Interview with Absolva

If you're a fan of old school, classic British heavy metal, you will love Absolva. Hot off the heels of some of the UK's biggest festivals and touring with Iced Earth after just a few short months, the ferocious four-piece are ready to release their eagerly awaited debut album 'Flames of Justice' on October 27th. We managed to catch front man Chris and guitarist Aki for a quick probe, to find out how they felt about the quick progression and what we can expect from them in the future.

Denim and Leather: Can you describe Absolva in a single sentence?

Chris: Twin guitar attack, 4 Piece modern wave of British Heavy Metal!

DnL: Fantastic. So first off, what or who was it that got you listening to rock music initially?

Chris: Me personally, AC/DC started it all. Along with Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and Bad Company. 

DnL: Nice! Who are your main influences as a band?

Chris: Accept, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Megadeth.

DnL: And that's why we love you! So, can you describe some of the realities of being in a band for us?

Chris: The reality is, it's hard work, a lot of time goes into rehearsing, recording and travelling.
But, it's the best thing in the world! 

DnL: We can imagine! What would you say it is that makes you unique or sets you apart from other bands within your genre?

Chris: A lot of bands are trying to get heavier, or more de-tuned, or see who can growl the lowest.
We take a lot of influences and sounds from the late 70s/early 80s, and make it sound modern. We put our own stamp on it. A lot of the metal giants are getting old - we want to carry the flame. 

DnL: Good one. Regarding your recent switch up from being 'Fury UK' to Absolva, what do you plan to do differently this time? 

Chris: Fury UK hasn't split up, its just on hiatus. We might do something again in the future. Who knows?
But Absolva, is now my main concentration. I have a lot of big plans for Absolva. Because I have learnt so much from Fury UK building up over 10 years.

I know have the benefit of experience for Absolva. And we are not going to stop!

DnL: Brilliant. We were all huge fans of Fury UK here at DnL so that's good to know. Where did the name ‘Absolva’ come from?

Chris: French, for Absolution of Sin! So we cure all your sins. Hehe. 
Its catchy, and unique, and it's got A at the beginning and A at the end. We like it.

DnL: Curing sins eh? We'll take your word for it! Speaking from experience, what is the best way to conquer pre-gig nerves?

Chris: I don't really get pre-gig nerves. My first public performance was when I was around 10,
and I played in and out of the heavy rock pub circuit from then on too. Best way to conquer it?
Keep playing live, make sure your absolutely 100% prepared.  

DnL: Good advice. When travelling long distances on tour, what do you think is the best way to deal with long tedious journeys?

Chris: I sleep a lot. I find being a passenger very hypnotic. Listening to music.
Chatting and having a laugh. We play a couple of games, like thinking of as many band or song names as you can, relating to fish or trees.
I.E : Pike & Turner, Walter Trout.

DnL: Haha! It seems we aren't the enjoy ones that enjoy a good fish pun. What is your personal highlight of your time with Absolva so far?

Chris: Our first few shows were pretty awesome. From starting at such a high level. And I really enjoyed recording the album. 

DnL: You're right, the debut show was awesome indeed. This one's for Aki - how does it feel to go literally instantly from playing relatively small gigs, to being able to play BOA and support huge bands such as Iced Earth?

Aki: Its still taking a while to sink in properly. To go from playing to small crowds, then to hundreds of people. Its a real eye opener. But I love it.

DnL: Absolva is clearly incorporating elements of the old NWOBHM/classic metal, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Do you think that style of metal could make a massive comeback?

Its never died! It doesn't need to make a comeback - it's as strong as ever. Iron Maiden are bigger now, than they ever were. Same with Judas Priest, Motorhead, Saxon. This Metal, is the best in the world. People from age 10- 60, love it, listen to it, go to gigs. And it's one big family.
No other Genre, has the sort of community that Metal does.

DnL: You're absolutely right. If you could play with ANY three bands of your choice, who would they be and why?

Chris: Personally, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Accept.

DnL: Iron Maiden. Yes. Do you have any advice you’d like to share with up and coming bands looking to achieve what you have?

Chris: Keep playing, don't give up. Play live, and rehearse all the time. Enjoy it!

DnL: What do you think of the state of the local scene, and how would you improve it?

Chris: Manchester Metal Scene, is excellent. I think the UK metal scene is excellent. This is where it all started.

Go back to bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple through to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Saxon. They're all British. We shouldn't forget this. I think we've been spoilt with so many great bands. I know a lot of my friends from Europe love coming to the UK, I don’t think we realise what we have.

DnL: Good point. We sometimes forget! So what do you guys tend to get up to outside of Absolva? What are your hobbies?

Chris: Myself, I play a lot of guitar. I like drinking and watching bands. I don’t really know how to do anything else apart from music.

Same with Martin. I've known him a long time and he likes drums, bands, and Guinness. 
Dan, again likes the same stuff, but also plays football.
Aki, the same, but also likes off-roading in Land Rovers. 

DnL: Drinking and metal. Sounds good enough to us. Where would you like to be with Absolva in 5 years time?

Chris: Not just UK & European tours, I’d like us expand into more International audiences.
More of the same. We're not going away!

DnL: Good. We want to see a lot more of you! So, last question. You die. Which three albums do you take with you to the afterlife?

Chris: Black Sabbath : Heaven & Hell. AC/DC : Let There Be Rock. Iron Maiden : Somewhere in Time. 

DnL: Epic choices. Well, we'll end that one, and we look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the near future! 

Chris: No problem, cheers for the chat!

Danielle, and a very tired looking Aki (Guitar) after Absolva's debut show in Manchester.

'Flames of Justice' is set for release through Rocksector records on October 27th, and will be available through their online store. Details for their upcoming UK can also be found on their website.