These questions were answered by John Matos, guitarist of Florida death metal band Abiotic.
First question, how did the band get started?
The band got together back in the summer of 2011. We were all in different local bands at the time and I reached out to a few of the most talented members that I could find to get Abiotic going.
And where did your band name come from?
Abiotic means anything non-living or the antagonist to life. We felt that the name and definition was a good representation of what we wanted the band to sound like.
How would you describe your music?
The music is fast, melodic and heavy, with some darker, borderline progressive parts. I’d say we’re a death metal band for sure, but we get labelled with all kinds of subgenres.
Who or what would you say your biggest influences are?
My biggest influences right now are Death, Cynic, The Contortionist, Wretched, Necrophagist, The Faceless and Animals As Leaders.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
I’d say our biggest challenge as a band has been bouncing back from the member changes we went through a couple of years ago. The band had built up so much momentum and we had to take some steps back just as the doors were opening. But overcoming that challenge has made us stronger as a band and has lead to the strongest Abiotic line-up to date.
What has been your favourite show to play?
A show we played recently in Austin, Texas with Between The Buried And Me was one of my favourites to play for sure. It was the first time playing songs off of Casuistry to so many faces at once. The crowd was leaving it, so it was all around a good time.
What would your dream tour to see or be involved in be?
Right now I’d love to be on a tour with some fellow Metal Blade artists. Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Between The Buried And Me and Fleshwrought would be tits.
Does anyone have any bad habits?
We all do, but they’re tolerable to where we haven’t killed each other… yet.
And finally, what is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Good question! Music would be difficult to live without, for sure!
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