October 7, 2022

Abyss explores “from the soul” in the bowels of rock

Ines Escario/Zaragoza (EFE).- The Teruel band Abismo returns to the stage with their second album, ‘Esperando al Ángel Negro’. This work is an exploration “from the soul” into the bowels of rock, diving through different styles.

“When we started with Abismo, we were clear that we didn’t want to be locked into one style, that we would do what our soul and music that we found useful, without having to stick to anything premeditated,” explains Alberto Arnau in an interview with Efe.

This well-known face of Teruel rock promoted this musical project in 2018 with ‘Satanic Songs’. They then also went hand in hand with Cursed Records. It was an album with “sinister and intimate lyrics” surrounded by a “dark atmosphere” that brought it closer to gothic rock.

Abyss in his rehearsal room in Teruel. EFE/Tony Garcia

Now the band is back with a proposal of thirteen “more diverse” songs, with a variety of styles. They range from rock to flashes of punk, country, even a little gospel, as well as intimate songs derived from the first album.

With this new album, Abismo continues to reinforce his personal seal of identity, “with a collection of impressive songs that immerse you in his specific sonic universe: dreamy places and dark worlds, in which rock frequencies predominate, without any kind of binding or conventionalism”.

sound bacchanal

A “sound bacchanal” that Abismo will present this Saturday from 9 pm at the Creedence location in Zaragoza, together with the band ‘Tigre’.

The album was recorded by Iker Piedrafita at the El Sótano studios in Pamplona and the album cover is the work of Javi Reaktiu, as is the entire visual image of the band.

And it is that Abismo also draws attention to his aesthetic that comes from the sound of his songs, which “evoke images”. “We think the music is pretty elegant and we want the image to be consistent.”

David Pascual (drums), Imanol Perez (bassist) and Alberto Arnau (guitar), from Abismo. EFE/Tony Garcia

The former member of the rock group Visitantes is responsible for composing the basis on which the band, consisting of members from Teruel, Valencia and Ciudad Real, makes the songs.

In this musical adventure he is accompanied by Iván Moya and Vega Molina on guitars, Dani Castillo on keyboards and David Pascual on drums.

music with care

“With the new album, we were very clear that we were going to take it over time and we calmly developed the idea, giving the songs everything they needed in terms of arrangements, sound and production,” says the singer and guitarist, a native of Sarrión. A place where Arnau committed himself to rock “as a child”, when he listened to the Rolling Stones: “I said, I want that too. Then I started listening to all kinds of rock, blues, heavy metal … all styles of rock, and I fell in love with that music to this day.”

“We started by setting up a group of friends from the city which, as usual, didn’t last long (laughs). And then I founded Visitantes, which was active for a long time and now we are in a kind of impasse”, explains the singer about this band. Visitors may return, but Arnau is now “one hundred percent” immersed in the Abyss project.

After the presentation in Zaragoza, Arnau celebrates that it is now time to present ‘Esperando al Ángel Negro’ live and “make the most of it” with events such as Barcelona (15 October), the official presentation in Teruel (25 October, November ) or Castellón (December 3).

Edited by Isabel Poncela

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