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Abiotic Discusses New Album "Symbiosis" And Getting Signed With Metal Blade

Devastatingly brutal Florida newcomers Abiotic are gearing up for the release of debut full-length album "Symbiosis" on October 22nd via Metal Blade Records (reviewed here).

The band is currently out on tour with The Burial and Sea of Treachery, and during a brief break in the festivities I got the chance to chat up John Matos about the album and the band's meteoric rise into the Metal Blade ranks.

Check out the full interview below and read what John had to say about about the band's bassist getting injured in a mosh pit, releasing the EP and video that got Abiotic signed, and what's happening in the near future for the group.

xFiruath: Your bass player injured his hand awhile back. What happened there and is that all healed up now?

John: Yeah, thankfully that’s all healed up. Basically we were playing at a venue and things got kind of rowdy with the crowd. You know how some kids can get, instead of moshing with the other moshers they mosh with people who are trying to enjoy the show. It just so happened he got hit in the hand and it came out of the socket. Our merch guy popped it back into the socket and then we rushed him into the hospital. They told him he wouldn’t be able to play for two or three weeks. We decided it was better to head home from the tour and make sure he was all healed up. He’s way too much of our live sound. We don’t like to play without him so we gave him time to heal and then we played Summer Slaughter and he’s been 100% ever since.

xFiruath: After just releasing the one EP you guys got signed with Metal Blade. How did that end up happening?

John: We released our debut EP back in September of last year and we got a great response. It went viral I guess online and a lot of people were following us. Then in January of this year we dropped a music video for the single of our EP “Vermosapien.” That went viral as well and we got a really good response. It’s got like 125,000 views, which we’re really proud of. After the music video Metal Blade approached us. We got an email for them asking what we were up to and if we were ready to tour. It was a dream come true for all of us. We didn’t send a press kit or anything. We were dumbfounded when we got that email and they’ve been amazing ever since.

xFiruath: Your new album comes out next month. What’s different this time around from the EP?

John: In regards to the EP, it’s all the songs on the EP also on the record, but we did make some tweaks to it in the studio. There’s changes as far as the drumming goes and different guitar solos. Even the intro is different. We had Cameron Losch from Born of Osiris do a new intro for it. Production-wise too, it’s a whole different animal. I’m really happy with it, especially with the new songs we’ve got going on. So for people who have heard the EP I think they’ll love the revamped songs and the new stuff as well.

xFiruath: Are there plans to do a new music video along with the revamped material on the album?

John: Absolutely, we have some ideas under wraps right now that I can’t talk about, but we are definitely planning on releasing another music video. We should be shooting it hopefully in the next few months.

xFiruath: Where did the recording take place for the album?

John: We recorded at Sonic Assault Studio in Florida, it’s about two and half hours from our home town of Miami. It was the same engineers we recorded the EP with and we love working with those guys. We also worked with Alan Douches for mastering, and he’s legendary. With them working together with us it was an awesome process. I think we got a really awesome sound out of it.

xFiruath: You guys are heading out for a new tour soon, or did you leave for that already?

John: We are on tour right now with Sea of Treachery, Float Face Down, and The Burial. We’re on day number five right now and heading towards San Antonio.

xFiruath: On the album there’s a couple of creepy or atmospheric interludes like on “Metamorphilia” or on the beginning of “The Graze of Locusts.” Do you reproduce those sounds in the live setting, or does that get cut out to get right into the heavier parts?

John: We do reproduce it live. Our drummer has a sample pad along with his trigger so we get all the samples. If there’s an introductory part like with “The Graze of Locusts” we start with that same introduction and go into the song. We try to make it where everything on the CD translates live as much as possible.

xFiruath: What’s happening locally for you and do you play hometown shows?

John: We do every once in awhile. Miami is a busy city with the beach and casinos and there’s so much to do. Metal shows have to be booked far in advance and promoted well. You need to have people with experience booking shows to do that. For example on December 6th Cannibal Corpse, Hour of Penance, and Misery Index are coming through. Cannibal Corpse are our label mates and we’ll be playing with them there in Miami. So we do some hometown shows and our fans come out for a good time.

xFiruath: What music this year are you most interested in hearing?

John: As far as new releases I’m pretty stoked to hear the new As I Lay Dying. I’m in love with the new Faceless record “Autotheism.” The Contortionist’s new album is really good, so this is a great year for metal.

xFiruath: Any parting words on the new album?

John: It comes out October 22nd on Metal Blade Records. You can pre-order it online at metalblade.com/abiotic and hit up our Facebook page for all our tour dates.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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