard player comes from the south of Italy.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Fab: It’s the name of a demon actually, even if it doesn’t really matter.
Describe your music. Who are your musical influences?
Fab: Filthy and brutish industrial rock metal, influenced by electronic music, noise, techno… oozing with sex, dark, weird themes. The main purpose was to create textures and spaces that had some sort of acoustic element that could be mixed with more synthetic sounds. I loved morphing the two worlds together and tried to create these sonic environments which I call Industrial music. I grew up in the era of digital recording and I started making records in the early ’90s. Basically, Pro Tools had just come out and the early generations of recording software were available. They were affordable to me in a way that analogue technology was not. So, I learned my trade, so to speak, in the digital domain. I think I got pretty skilled at making records sound good within that domain. If you put me in an analogue recording studio, I wouldn’t have a clue of what to do, and that’s the truth. And I do go into analogue studios with almost all my records to do the main performances.
Stefano: Aborym’s music is constantly evolving. The members of this line-up have different musical influences: from classic rock to techno, from progressive to experimental electronic music, from industrial to jazz. Aborym has never adhered to a predefined musical genre and it is enough to listen to the discography to realize it.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Fab: Some lyrics are parts of my deep thoughts, they are excerpts of my life. Very bad periods I was trying to survive surrounded by lots of problems, alcohol, seclusion and a very bad mood. “Precarious” is one of those. I also wrote about the feelings like missing something you once cherished, the dreams fade away into nothingness, leaving only a faint memory of what once was considered perfection. But every so often, they come back, without warning.
I wrote about the feeling when you are tortured by memories, dreams of the love. Not wanting to forget, but knowing that if you do not forget, do not let go, you’ll go insane wanting them. Also, about the dreams turned into nightmares, love forsaken, betrayed. All the dreams have gone wrong… stuff like that.
Fab: We try to enjoy the time we spend on stage, trying to combine ourselves with the music and its energy. Our live set is sometimes violent and harsh, in other moments it’s more dark and sad, in other moments it’s weird. We played lots of gigs in 2018. We love to play live shows.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Fab: To see a girl shitting hard in the backstage. Can’t remember where and when!
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Fab: Our last album SHIFTING.negative.
Other than Wacken, what are your plans for 2019?
Fab: We’re writing a new record, which will be produced by Keith Hillebrandt (Nine Inch Nails, U2, David Bowie) and Marc Urselli (Mike Patton, Lou Reed, U2, Elton John, Foo fighters…). Hectic times here, but will take a break just for the gig at Wacken.
Stefano: The Wacken Open Air is the only live show scheduled for 2019. We have been working for months on the pre-production of the new album. We are recording the songs to be analysed with our producers and our sound engineers and we will enter into the studio at the end of the year for the final recordings. In 2020 you can listen to the new Aborym, a further step forward in terms of composition and sound for the band!
What are you most looking forward to at Wacken this year?
Fab: To make a great performance on stage in front of a great crowd. Would love to see and meet Tesseract.