by Ryan Meehan
Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami’s Abiotic transcends high above the rest with a most preternatural sound. By interweaving well-cultivated musical dexterity and pronounced lyrical finesse, Abiotic epitomizes an unwonted entity of unmatched musicianship. In a short amount of time since the quintet’s inception in 2010, this ghoulish coterie has made a paramount impact in the death metal scene and support from the masses continues to grow. Guitarist John Matos of Abiotic is our guest today in an extended version of 5 questions.
RM: First off, who writes a majority of the music in Abiotic and what is your writing process like? Is there a general pattern that you tend to follow or does it change from track to track?
JM: We all participate equally in the writing process, as far as the music goes. We generally have an idea of how we want a song to start and will jam it out as a group. We discuss what direction we want the song to go in and let the writing kind of flow.
RM: In your own personal opinion, is there a fundamental difference between death metal and deathcore?
JM: I feel that, metal is metal is metal, however, for the purpose of classification, you can say that there is a difference, though it depends on who’s doing it and what their goal is musically.
RM: You made a video for “Vermosapien” that was directed by Dan Drescher and features mainly shots of the band performing the track…What’s your whole take on the video making process? Do you feel it’s necessary in the YouTube era for bands to make as many videos as possible or is it something that you could do without?
JM: Definitely. We had a blast working with Dan on both of our music videos, so far, and can’t wait to do another. It really allows fans to visualize the band and what we’re doing during the tunes, which can get a bit chaotic at times.
RM: To me when I see clips of (bassist) Alex Vazquez, I immediately am reminded of Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne when it comes to his playing style even though your music sounds nothing like theirs. When you’re writing songs with a guy like that (as well as the other members of the band) does it ever feel for you that it reaches a point where even as somebody who is incredibly talented you think “Maybe this is too much for the listener”? In other words, do you think that with all of that going on there’s a limit to what the human ear can process as one sound?
JM: That’s a huge compliment because Alex is very influenced by Ryan! I feel like now, especially with how the writing process is going for our second album, we’re learning how to compose and make it to where we can all do our thing, but keep it musical. A huge part of this band is to be extreme and being a really bass driven band, we make sure Alex stands out, but we’ve been working hard on making it all mesh as well as possible.
RM: You have some upcoming shows with Dying Fetus, who’ve been in the game for quite some time. What types of things can you pick up from touring with a band like that who’s been around for over two decades? Is there anything in particular that you are really looking forward to on that tour?
JM: Currently on day 5 of the tour and it has been amazing so far! I’ve already learned so much from these guys and there’s still so much road time to go. They’ve definitely pushed us to get even tighter live and have been extremely welcoming. I mean, these guys are legends, so just sharing the stage with them is a huge honor. I’m definitely looking forward to tearing it up in each city and having my face melted by Dying Fetus every night!
RM: What does the music that’s been written after “Symbiosis” sound like and how does it differ from the material on that record? How far along are you when it comes to the next release?
JM: We’re about 5 songs into the next album and I feel like we’ve really taken it to the next level. We’ve gotten heavier, more technical, more melodic, and as I mentioned before, we’ve been focusing a lot on composing and getting the songs to sound full and catchy. The addition of our new members will also help the new sound in a huge way. Expect some more jazz incorporated and some insane vocals!
RM: You’ve released a seven song EP in addition to the full length…When you begin work on a set of songs, do you specifically aim for either one of those or just kind of let the chips fall where they may?
JM: The EP was written before we put the album out. Our original plan was to put out an EP, shop it out, and then see where it went from there. We were fortunate enough to come into contact with Metal Blade and the rest is history!
RM: What’s up next for Abiotic in the remainder of 2013 and heading into 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
JM: We’ll be really into the writing process and have a December tour coming up after this run with Dying Fetus. Can’t wait to show you all some more new tunes!
Official Band Profile at Metal Blade Records: http://www.metalblade.com/us/artists/abiotic/
Video for Vermosapien: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxoAVDleHWU
Abiotic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Abioticfl
Abiotic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbioticFL
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