Abysmalia Comments On New Album "Replenish Entirely"
Finland's Abysmalia has issued the following statement regarding their latest album "Replenish Entirety:"
"As some of you have already noticed, ‘Replenish Entirety’ has been available for streaming for the past week at this location and will remain there. Now, as the most eager of you have span the album few times, it might be useful to know about the making process and the baselines behind the album.
"REPLENISH ENTIRETY IS ONCE AGAIN A CONCEPTUAL ALBUM, WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Stripped to its core, it is a story wrapped around such themes as (inter alia) inadequacy, anger-ridden desperation and spiritual renewal - an experiment of unfortunate events eventually leading to cathartic purification of the soul. Unlike ‘Quid Humanum Est’, the main focus on this collection of songs is on the lyrics, and the music is thus created to underline their emotional entirety, rendering the tones ‘merely’ a soundtrack to convey and interpret the storyline. Because the broad spectrum of human feelings is widely present in the storyline, I had to make the music match the emotional storm portrayed within the lyrics. This - accompanied with the linear/chronological development with the storyline - is mainly the reason why the musical aspect softens, enlightens and becomes less ‘disturbing’ towards the ending.
"There are three narrators whose perceptions intertwine. Even though one of them (The Mediator) only appears in the beginning, he plays a crucial part to the development of the relations between the two main characters. The introductory track excluded, you can roughly divide the storytelling into a battle between the ‘Mr. Sanity/Voice of Reason’ (who Marko depicts) and its direct opposite ‘Mr. Insanity/Voice of No Reason’ (Jouni).
"They both share the same knowledge, but approach the displayed thematics (emotions and events) from different angles: ‘Mr. Sanity’ is a melancholic and more on the low-key -type of personality characterised by submissive and desperate way of thinking whereas ‘Mr. Insanity’ is both narrow-minded, disobedient and rebellious with deep streaks of aggressive ‘censor morum’-esque behavior. However, both of them are self-assertive and therefore their thoughts can be adopted without questioning their truthfulness.
"THERE APPEARS TO BE SOME LINKAGE TO YOUR PREVIOUS WORKS, WHY IS THAT? Musically, there is only one simple explanation to this. Upon the songwriting process, I had already decided that I would make direct insinuations towards our earlier efforts, particularly the debut album ‘Portals to Psychotic Inertia’. This is basically because ‘Replenish Entirety’ in a way progresses chronologically from the situation that was left quite open on ‘Portals to Psychotic Inertia’. Indeed there are direct similarities and even occasional quotations from PTPI within the new album (both lyrical and musical), and if viewed as a puzzle, the purposes behind these linkages are quite logical and can be easily explained.
"However, I do not like to get into the details on the subject; listeners/readers can figure out the storyline themselves if they desire to do so, because the ride is much more fun than the actual outcome. I am a huge fan of David Lynch -movies, and I would like to leave every bit and hint (in their multitude and intertwining character) for every individual to find for themselves and make up their own interpretations regarding the case in point.
"HOW ABOUT THE MUSICAL INFLUENCES ON THIS ALBUM? It was in the middle of the recording process, when I first came aware of how different this album is going to turn out to be when compared to its predecessor. ‘Quid Humanum Est’ was fundamentally straight-forward thrashing with occasional slowdowns and emotionalities laced with recurring, but subtle progressiveness. Basically I drew the influences from all those same channels I've done on each album. However, this time I wanted to make more or less obvious tributes to bands that have had a major impact on me musically and lyrically along the years.
"You can find hints of both Opeth's ‘The Moor’ and Metallica's ‘Damage Inc.’ from the song ‘Cruelty Inherent’. Lyrical Porcupine Tree -tributes on ‘Coma Receding’, the emotional coldness of Nicole's ‘Tuomittujen Joukkoon’ -album on the atmosphere of ‘The Inception of Ire’ ... and there always has to be one Meshuggah-influenced riff on each album! The influence that band has had on me along the years is of such magnitude that I require myself to tribute it without forging my entire sound on theirs. Also, Paramore and The Script with their fresh and breathing sound in terms of songwriting earns respect from this location. Maybe they're also responsible about the increased softness."
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