Aborym is an industrial/experimental metal band formed in Taranto (Italy) in 1992 and based in Rome. Since its genesis, founder & frontman Fabban has always played the first fiddle, while rest of the line-up went through several transformations. The band’s early albums are considered as milestones of the industrial metal genre while Aborym itself established its position as a forward-thinking industrial band that never stood still. The follow up to 2013 “Dirty” was recorded with an all-new line-up consisting of founder Fabban, multi-instrumentalist Dan V, bassist & guitarist RG Narchost, guitarist Davide Tiso (ex-Ephel Duath, Gospel Of The Witches), keyboardist Stefano Angiulli and several guest musicians (including Sin Quirin of Ministry fame).
HMA: How was ‘SHIFTING.negative’ assembled?
Fabban: To some degree, the new record is a definitive jump into the industrial music on a very high level as far regard quality and creativity. It’s unfashionable, eye-popping, aggressive, unsafe music. It was exciting and fun to write it, and that was worth doing. The whole writing process, the pre-pro and the recording process were symbiotically connected with the experimentation, a certain technique behind the machines and the work in the studio, with the quality of sounds and details. I wanted to change as an artist over the years. One of my biggest challenge about ‘SHIFTING.negative’ is not letting down people that know the records intimately. My goal is to provide a different perspective on things. I’m trying to strike a balance between all of these things but I’m sure I want to create quality music for myself mainly and for a more receptive and intelligent audience and also to reach a wider audience. I decided to record the new album in different studios and with different sound engineers. The acoustic parts with Emiliano Natali at Fear No One studios, the electronics in my studio, the euro rack and modular synthesizers with Luciano Lamanna at Subsound studios, the mixing and post-production with Marc Urselli and our supervisor producer Guido Elmi at Eastside Sound in NYC.
HMA: What makes a great record?
Fabban: Freedom and artistic sincerity. Both ingredients can’t be found in the majority of bands out there. Everything sucks so much. I just see a toxic environment in the music business and I feel very lucky to be a big fish in a small pond. What’s important is that everything I do be interesting and comes from a totally free approach and attitude and it comes with sincerity. You can lie to anyone else in the music business, but you can’t lie to yourself.
HMA: Can you tell me about the lyrics of the album?
Fabban: Some lyrics are parts of my deep thoughts, they are excerpts of my life. Very bad periods and I was trying to survive, I was surrounded by lots of problems like alcohol, seclusion and very bad moods. ‘Precarious’ is one of those… I also wrote about the feeling 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 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, betrayed… All the dreams have gone wrong… stuff like that.
HMA: Where do you find your inspirations?
Fabban: I try to get inspired by life, and sometimes life can be good and can be weird. I try to capture inputs from people and about the fact that people are unhappy and disappointed. If we’re not happy, we measure our unhappiness against the fact that we have a finite amount of time on earth in order to be happy. We invented the myth of religion and God and other fairy tales about the afterlife. That’s not the only thing we’ve done in order to get comfortable. Alcohol, drugs and one could even argue culture itself, are all things done to distract from being reminded about our own mortality. The gift of life is a wonderful thing, but it’s also a tragic thing for many many people. I think the planet is ruled by very few people and I see two big containers: one for class A people, one for class B people. I think there is a plan for the world devised by an American, British, Russian, European and Middle East financial elite of immense wealth and power, with centuries-old historical roots. This oligarchy controls the politicians, the courts, the educational institutions, the food, the natural resources, the foreign policies, the economies and the money of most nations. And, they control the major media, which is why we know nothing about them. Modern democracy, as we know it, is less than 250 years old. For most of history, except for this brief period, the world has been ruled by powerful elites who wielded absolute power over their societies, controlled the wealth and resources of their known world, and dominated their people by force. Those people cabal plans to restore this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. So, I wrote some lyrics about that… ‘Decadence in a Nutshell’ for instance and for ‘You can’t handle the truth’.
HMA: What are your thoughts on the current music trends?
Fabban: I see so many childish clowns around, using make-up, dressed in ridiculous outfits. The music they play is on another level and it seems that’s not the overriding factor. I’m afraid this trend is growing since people do not pay attention to the quality of the music first. People get excited by watching a carnival act on stage instead of letting good music take them somewhere. That’s very sad.
HMA: Can you describe the process for your album artwork?
Fabban: I usually work as a digital designer and I always do my own stuff on a computer. This time I wanted something coming from real materials and to do that I realized it would be better to work with a real professional. artist. David Cragnè was hired to create the ‘Shifting.negative’ concept artwork. There’s an interesting short documentary about the creation of the artwork which is called ‘Shifted.negative’.art with some footages coming from the work-in-progress times till the final result, plus an interview with this awesome artist.
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