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For those who do not know Aborted, let me know what rock you are living under, and I will come to rescue you. Since forming in Belgium in 1995, they have done nothing but unleash album after album of unrelenting death and destruction. Their sound is unapologetically brutal yet meticulously crafted, and I personally cannot get enough. Their new album ‘Maniacult’ hits the streets on Sept, 10th. We had the opportunity to have a little chat with them. Gentlemen…


Thanks for spending a little time with us. Congratulations on the new album. I hear it will be a bit of a departure from previous works. Tell us all about it.

Well, thanks for the opportunity to sit and talk about our upcoming release! Yes and no at once: it clearly features new ideas, sounds, and riffing, but it’s also unmistakably Aborted; it slightly diverts from the technicality of our last efforts (namely La Grande Mascarade and Terrorvision), exploring a bit more in depth the atmospheric aspect which has been a key element in the last few Aborted records, while foregrounding the riff concept.

Fans will not be able to stop headbanging to some of our new songs; let me rephrase that: to ALL of them!

The video for “Impetus Odi” is beautiful and disturbing. Tell us about the concept. I especially love the part when the guy winces when the crown of thorns is placed on his head. That almost seemed unscripted.

I’m glad you noticed! Yea, it’s what I like to call a surreal exhibition of religious fanaticism, and the video is about the irreversible, dangerous consequences of blindly following a cult that brainwashes its disciples. Obviously, the ManiaCult is a whole different story: you should join the club!

So…1995, you’re putting together an extreme metal band, ready to light up the world.  Did you ever imagine yourself making statements like, ”follow us on Instagram and Twitter,”…things like that?  Where do you see the industry in another ten years?

I’m not gonna lie, back in the day things were a little more difficult; in fact, it was very hard to circulate your musical material, so I guess the internet has definitely helped everyone in the industry. Also, you can’t afford to endorse the “old school” rhetoric and still expect your fans to care about you. You have to stay relevant now more than ever; it’s mostly about communication and the way a band connects with their fans. I said “mostly”, as music will naturally always be our priority (duh?).

I’ve read the subject matter in the upcoming album is a little more rooted in real-world issues. Imagine if the whole world showed up on your doorstep with its greatest problem and asked your opinion. What do you think that problem is, and what is your solution?

The problem is that people, despite of irrefutable scientific evidence, still believes that for cooking pasta, water needs to be salted before it boils. It’s 2021, people, wake up!

You have had several members over the years. Your sound has evolved but has remained consistent as well. What is the secret to this? How do you see your sound evolving in say…five years from now? 

If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore… in 5 years? Well, I don’t even what I’ll be eating for breakfast tomorrow, so how can I know? Seriously though, I think we’ll still play a blast beat or two.

Let’s compare. My last show was  March 11th, 2020, Dragonforce with Unleash the Archers and Visions of Atlantis (don’t judge)…yours?

I might be wrong, but I think our second show at 70000 tons of metal was the last show I played/attended. Been a while, huh?

You have several European shows in 2022. Anything in the works for the US? If you come to Colorado, hit me up, and we can compare our beer with Belgium’s. Let’s put this debate to bed once and for all.

That’s right, we do have a nice little round with our friends in The Acacia Strain, Benighted, Hideous Divinity and Fleddy Melculy: it’s going to be so much fun! We’re also working hard on going back to the US, so yea, it’s likely you’re going to see our ugly faces touring the States again next year. And as much as we love playing Colorado (our last show in Denver was INSANE!), I don’t honestly think there’s much to debate *winks*.

We appreciate your time and can’t wait to hear the album. Any parting words for our readers?

Everyone be safe out there, join our cult, listen to Wayland or else you’ll get in trouble. Not that the alternative is any better, but you know what I’m saying. It was a pleasure, thanks again!


  • Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé – vocals (1995–present)
  • Ken Bedene – drums (2010–present)
  • Ian Jekelis – guitars (2015–present)
  • Stefano Franceschini – bass (2016–present)

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