Abnormality have just recently released their latest album, Mechanisms of Omniscience, and it’s a ripping, tearing 39 minutes of utter brutality. In honour of this ode to devastation, I took the chance to catch up with frontwoman Mallika Sundaramurthy about the how things are going in the Abnormality camp…
Introduce us to Abnormality!
Abnormality is an extreme metal band hailing from Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. We formed in 2005 and have been releasing albums and blasting eardrums ever since.
What are your influences?
We are largely influenced by fast, technical and heavy bands like Cryptopsy, Origin, Deeds of Flesh, Suffocation, Krisiun, Hate Eternal, etc.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Tell us about Mechanisms of Omniscience
Mechanisms is our second full-length album, and our first release through Metal Blade Records. We have continued on the natural evolutionary path from our previous album, Contaminating the Hive Mind. You can expect fast, technical, brutal music with groove and hook.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
I, the vocalist, painted the artwork for the album, as I am also a visual artist. The artwork represents the album themes and concepts.
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
We write in a variety of ways. Sometimes we start with a riff, sometimes lyrics, sometimes a beat, sometimes by jamming. Everybody in the band contributes to the song writing.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
My favourite song is the title track, Mechanisms of Omniscience, because it has it all; it is fast, technical, groovy, and it has a catchy and memorable chorus.
How would you compare your latest album with Contaminating the Hive Mind?
We took the music to a more dark and atmospheric place, while still keeping it fast and brutal.
What do you think your next album might be like?
We never know how our next album will be until it is completed. We never want to box ourselves in while writing. We let the songs form freely and naturally. We can promise it will be heavy and compelling.
With music becoming increasingly digital in nature, what’s your take on the digital/physical debate and the current state of the music industry?
I think the music industry is changing, not dying. Labels and bands have to stay current with the new technologies and trends, and demands of the fans. Less people are buying physical albums, and there are more digital downloads. People still want to support bands by going to shows and buying other physical items like t-shirts. Always, the music is what matters the most. If you can reach fans through your music, the fans will support you in some way.
Describe the typical Abnormality live show
We have a very energetic and heavy live show. We always give 100% and the fans reciprocate. You will see a good amount of headbanging and moshing.
What are the next steps for Abnormality?
We will continue to tour in support of the new album. We would like to play new cities and countries. We will begin writing for the next album as well.