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Interview with The Abydos Shelter!

Genre(s): Progressive Deathcore
Location: Rostock, Germany
PSAB: Where did the band name “The Abydos Shelter” come from exactly?TAS:When we formed the band back in 2010 we were looking for a name which sounded interesting or „exotic“. During that time, bands like Born Of Osiris or Veil Of Maya got bigger in Germany…so they have probably been an inspiration. Our Vocalist Björn (who also plays guitar in
Acranius) actually came up with Abydos. Abydos was one of ancient Egypt’s oldest cities with many temples and a royal necropolis were pharaohs have been entombed. So to be honest there is no meaning behind the name. It just sounded cool to us and you know…it´s just a name.

PSAB: How was the feedback when you released Neophobia? Are you still receiving feedback now?

TAS:The feedback we got for our debut EP Neophobia was consistently positive. I think we got like 150 or 200 new fans on Facebook which for
us was quite a lot. But compared to other newcomer bands in Germany it´s not that much. It´s just hard to call peoples attention to new music because there are so many bands out there. But people who listened to our music on bandcamp or youtube liked it. We worked for quite a long time on that record because during the process 2 members have left the band. Also quite a lot people thought that we´ve recorded the EP at a studio. That feels awesome because everything was recorded by ourselves and mixed and mastered by our guitarist Pat in his small apartment. Now, more than 2 months after the release of Neophobia we just rarely get feedback. Time to get out there and play shows.

PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

TAS: Interesting question. The most famos „djent“ or progressive bands are definitely signed with Sumerian Records or Basic Records. But to be
honest it would awesome just to get signed with any label which cares about the bands and help them to get shows. So actually there is not really a fist choice.

PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Rostock, Germany?

TAS: 5 years ago the scene in Mecklenburg-Westpommerania (the part of Germany we come from) was quite good. There are only a few bigger cities
in that federal state of Germany but people regularly have organized shows. During that time we all have met for the first time. Our bassist
Paul played for „Your Birth Your Burial“, Björn was the vocalist of „Traumatic Defilement“, Konstantin played guitar for „We Once Were Poets“ and Pat played for „See Your Princess Pass Away“. I would say that all of the bands have been kind of driven by the deathcore hype at that time. Haha. But to get back to the original question: the metal scene nowadays isn´t that big anymore. Unfortunately there are by far not as much shows as they used to be. We try to get shows in other parts of Germany which turned out to be rather tough.

PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

TAS: Boring but true: Meshuggah was and still is one of the biggest influences. We all enjoy different stuff. Björn for example is really into death metal and slam. Pat likes besides Metal music like Deftones, Boards of Canada or Portishead. Konstantin is a big fan of Tool. So we get influenced by a varied range of music. Raphael and Paul haven´t been involved in the song writing for Neophobia but we´re looking forward to writing new material with both of them.

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?

TAS: We want to thank everybody who listens to our music and who helps us to spread it, because thats the only way to play shows. We haven´t played many shows in the past and we´ve never played a show with the new line-up yet. Hopefully this will chance soon. And we want to thank the
guys from pig squeals and breakdowns who shared our music on Facebook and on their blog. Also we´re very honored to make our first interview with you.

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