1 . Who is Abaddon?
Nullifer Abaddon Bones [N]: Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Keyboards, Composition, Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Artwork and Web Design
Yoshi [Y]: Bass, some Guitar
Candy Bones [C]: Scenography and Live Performer (not musically)
2. How would you describe your musical style?
N: Blackened Death Metal, but more in depth. Our music is a mix of Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom, and Orchestra.
3. Why did you choose this genre?
N: I didn't choose it, it chose me. I have obviously tried a lot of experimentation over the years, but the extreme metal style just keeps pulling me back, so I'm just going to go with it from now on. My other project Spectrum-X will continue down it's current path, though.
C: Well, first of all, I have to say that I don't contribute musically for this project, but I will help with scenography and live show acting. I actively work on music and lyrics along with Nullifer for our other project Spectrum-X, and I will continue to do so. This project is mostly Nullifer's own project; he is the one that is really into Black Metal. I like this project a lot, but in general I'm not a big fan of many Black Metal bands. I only really like Dimmu Borgir, Immortal and some Satyricon. So, of course, I will help… in Abaddon, but I will let him (Nullifer) create music and lyrics without my aid, cause he is the real expert in black metal!
N: I hope we can change that, if not now lets hope in the future... When I met her (Candy), she really liked a lot Black metal. I would like for her to contribute with the keyboards, but It's fine like this for me too.
4. How long have you been composing music?
N: "professionally" 12 years
5. What instruments do you play?
N: Anything I can get my hands on; it’s all the same.
C: I can play the bass, the piano and the guitars.
Y: Guitar and bass
6. Have you had any formal training for music?
N: No, I'm completely self taught; I prefer to figure out how to play music from experience.
Y: Guitar lessons
7. When did you begin to play instruments?
N: I started singing when I was 3 years old, drums at 4 years old, bass at 5, trombone at 7, guitar at 8, organ at 9, and then everything else I started playing between 12-15 years old. I became a sound engineer at 21.
Y: When I was 15, I started taking guitar lessons, and then shortly after I made some songs with a group of friends.
8. What inspires you?
N: The color black in contrast with white. The nature. I love the Norwegian forests, antique structures such as medieval castles and towns, old gothic style cathedrals, artwork of death and skeletons from the 1800s and earlier, candles, the smell of incenses, and gothic furniture, and Magic... I could honestly go on and on, but I think you get the point. I also love a great Barbeque out in the wild on an open fire.
Y: I become inspired after a concert and my everyday life. Pretty much just the things that surround me.
9. What is your greatest asset?
N: Hm... I don't really think it's my rightful place to answer that question. I'd find it egocentric to answer it; however, I can say, I believe that I have a lot of determination. And, I believe in this project.
C: I think I am a very empathetic person. I understand and I share the feeling of others, maybe too much. I learned a lot of lessons in my life. Now, I am 30 years old and I am very proud of what I am. I wasn’t happy when I was 17, I wasn’t happy when I was 20, that's because I still needed to learn a few important lessons from life. The more you grow up, the more you feel better with yourself. At least, that is my opinion. That's why I am very happy now, because I think in all these years, I became a better person.
10. If you weren't a musician, what would you do?
N: Most likely military special ops type stuff, or a carpenter, or I think I would go to Australia or Africa and work with animals. I honestly do not see myself not being an artist, but on the side sometimes I already do build things. Just recently, I built some wooden structures to support the monitors in my studio.
C: I do a lot of things, possibly things that don't require other people. I write books, I play games, I enjoy going around for a walk in the country. I love staying away from big cities.
11. Where do you hope to be in your musical career in 5 years?
N: I'd hope by that time on the stage of Wacken, and the cover of metal magazines.
I have a lot of belief in this project.
Y: I hope that in 5 years we will have left our imprint in music.
12. Where did you get the name "Abaddon?”
N: Abaddon is a demon or angel… Also known as, Apollyon… He is the balance of good and evil, a sort of mercenary, who will help whatever side that is in serious need. This is who I am, and this is our name.
