UK black metal band Abgott played at the Hammerfest 2010 and recently played at the Deathfest 2010 (that featured bands such as Brujeria, Immolation and Singapore’s very own Wormrot). Clarence recently got the chance to talk to Agamoth, vocalist and guitarist of Abgott.
I am so sorry it took so long, but I am busy recording music with my other project “Headspin” (thrash metal from Norway, it is formed by Obsidian C. on guitar, Wizzak on bass and Vyl on drums from Keep of Kalessin and me as singer) and working on releases and sick sounds magazine (magazine for extreme metal guitarist, bassist and drummers)
First and foremost, could you give us a brief introduction on Abgott?
Sure, Abgott started in 1997 in Italy, but the project wasn’t working there so after recording a demo few splits and a debut album, I moved to London, in 2001, and here is where I found far more fortune, so I released 3 albums “Fizala”, “Artefact of Madness” and “Godfather in Black”, alongside with several compilations and lots of tours.
Abgott was previously based in Italy, but the band is now based in London. Were there any reasons for the change in location?
Well I wasn’t happy with the Italian scene and the over complicated difficulties I had to face even for doing a small show, without considering the high expensive prices to pay to play and all the terrible things promoters do put you through everytime I was trying to achieve something. Plus honestly Italy hasn’t got a scene at all, I saw bands coming and going in less than a week. It was a trend situation down there and I cannot stand people following trends. Metal is a way of living not a trend!!!!
London has far more metal attitude then any other country on this planet! Plus I grow up with NWOBHM, so of course I wanted to be part of it and live it and just be in it!
|Agamoth – Abgott|
What was the scene like in Italy in the 90s when you first formed Abgott? Was it hard to find a decent metal label over there?
As I said it was really horrible, and still it is! Metal labels in Italy? Hahaha is like trying to find an oasis in the Sahara… Hahahaha sorry, but Italy is considered the third world of metal music.
Let’s talk a bit about the band’s lyrical contents. With song titles like “Horror” and “Sentenced to Suffer” on the album “Godfather in Black”, where do you draw your inspirations from?
Well lyrically I’ve changed subject every album I did record, with the first album I was more into the traditional vein of black metal, so lyrics were around the mith of Vlad the impaler the countess of bathory the ancient gods, the persistent shadow of death. Then with Fizala, I released a concept album on the mith of chthulu and its pantheon from the point of view of Aleister Crowley… So the whole album is a musical translation of the necronomicon. With the Artefact of Madness I explicitly spoke of inner sickness, sexual distortion, mental issues and the destructive power of human beings. With Godfather in Black instead I concentrated on the subject of mafia, not in metal way, but in a proper lived way, obviously from the point of view of the killer not the victim. The inspiration came from the over abused term of black metal mafia, sorry they don’t even know what mafia is! Tracks like horror are inspired by the Italian band goblin, they used to play all the sound tracks of my favourite horror movies, so I wanted to pay tribute to them, with the track sentenced to suffer I point out to one of my ex that has been the most utter wicked person ever and really got on my nerves, so I sentenced her to be herself for ever, cause that way she will suffer forever hahahahaha!
Abgott played at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival this year. How the reception and what was the experience like?
Well it was amazing our first official UK festival a proper real to the core metal fest, I met Mille Petrozza /Kreator, one of my heroes… It was fantastic to be part of that! We had 2000 crazy people in front of our stage (it was the 3rd stage, quite small but really metal) and we managed to keep them there while Blind Guardian was playing main stage… So I was really happy of the achievement. That has been an experience hard to beat.
I happened to come across a video of the band playing an acoustic set on Bloodstock as well, was it the band’s idea or was it yours?
Hahahah noooooo that was Jeagermeister idea a very funny set, but well received and very popular after few mistakes from Abgott side hahahahaha, it was good fun and I loved it!
I recently had a listen to “Godfather in Black” and realized that it has a much cleaner and some thrash influenced riffs compared to “Artefact of Madness”, which I personally thought is a step up for the band. Anything that we can expect for the follow up to “Godfather in Black”?
Yes I wanted a more clear record for Abgott, not the usual messy black metal album, where u cannot hear the solos or the intricate part performed, that has taken ages to learn. So I stepped back to the roots of metal and recorded Godfather in Black as clean, as loud and as evil as I could. Highlighting all the guitar work bass vocals and drums madness. Next I don’t know it is too early to figure out what’s next, as we are right now still busy promoting godfather, but yes we started already composing for the following album….
What’s the plan for Abgott in 2010? Any plans of touring Asia?
Abgott 2010 is based on live shows as many as possible…we are doing any UK metal festival we got booked till next September, plus we planning 2 tours in UK and EU and eventually in USA, as we are releasing artefact and godfather under license with blood eagle records from Chicago, owned by Michael Eisenhower from Evil Incarnate. Asia is my personal dream, but unless we find a promoter ready to support us, it won’t be easy to achieve it! Though I am sure I will come along in Singapore as tourist next year, I think your country is amazing!
Any parting words for metal fans in Singapore?
Believe in the dream, if you feel the buzz for metal and you feel you want to live it and stand and support it, then don’t anything stop you going for it! Live the dream and work hard to realize it, because dreams do come true if you want them band enough!
Thank you once again for taking time off to do this email interview with us. The crew from Heavy Metal Tribune would like to wish you and the band success in the upcoming tour!
Hail to thee all brothers total support and endless respect to you all
©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune | Clarence Chong