I think the most cathartic experience is playing death metal for a rabid audience, Elliott said. When we perform live, theres this energy that you cant get anywhere else in the world, and when you go home, the volume gets turned down and you miss that. So thats why I keep doing it; Im addicted to the feeling that it gives me.
Perhaps theres irony in the title of Abysmal Dawns latest album, Obsolescence, because the time-tested metal mainstay seems far from it. The new record will be released on Oct. 27, and it charts a voyage to new waters while honoring the past.
Its a little bit faster, but it still has some groovy elements, Elliott said. Its a culmination of everything weve done.
Abysmal Dawns trademark melodic elements and catchy riffs are evident in the new single The Inevitable Return to Darkness, which is available for free download on the bands Bandcamp site.
We just enjoy a good melody in our technical death metal, Elliott said.
Back in the bands primordial days in winter 2004, when Abysmal Dawn was passing around a three-song demo and building a repertoire for its first album, From Ashes, the focus was squarely on melody.
We started progressing more to the technical aspect, but I dont think we ever lost a sense of melody or catchiness. In that sense, I think were different from a lot of metal bands, Elliott said. I just kind of play what I like. Im not heavily involved or infatuated with everything thats new in this scene. I feel like were one of the few bands thats maintaining the old-school feel while adding something modern to it.
Lyrically, Elliott is inspired by life experiences and scenes of the world he catches through other media. His songwriters ear is shaped by everything from thrash to jazz fusion even what he calls angry, female-fronted alt music like Portishead and The Gathering.
I keep my mind open, but in the end, what I really like playing is death metal, he said. To play this music, youve got to be a little insane because theres no real payoff in it. Its more something you do out of love and stubbornness and even pride.
Elliott and his bandmates are excited to play new cities on this tour and unveil new songs that they have worked on for so long.
Part of the fun of this whole thing is meeting new people and having new experiences, Elliott said. Now we get to play them live, and thats the whole point.
Headline: From dusk till Dawn, The harrowing sludge of death metal outfit Abysmal Dawn should make for one hell of a night.