Recorded at Panzer Studios by Bjørn Bergersen
Abzintas self-titled debut album is about insecurity, depression, drugs and injustice. All in all the themes of growing up in the suburban and countryside periphery of Oslo Norway, for young creative metalheads, in the early 2000s.
Abzintas started with Roni Duran and Mads Borud getting along as kids, they were both into bands like Kiss and Iron Maiden and hit it off. Not so long after Kyrre Sundt (Sunface) https://www.facebook.com/sunfaceband/ joined in on bass and they formed the band Decoy, Decoy became Knark, and that was when Stian Sandersen joined in on vocals, he joined them on a punk cover song on stage for the first time, the guys liked it and they called the band Dogwalk for some time until they settled with the name Abzintas back in early 2000. Stian Sandersen had been doing vocals for a local punk band called Anaenic and a thrash black metal band called Vesen.
Back in those days, Mads and Roni were working for a garbage truck company, Kyrre at a mattress-factory and Stian at Ringnes Brewery. The weeks were spent working and rehearsing, the weekends were spent listening to music, drinking, smoking weed, going to concerts, rehearsing, recording and playing gigs in the Oslo area, the usual metalhead kind of life.
Abzintas was heavily influenced by traditional heavy metal such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Kiss, Testament, Nevermore along with darker influences like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride but you might also here a bit of a Stoner groove, reminding of old Black Sabbath, Kyuss, QOTSA, Monster Magnet and the like. Per definition, Abzintas called themselves Stoner Metal, considering the fine mix of heavy grooves and fast melodic metal.
They recorded 2 demos called Abzintas and Dreaming Skulls and toured for some time until Stian decided to leave the metal scene and go to India. The rest of the guys hooked up with a former vocalist by the name Preben Klingenberg who now became the new permanent vocalist. They played a few live gigs and split up due to band members needing to pay attention to their newly formed families, to other bands and to other arts. (Check out Sundt's new band, The Norwegian Stoner Psychedelia band Sunface and Mads Borud's unique artwork in the links below).
ART BY MADS BORUD (Seriously cool art available for purchase).
Death to false chickens!