Aborted's Sven de Caluwé Explains New Album "Global Flatline"
The death masters from Aborted will be dropping another slice of blistering metal mayhem tomorrow, aptly titled "Global Flatline." To get an inside look at the new release, I got in touch with Aborted vocalist Sven de Caluwé and chatted about everything from shooting music videos to fielding fan questions.
Check out the full interview below, in which Sven offers his thoughts on critical reaction to the album (You can find Metalunderground.com's own review here), getting guest spots from members of The Black Dahlia Murder and Benighted, and Aborted's plans to hit the road in February.
xFiruath: You guys just did a live fan chat yesterday. How did that go and did you get any interesting questions you didn’t expect?
Sven: It was funny, I honestly expected to have like five people there or something, who we all knew. But actually there was a good amount of people and it lasted about an hour. People seemed to have a bunch of questions and I hope they had them answered. It was pretty fun for sure.
xFiruath: I’ve seen in the press releases and even in some of the reviews that people are saying “Global Flatline” is the “most lethal” or “most heavy” Aborted album ever. What separates this release from any other and would you agree with those sorts of statements about the album?
Sven: I would say it’s the most varied and mature one compared to most of them. It’s a return to the more aggressive and brutal material. The old albums were a bit more brutal than say the last two, so we’re definitely back to the way more heavy and extreme sound as before. But there’s also some more tempo changes and there’s more focus on song writing than the old material. As to whether it’s the best, time will tell. I’d say “yes” right now.
xFiruath: Speaking of song writing, tell me about Aborted’s process for writing this album.
Sven: We started writing it about two years ago, that was when I wrote the first song I believe. Basically the guitarist comes up with a few riffs and ideas and then we all get together and work out the details. We do a bunch of pre-productions and then practice before recordings to add things that need to be added. Whatever the song needs to be finalized.
xFiruath: Who did you bring on for guest musicians on the album and how do you know them?
Sven: All of them are really good friends for us, and for a really long time so it was rather easy to get them onboard. We got Julien from “Benighted” who did vocals on “The Origin of Disease.” I also did guest vocals on their record and we toured a bunch throughout the years. There’s Trevor from Black Dahlia and Jason from Misery Index and Keiijo from Rotten Sound. It was more of a friendly cooperation than anything else.
xFiruath: Where did you handle the recording sessions for “Global Flatline?”
Sven: We did everything In Denmark at Jacob Hansen’s studio. I believe it took about three weeks to do the whole album, mixing, mastering, and recording.
xFiruath: How was the shooting for the music video of “The Origin of Disease?”
Sven: We shot it in the U.K. last summer right inbetween festivals. It was kind of stressful because we flew straight from a German festival right into England, shot the video for like nine hours straight, which was quite exhausting but to good results. Then we flew back to Germany the day after to play another festival, so it was a very intense weekend but it turned out really cool.
xFiruath: I always wonder with metal music videos like this, is it a situation where the director or the label comes up with the idea and storyline for the video, or is that something the band actually has control over?
Sven: The label had nothing to do with this one, other than help to finance it. The idea came up between the director and myself. We were going to do some different stuff on this video, but we couldn’t fly in the right actors to pull it off so we went with the director’s sort of Plan B. He did a great job though because we weren’t there when he shot the story stuff, hats off to him.
xFiruath: I see you’re headed out on the road in February. What all does Aborted have planned for touring this year?
Sven: We’re going first to tour with Exhumed for five shows I think, then we’re flying straight from Brazil to the U.K. for a tour with Decapitated that ends on the Neurotic Deathfest in Holland. After that we have a bunch of European festivals and finally we come to the States in April.
xFiruath: What’s going on locally for you as far as metal bands and how often do you play hometown gigs?
Sven: No, we don’t because everybody is from all over the place. There’s a guitarist in Berlin, a bass player in Holland, there’s the drummer in California and the other guitarist in Cleveland. We have to fly everybody in so there’s really no chance to do local shows.
xFiruath: So now that we’re fully into the new year, what were your favorite releases from last year and what are you looking forward to in 2012?
Sven: From last year I really enjoyed Benighted’s “Asylum Cave” record, I thought that was really good. As far as this year, it’s early to tell but I’m looking forward to the new Cannibal Corpse record for sure.
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