13. What are you most proud of?
N: the fact that I've been able to release 6 cds with Spectrum-X since 2004, and that we've been able to do everything on our own. Oh, and my original Print Vynil Record of Ethroned Darkness Triumphant of Dimmu Borgir.
C: I am very proud of the person I am today.
14. What is your ultimate goal you would like to achieve?
N: Well ,I have no absolute ultimate goal, but I would hope to be able to eventually consistently tour the world, and make some more upgrades on my studio, and progress my abilities as an artist.
15. If you were giving advice to another musician, what is the first thing you would tell them?
N: Do everything yourself and expect nothing in return. Create first for yourself, then you can possibly show it to others. DO NOT rush your creations, and do not be overly influenced by others, if someone wants to change you, go the other way… And most of all, Don't Give Up!
C: Just do it, if you really have a passion for it, and really love doing it…
Y: Just be yourself and do what you like. If you continue in that direction, results will eventually make it your way.
16. What music do you enjoy listening to?
N: Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom, and aggressive electronic music like Hocico.
C: I like to listen to the music of some games I play at the moment.
Very relaxing, ambient, magic, mysterious music.
Y: I listen to a bit of everything, but I would mainly say all the different genres of Metal.
17. Which artists influence you?
N: Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Dark Funeral, there are others, of course, but I don't want to make the list way too long. For the guitar my two main influences are probably Chuck Schuldiner of Death and Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. In fact, I'm now growing a goatee in tribute to Dimebag; hopefully, it will get that long one day (just on the chin, no mustache or on the cheeks.)
C: The only artist that ever influenced me was Sopor Aeternus. Not exactly he influenced me; let's say, that mostly the beautiful Anna Varney is one of the artist that I really respect, and I consider a real genius in the musical scene.
Y: Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth.
18. What three pieces of equipment can you not live without?
N: My Schecter 7 string guitar. It's from 1991 with all original parts; it has a really unique sound. I think I'd really miss that guitar, if anything ever happened to it. It's the first electric guitar I have recorded a studio song with so.... Then my Boss GT10, I can make a lot of weird sounds for my guitar with that thing; even though, I prefer to use almost exclusively rectifier preamp distortion that it has, and my keyboard.
19. What do you like best about being you?
N: The fact that I can play any instrument just by picking it up. In my opinion, any musical instrument is the same for me, it has notes... I play them, with a tempo...
C: I love the fact that I appreciate little things in life, and I can be happy with small things: a coffee, a walk with my dog, looking at the wonderful flowers in my garden, a nice warm summer night with lots of stars in the sky -- just to mention some.
20. What is your favorite element to your song, “The Bringer of Light” and why?
N: My favorite element of the song is that it is the first track created supporting the new beginning for Abaddon; it is more who we are, and not pressured to do something we don't want to by another person.
Y: How all the instruments blend together with the voice, they become one and create a big mean and powerful force.
This, is why we are here, “The Bringer of Light,” the new turning of Abaddon. A powerful statement for Nullifer Abaddon Bones, where he hopes to express his metal soul with a sound he conceives as, “Blackened Death Metal.”
“The Bringer of Light” by Abaddon seems to express the very essence of the duality of light and dark, the black and white that Nullifer mentioned, as well as, encapsulating all that the fallen angel/demon Abaddon is.
The introduction of the song has a guitar progression that leads into heavy drumming, all drawing in the listener to be greeted by the vocalizing familiar in most metal genres. There is a couple different sounds to the voicing bringing a multi-voice feel, that adds layers and mystique to a very intriguing atmosphere. The guitar in the body of the song creates forward movement cascading through a bizarre netherworld realm. There is a lot of heavy aggressiveness, that adds well to the thoughts conveyed in the lyrics. The haunting sounds heard near the end leave the listener contemplating, before a final reminder closes all the wandering.
Overall, the power of heavy beating driven music, and dark metal voicing make this song a very fascinating experience.
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