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Interview with Mike May of Abominant
Taken (and edited/retyped) by Melanie, November 1998

MR: When did the band form and how?

MM: We formed in the summer of 1993 after 3 of our previous bands (Effigy, Cataclysm, and Sarcoma) broke up simultaneously. I guess you could say we’re what’s left after the early 90’s death metal trend died in KY.

MR: What are your musical and lyrical influences or inspirations, and how do you blend them to sound unique?

MM: Musically, we are influenced by the early bands that motivated us to play music in the first place: Sodom, Possessed, Slayer, Assassin, and even stuff like Dio, Exciter, and early Metallica. Some of the later influences would have to be: Immolation, Entombed, and Pestilence. I think we are a more “metal influenced” death metal band than most of the bands (especially in the States) out there right now. You can be heavy, but you must also be “metal” to be heavy metal, and most of these “brutal” bands are not.

MR: What do you feel your band brings to the scene?

MM: We are not striving to bring anything to the scene. It’s moreso just to please ourselves. I mean, we support the scene and all, but we try not to fit into any genre aside from just being death metal the way we feel it was meant to be played, and doing it as well as we can, while still having fun.

MR: What do you think of the underground metal scene?

MM: I love it, but I think there is too much separation, and too many people buying into marketing schemes; which, need I remind you, is not
“underground” at all. Aside from the separation of black metal and “brutal” death metal kids, I think there are still a lot of promising metal bands in the underground. Overall, I like it better now than in the early nineties when we had more mainstream acceptance and a bunch of mallrat trendies getting into underground music.

MR: What are your goals and aspirations for the band?

MM: Just to continue playing metal and having fun, wether we release albums or not. We’ll still be playing metal. The most success you could actually attain playing this style of music would be at the level of Cannibal Corpse/Deicide, and that’s not a whole lot realistically. So, I mean, metal is more than a hobby, but I don’t do it for financial success, just for fun and my belief in heavy metal.

MR: Any funny/horror show stories?

MM: Well, just last Saturday (Halloween), I drank about a two liter of fake blood (wine, con syrup, and food coloring) along with about 12 Heinekens, and that was an experience. Let me tell you, trying to play songs and headbang covered in syrup really just sucks, but it was fun and Halloween, so fuck it. Aside from almost being thrown out of a few of our shows before even playing due to drunken metal antics, nothing unusual of yet…

MR: When can your next release be expected?

MM: Our new album, “The Way After”, will be out in early 1999. It’s our best work, and our best production, to date. Watch for it and prepare for Abomageddon!

MR: What can fans look forward to seeing live, and hearing on your releases?

MM: Live, just a bunch of drunk metalheads in their late twenties, acting like we’re 18 again. Spikes, banging heads, guzzling beer and raising our goat horns in the air for metal… Our releases are 100% underground. Death metal, a part of no trend, and performed by metalheads. Not seventeen year old mosh kids who will be gone (from the scene) in six months. A little atmosphere, a little brutality, a little melody, a little blast, all rolled up into a giant metal warhead to stick up the ass of the latest trend!

MR: Is song or lyric writing collaborative, or do certain members do certain things?

MM: Timmie writes 90% of our riffs, and about 30% of our lyrics, so he’s the main songwriter. We all add our two cents. Lately, Timmie knows what we’re going to say before we actually do, as we’ve written plenty of songs as a unit. No song is going to come in and be the exact way we intended (from the beginning). It’s collaborative and mainly we leave a lot of the riffs to Timmie, because we’re happy with his ideas.

MR: Lineup – :

MM:    Timmie Ball – Guitar
Mike May – Bass Guitar
Mike Barnes – Vocals
Craig Netto – Drums

You can get our CD’s from Wild Rags Records, as well as distroes like FullMoon Productions, Displeased Records, Morbid, Barbed Wire, Forever Underground, Deathgasm, etc…

MR: Describe two of your favorite songs and their composition; key elements fans should listen for, etc…

MM: I don’t have favorites. I like all of our songs, even from the demos.  Long live Abominant! Usually my favorite song is whatever one we just finished!

MR: Any words of wisdom to the “unsigned masses”, fans, bands, etc…??

MM: We are just a step above unsigned, as Wild Rags mainly just collaborates with us, and pays for our discs to be pressed. So, my only
advice would be to believe in metal and do what you want to do. Trends suck and pass quickly. Be your own person and kiss the fucking goat!!

MR: How well, do you find, Abominant as a band has matured and evolved since the beginning?

MM: We’ve gotten better as songwriters and musicians. As I said before, we’re basically a heavy metal influenced death metal band, that is more concerned with how *well* we can play versus how “heavy” we can play. I mean, Why would you continue to write songs if they all sounded the same, or similar to eachother? That goes for albums too. If every album sounded the same, as with some of the bigger death metal bands’ albums do, why would you even want to finish another song? What would there be to look forward to? As we go along, I think we flourish as a band and as musicians.  Our best is yet to come.

MR: Do you feel that Abominant has a relatively large fanbase, that there is  pressure on you to impress and keep it interesting?

MM: Not a huge fanbase.. we probably have sold 1 to 2000 copies of our first two albums so far. We’re still about as underground as demo bands, which is fine with us. We have no pressure, and the people that get into our music are usually looking for something different than the standard fare. We combine influences and genres to basically just do what we do…  Usually the people that do not like us are the ones stuck in the genre that keep their minds closed.

MR: If you could tour with with any 4 other bands, who would they be?

MM:       From the Depths
Lucifer’s Hammer
Estuary of Calamity
Assisting Sorrow

If we are talking more on imaginary level, then:

Septic Flesh
Dark Tranquility
Destroyer 666

MR: What is your opinion on the present death metal scene?

MM: True death metal rules and always will. Bands like Incantation, Vital Remains, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Acheron, Cenotaph, Deceased, etc… will keep the flame alive. I think lately, death metal is looked at as being only the “ultra brutal” bands like Cryptopsy, Oppressor, Broken “Joke”, and the like. That’s sad, because to me “brutality” is just one element of a death metal band. That is not what Possessed or Onslaught were singing about when they wrote the songs “Death Metal”.

MR: How long have you been (actively) in the scene?

MM: Since 1988 – 10 years. A metalhead since 1981.

MR: Do you find it hard coming up with original material?

MM: Not really, because we do what we do, and few bands experiment as much as we do. At least in the States. We just do our part not to get involved in riff stealing or idea stealing… just heavy metal!

MR: Which show was your favorite show? Now you get to pick through your last bunch… and come up with one.

MM: I liked both International Metalfests we played at, as we got to play with great bands and meet friends. Any time we do a show with CorpseVomit, it’s always great as they are cool guys and a great live band.