London Death Metal band, Abhorrent Decimation, are an alternative shock that bring a message from a future world into rock over a dive deep throughout their second studio album release, ‘The Pardoner’. The Prosthetic Records gang are an example of a band that transmutes chaotic destruction into pure art straight from the heart. I caught up with lead vocalist, Ashley Scott, to discuss his favorite venues in London, bringing ‘The Pardoner’ to life, upcoming tour plans, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. If you had to sum up who Abhorrent Decimation is in three sentences, what would you say?
I’m Ashley, vocalist and founder of Abhorrent Decimation. Abhorrent Decimation is a Death Metal band. A band that is attempting to find a new way to explore their genre. Presenting something that we believe to be meaningful and worthwhile.
Congrats on the release of your latest album, ‘The Pardoner’. Tell us about the creative process behind the album and the track that is most meaningful to you.
Thank you! It took us a really long time to bring this album together. We started in November 2015 and ended up sending it over to the label around March 2017. It was really a huge undertaking and we totally buried ourselves in the process. The line share of the music was written and arranged by our Bass player, David Archer. He essentially demoed a lot of the material as single riff ideas, some he had fleshed out more than others. He would then put it over to us to listen to, approve or give feedback on the ideas and then he would go from there to build each song a little more. Some came together really quickly, others seemed like puzzles that took a lot of time to solve. I decided on the concept, constructed the lyrics and the vocal arrangements. As ‘The Pardoner’ is a concept album that tells a whole story, I look at it as more of a single piece of work, rather than a collection of songs. So, it’s really hard for me to pinpoint a specific track that is significantly more meaningful than any other. Other than the obvious feelings of pride that come with creating something, there is a degree of personal emotional separation with this record. Because on the one hand, it’s conception was simply an homage to a story I found inspiring and not something which I had personally built which is nice, for a change. But on the other hand, it’s something I/we have given life to and that is emotionally satisfying. For the sake of answering the question though, I’ll go with the title track as it’s the resolve of the record and is a real gathering of all stylistic facets of the album, in one track.
Tell us about your experience with Prosthetic Records so far. How has being a part of the family aided in your development as musicians?
It’s been cool so far. Always learning, which is great. The team have all been very supportive and have done a great job of bringing this record to life with us. I’d say the platform and network they offer, has developed us immensely. It’s hugely satisfying being able to focus more on the music and not all the nitty-gritty.
Any upcoming tour or festival dates that you can fill us in about?
We’ve been keeping our options open with regards to full tours. So we are working on as many one-offs as we can at the moment but there are plans to head out on a more substantial run later in the year.
10/08 LONDON | The Underworld
12/08 BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL
23/09 LEEDS | UK SLAM FEST | Temple of Boom
07/10 BRIGHTON | MAMMOTHFEST | The Arch
10/10 GLASGOW | TBA
11/10 MANCHESTER | The Star & Garter
31/10 YORK | The Fulford Arms
05/11 LONDON | Boston Music Rooms
08/12 CARDIFF | TBA
17/02 CARDIFF | CHAOSFEST | Cathays Centre
What are some of your favorite venues to play throughout London and why?
We love it at The Black Heart, a real great DIY feel venue, always packed, always hot and real good fun. The Unicorn is class too, great stage and an awesome set-up. The Underworld is great, but we only get to play there occasionally. I saw a lot of my favourite bands there when I was younger, so is great to walk out on that stage. When I do get to play a show in Croydon, I bloody love it too. We normally host at a venue called The Scream Lounge. Being local, it’s always great to come back to the scene where I first cut my teeth.
Tell us about some of your favorite personal tattoos and the tattoo artists that brought them to life.
The most personal tattoo I have is one my son drew up for me. Super cute, super crappy, but he was so excited to draw it out for me and I really wanted a piece of him with me all the time. He says it’s an Egyptian Pharaoh (he’s five and obsessed with Ancient Egypt and mummification), you can kind of make it out! My great pal, Emma, tattooed that for me. I got a sleeve started by Rob Boras tattoo ages ago, and need to get that finished really, it’s been a WIP too long. I also love all the stuff I have from Scott Move on my knees and thighs. I’m really desperate to get something really heavy blasted in with Ruco, but alas, money and time elude me.
Photo Credit: BlackLotus Photography
If you were to place yourself in a specific setting to derive creative inspiration, what setting would you place yourself in and why?
For lyric writing, I like to be at a computer, music on. Normally the stylistic antithesis of what I’m working on as I find this gets my creative juices flowing better and then I just go on gigantic purges, getting every single thought and flow of words I can into an Evernote notebook. For painting, I prefer to be alone in the garden, fresh air, peace and quiet, just me and the thing I’m working on.
What is your perception of the benefit of tattoos as means of artistic expression within society?
For me, their means of artistic expression totally depends on who’s looking at them and who is trying to interpret them within society. I find most people in general society are dismal and unconscious. I don’t often enter conversations with random people about my tattoos either, it seldom ends in a pleasant or insightful exchange. I’m not particularly interested in what people have to say about what I’ve got on me. Thankfully, most of mine are in fairly discreet places.
What are your thoughts on the next five years for Metal?
I really hope the genre has a renaissance, I think the genre is lacking true artists. Sure, there is a wealth of bands, new records, gigs etc. ten a penny, but not many artists. Artists are what excite me. Artists captivate, inspire people, connect and give. At the moment, the lower end of the scene is so saturated that it’s hard to see those diamonds shining in the rough. I hope the genre finds a platform for that level of expression.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you dearly for your support. Think. Follow through on your ideas. Find clarity. Act on it. Listen to Earth, Wind & Fire. Be romantic.
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everything else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami
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