Belgium’s tech-death grind gore bastards returned last month with Global Flatine. An album so sick and caustic, listening to it is akin to maggots eating through your gray matter, while receiving a chainsaw enema. Yes, it’s that fucking good. So with a new album, and a new line-up, this seemed the right time to reach out to Aborted founder and vocalist, Sven de Caluwé. Time to scrape away the fecal matter, and cut through the social detritus and get to the singular view of his decadently intriguing mind.
Metalholic: Hey brother, hope all is going well. The last time we spoke you were over here in the states with Miri and System Divide on the Hottest Women in Metal tour. I hope life has been treating you both well in the interim. So here we are almost 4 years since Aborted’s last full length album. Basically a new line-up this time around. Briefly introduce us to your new cohorts, how they came to be a part of Aborted, and what they each bring to the table in your mind.
Sven: Yes indeed. Well, we have Eran (guitars) who joined first in 2009. He’s been a long-time friend since 2002 and he was the obvious first choice. He’s been a great friend through the years and we also played together in a band called Whorecore in the past. Next was Ken Bedene, he joined right after the Coronary Reconstruction release since Dirk wasn’t able to tour due to his various projects and family life. He also used to play in Abigail Wiliams. On guitars we have Mike Wilson, who also plays in System Divide, so that’s quite self-explanatory I believe. 😉 He also used to play in Abigail Williams. We had JB Van Der Wal on bass, but he got too busy with the schedule of his other projects (Leaves Eyes and Atrocity) that we had to go our separate paths right before the album release. I am still in a grindcore project with JB called Razorcult though.
Global Flatline simply warped my brain and erased my face. My wife says it’s an improvement for me. So thank you for that. =)
Thank you! We are always happy to provide free lobotomies. 😉
Eran Segal gives you a new songwriting compliment. How did that impact the creation of Global Flatline?
Eran wrote a good deal of the record, I would say about 70% of the record was written in jam sessions that we used to have together for the biggest part of 2010 into 2011. We worked on a whole lot of songs together and will continue to do so. JB wrote a bunch of songs, and Ken and Mike also wrote a song each. We then worked out every single song as a band to have all the final details taken care of.
The new record feels a bit edgier and more energetic. Would you attribute that to new bandmates, or an extended time away from the project, or do you even agree with that assessment?
I agree completely, and it’s a mixture of reasons. One being the new line-up, but also a re-vitalized faith in the band after the dark period we went through. Aborted has always been a band that is all about energy and extremity, and the new people also believed that it was time to bring back the smashing. 😉
Not really, we just wanted to write the most powerful, energetic and extreme record we could, while at the same time keeping things groovy, well-balanced and focusing on mature songwriting, I think we achieved that goal throughout the record, so we are perfectly happy with it.
You’re one sick mutha, Sven. 😉 I’ve often wondered what it might be like to see your thoughts displayed on a big screen. Where do you come up with your lyrical concepts, and what message are you conveying on Global Flatline?
The message in Global Flatline is pretty simple, it’s all about mankind being the end of man. The world is a pile of shit and humanity deserves extinction. I come up with most of the lyrical concepts through daily life and the social apathy that our modern-day society has to deal with, nutcases out there, serial murder, and of course, feces. 😉
As if the songs on Global Flatline were not already rabid enough, you brought in a few of your twisted friends to help out (Trevor Strnad, Julien Truchan, Jason Netherton, Keijo Niinimaa…). Tell us why you thought of each of them for their particular track and what they added to it.
They added even more variation to the record, I think. They all have their own distinguished song and were perfect for the parts. I asked them to be part of the record because, first of all, they have all been good friends for years, and this record for me was also a testimony of 15 years and more to the extreme, and these guys are all stalwarts.
With everything else on your plate is there even a chance American fans will see Aborted live this year?
Most definitely! We will be touring the US in April/May and will also be back again shortly after the summer! Keep your eyes open for announcements!
The response to System Divide was very positive. What’s going on with that project right now?
We are taking most of 2012 to write the new album. We already have a bunch of cool ideas and hopefully we can record during the summer in-between the festivals. There are plans for some US touring at the end of 2012, but it is a bit too early to reveal anything else at this point.
Miri made Metalholic’s Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal for 2011 last year and as we get ready for the 2012 list, which she will no doubt grace. Besides your better half, who are some of metal’s feminine cohorts that are impressing you these days?
As usual, I would say Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil. I personally don’t listen to that much female-fronted metal to be honest.
Of course as the year just ended, everyone is creating their Best of lists for 2011. Which albums really made an impact on you in 2011 that still resonate with you?
Benighted’s Asylum Cave was crushing, I love that record. The latest Mastodon record was a huge step up from their previous. Septic Flesh released a killer record. Rotten Sound Cursed, Exhumed No Guts, No Glory, and so many more.
Besides music and gaming, what topic or hobby can you talk about endlessly or engross yourself in for hours?
Comics and horror movies, haha.
What trend, fad, or jargon must be eradicated from pop culture immediately?
Final words to the fans?
Thank you all for the support, now go out there, buy our album, and kill everyone!
Sven, thanks as always for taking the time. Give our best to Miri and keep rattling our craniums with great metal! \m/
Thank you Rustyn! Miri says hi. 😉