The Metal Asylum Talks To…Abyssmind

Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?

Well, the name comes from a very difficult episode in my life when I stared to suffer panic attacks and anxiety. I felt that my thoughts were focused only on the inside, and that inside is endless, and endless pit full of traumas and pain. I know that I´ll struggling with this the rest of my life, although, I can live in this abyss in a positive way, not focusing on sorrow and pain. I use that feelings when I create songs.

This is a one-member band by the moment. I played for 12 years covers with some friends, waiting to do music. It never happened. So, I decided leave cover bands and start my own musical adventure. Through the years I learned to play decently, bass guitar, keyboards, guitar and signing, to achieve my goals and realize my ideas.

Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?

In the near future, I plan to make this a 5 members band. In the place I live (Guadalajara, Mexico) I can find a bunch of pretty talented musicians.

Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?

I love Queen and technically all the classic rock bands. Helloween, Ayreon. Angra, Opeth, Symphony X, all Steven Wilson´s projects; Haken, Caligula´s Horse, Soen, Vola, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Riverside, the old Dream Theater’s music, Neil Morse projects, Mike Portnoy, Jaco Pastorius, Rush, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, and so on.

They basically influenced me in a lot of different ways. Michael Romeo is my main influence regarding to guitar tone and riff creation. The first time that I heard “ Evolution The grand design” song, it changed my life forever. Mike Portnoy is a very big influence as a composer, Mikael Akerfeldt as well. Steven Wilson is a genius. I love the lyrics, the main production, the concept, the speed, the heaviness, the ballads, etc. I don’t attempt to copy them; nevertheless, I want to do music with the same big quality and impact.

Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?

Since kid, I always wanted to be a musician, a song´s creator. It hasn´t been easy for me, but the trick is never give up, and still learning the most I can to achieve my goals. I want to release my first LP by the end of this 2023, so, I´m about 3 songs away from it.

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

All the Opeth albums, all Steven Wilson, Symphony X, Soen music, and I try to listen a new band every day.

Do you sing in the shower?

Always. Is the best place to catch inspiration.

Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?

Yes, make it big, release the LP as I told before, and play in some gigs by the next year.

Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?

I´m working on my first LP.  

If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?

Royal Albert Hall definitely.

Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?

Top and unfair question. I have lots of fave albums, but to satisfy you, I could say Opeth´s Damnation, I never get tired of it.

Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?

Yes, I like some pop artist, so I could say I enjoy Billie Eilish music, for instance.

If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?

All the progressive metal bands as possible. Specially the non-famous ones. I love to discover new music. It´ll be great to give the chance to show that bands to the people.

Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?

Appetite for Destruction. Yes, I still have it. I´s been with me around 30 years.

As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?

Listen very carefully the music you love. Pay respect to it. Seat in favourite chair, shout the door, close your eyes, and listen to it with passion.

Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!

You can find all my social media sites through linktree.

We, at The Music Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?

I just want to thank for give me the chance to spread my music, specially to the U.K. people. I´ve always had a special respect for you. I´ve studied the British history for some years, I love your culture and of course your music.

¡¡¡¡Keep spreading the metal word¡¡¡

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