I'm here with András Perneczky of the Hungarian band, Aebsence,
and I guess I should start with origins. Whence the name - Aebsence?
Whereabouts was it discovered and why?
András Perneczky: I founded the band in 1995 with drummer
Attila Máthé, and bassist László Liwa
joined us in a year. Lacking a singer, in the beginning we played
instrumental progressive metal. Even then we were thinking about including
folk elements by violin but we didn’t succeed in that, so the
new concept was about implementing these folk elements into the vocals.
Singer Péter Budai, who, with his own band tried to accomplish
the same, came into view then. The name was rounded up by Attila,
who got a dictionary and started browsing it from the beginning. He
found that the word ABSENCE has a secondary medical meaning: a momentary
faint. He found that very expressive, so we published our first demo
under the name ABSENCE. As we found several bands called ABSENCE on
the Web, we distinguished ourselves by inserting an E into it: since
then we’re treading our path as AEBSENCE.
2. Your style of music is very unique, but at the same time
very modern and catchy. I like it! Are there any specific references
(other bands, books, traditions, etc...) to this style?
András Perneczky: We were always striving for uniqueness,
and this intent is not limited to Hungarian folk song parts or folk
instruments but also includes song structures, rhythms, guitar riffs
and so on. Of course we don’t see ourselves as pioneers just
because of doing folk metal but we hope that we’ve managed to
bring something new to metal. About our influences: It was rather
the impact of music, not field work done on our nation’s roots
in a library. And even this musical influence came rather from the
direction of metal, than from folk. This is well reflected in our
music. As we all came from different musical directions, I’d
just list the common favorites: Tool, Anthrax, Soundgarden, Alice
In Chains, Barbaro, Muzsikás (the latter two are Hungarian
3. As I was reading through your bands' profile, I noticed
that Aebsence was self-produced!? Wow! I couldn't believe how great
the production was. How difficult was it to record and master an album
on your own?
András Perneczky: We let the mixing and mastering to
be done by professionals, of course. But apart from that, we’ve
done everything by ourselves, from roading to gig management to promotion
to album cover design. And this has a heavy effect on how well known
we are... :-) Actually, the most difficult task was not recording
and producing, but raising the funds. We wanted to make the most out
of this record. We aimed for the best Hungarian metal studio and we’ve
had the records manufactured in Austria. We had to give up many things
for that but it was well worth it. We’ve put our hearts and
souls into this album!
4. It's completely unfair for a band in your country (Hungary)
to be ridiculed for the style of music Aebsence performs. Why are
critics in Hungary so biased as opposed to other surrounding countries?
András Perneczky: There were but a few dispraises in
the national and foreign press, 99% of the reviews are appreciative.
This record is irreceptible for people who are not open to something
new, they find it a heap of chaotic, hard-to-recall things. You either
love it or hate it, but it never goes by you unnoticed. The negative
reviews mostly came from ’true metal’ zines, so we finished
promotion in this sector, although we think this album is also for
them, just like for any metal fan.
5. So, playing in live settings must be equally as difficult
to assemble as an album is?
András Perneczky: Thanks God, it isn’t. Of course
you have the opportunity, but there are but a few venues which are
really suitable for gigs. Mostly there are no lights, sound systems,
stages -- I’d rather call these places pubs. And the venues
which do have the proper conditions prefer to let more popular, trendier
bands play. We live in a small town near Budapest, but our home is
happy to have the highest-standard underground rock club of the whole
country (called Trafo Club), so we usually play a few times a year
here. And we are also receiving more and more invitations to smaller
6. What sorts of musical acts do you prefer to play/tour with?
András Perneczky: Practically we’d be eager to
play with anyone who’d bring us along... :-)
7. So as you should know, I find nothing wrong in your musical
direction... keep the traditional roots man! What can we expect musically
with a follow-up album?
András Perneczky: I don’t know it yet, we are
progressing quite slowly with the new songs, but in general, I’d
like to make a rawer, harder, hotter album.
8. Any final comments you'd like to collaborate?
András Perneczky: We’d like to thank you for the
support and the opportunity to introduce ourselves on the pages of
Metal Fanatix. Unfortunately we don’t see any realistic chances
at the moment to play live in the US, so I’d rather encourage
any open metal fans to visit our web page, download our album, and
if they like it, try to buy it and spread the AEBSENCE disease! :-)