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Aborted has always managed to impress and I vividly remember their albums coming out since ‘Global Flatline’ in 2012. ‘Terrorvision’, the new album released a couple of months ago is steadily claiming its place in my end-year list and I just had to ask vocalist Sven de Caluwe some burning questions regarding the new record and the new influences!

By: Job | Archive under death metal / grindcore

Hi! Congratulations on the release of 'Terrorvision'! It's an incredible result, one that you should be proud of! Before we start off: how have you been?
Things have been good, man! We have been very busy the past months touring Australia and New Zealand as well as preparing everything for the album release and the upcoming hell over Europe tour. We took three full days to properly prepare at Iduna in Drachten so we can put together a great show for everyone.

It's been a long journey up to now for Aborted, one that will probably have tons of good memories and low points. When it comes to the previous album cycle for 'Retrogore', what were some moments that will stay with you for a long time?
I think the touring cycle for ‘Retrogore’ in itself was worth remembering. We did some awesome things. In Europe we went on tour with the mighty Kreator, probably the biggest tour we have ever done. Not to mention Kreator were great and super awesome people. In the US we did our first real headline tour and it turned out way better than expected. It was a great line up and the turnouts were awesome so we couldn't be happier. Also, this most recent tour in Australia was a true pleasure with our good friends from The Black Dahlia Murder.

On to 'Terrorvision' then – the new album packs an insane punch but I've also noticed a departure from your trademark sound somewhat. I'm really anxious to know how a technical album like this comes to life. How do songs get written?
It sort of got written the same way ‘Retrogore’ or ‘Necrotic Manifesto’ got written. We were pickier on touring with ‘Retrogore’ since I had less time available for touring than on previous records, which left much more time for writing as well. A big chunk of the material was actually written by Ken and we put the whole record together as a team. Lots of songs went through several feedback rounds to get to the way they are now. I think we were also way more picky on a lot of stuff than in the past and to be honest we even have more songs that we recorded and are super happy about but couldn't put on the record since it would have just been too long.

You've always been incredibly heavy, but some of that intensity is diversified into different elements now. I'm hearing more thrashy influences in 'Deep Red', more black metal influences in the neo-classical leads and also on 'Vespertine Decay' and there's more intricacies to be found in the lead work this time around (with downright 80s twin solos!). Were all of these additions to your trademark sound a conscious decision, or did they happen naturally?
I think they happened quite naturally. We took a good portion of the time to actually first discuss what direction we wanted to go into with ‘Terorrvision’ and I think that ‘Retrogore’ was more or less the gateway record for all these elements. The more ambient parts; doom parts and black metal tinged parts. So it sort of went naturally but also consciously since we did take the time and figure out “what do we want to do here and what direction do we want to take?” We could go faster or more technical or more atmosphere or whatever and I think we sort of made a mix of all those things to get to the final result you have in your hands now. It still had to sound like Aborted clearly, but at the same time we wanted to broaden the sound without losing the core values of the band which is obviously intensity, brutality and all that good stuff.

Songs like 'Squalor Opera', 'Visceral Despondency' and 'A Whore d'Oeuvre Macabre' might be among your heaviest on this album. Does it ever get tiring writing such heavy and technical pieces or do you find yourself trying to challenge yourself and become more and more technical with each album?
I don't think we are trying to be more technical or anything, technicality honestly means nothing to me. Its all about writing good songs and good records; sometimes some tech shit fits and sounds good; sometimes overdoing just makes it sound like a retard throwing his instrument down a flight of stairs. So for us it’s more about the feeling and energy you get from a song, try to make it memorable and have a few hooks rather than an exercise or display of “hey look what I can do”, you know?

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'Terrorvision' also marks the first album with bassist Stefano. How has it been working with a new force in the band?
Well to be frank he joined right for the touring cycle of ‘Retrogore’ and was on our ‘Bathos’ EP, so for us it wasn't that new anymore, haha. But Stefano is great; hes a great musician and an awesome person; very driven and motivated and wants to get the best out of himself and the band. It was a very welcome breath of fresh air to have him join the band after everything we had to endure with JB and for sure threw a lot of motivation back into the band in general when you don't have to worry where your bass player is or if he can even play the songs.

Are there specific lyrical themes on the album this time around?
Well, I think it’s definitely the album with the most social criticism on there because I got quite fed up with a lot of the things happening in the last couple of years. The over importance vanity gets in our lives the more we go on; everyone is looking for their 5 minutes of fame. The overly sensitive white knight and SJW movements which often are there to cry and complain about stuff that really nearly no one is getting offended by. In a way it’s like we are living in a time that, granted, should be the most awesome time to be alive since we have all this access to so many things and so many possibilities but it seems to get lost a bit by a group of people who are so bored with their lives that they have to make these kind of things the biggest problems in their life while there are actual issues that could get some of that good ole SJW love, if you know what I mean.

What can you tell me about the gear used on the album?
Well, we split the band in two for this one. The drums and vocals were tracked at Kohlekeller studio so I spent a good two and half weeks with Ken over there. Ken uses Sakae drums and Zildjan cymbals. The guitars and bass were done at Mendel's home studio and they tracked using their Kemper amps and their Carrillion guitars and Stefano uses Valenti basses.
After that Kohle did his magic and re amped everything though I believe all leads are just our Kemper tones. I just sing in a tube of shit and there you go.

You guys are currently embarked on an Australian leg of the tour and are returning to Europe for the Hell Over Europe tour with Cryptopsy and Benighted in November. Are there any moments you particularly look forward to on these kinds of tours?
Of course, from the hanging out to hitting the stage every night; those are the best times. We've been fortunate enough to be on tour in Australia with some really good friends and then had the luck to be able to pick a lineup of not only killer bands for Hell over Europe but also some our best friends so we are beyond excited to get this rolling!

Are there specific songs or moments the fans can expect this time around?
Since it is the ‘TerrorVision’ tour, there will be quite some Terrorvision tracks but also a gathering of some of our and fan favourite tracks from most of the discography; I'd say half the set is new stuff and half the set is old stuff. We play an hour so I think you can also watch me die on stage since this new stuff is quite demanding, hahaha!

When it comes to playing live, do you have songs you like playing more than others?
Of course there are always going to be songs you prefer playing live over others, and thats a personal thing for every person in the band, for me I think ‘Hecatomb’, ‘Necrotic manifesto’, ‘Cadaverous banquet’ and ‘Origin of disease’ are some of my personal favourites.

And when it comes to 'Terrorvision', what's your personal favorite?
Tough call but ask me again after this tour, hahah. For now, I would say ‘Terrorvision’, ‘Visceral Despondency’ and ‘A whore d'oeuvre macabre’.

Thank you so much for your time! Is there anything else you want to say to our readers in closing?
Support bands and go to shows, buy your tickets in advance as it really helps more than you think. Hope you guys are all digging the terror vision and hopefully see you all on tour!!!!!

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