Musicscan: Abandon All shows up a band that seems to be vital and fresh once again. Could you please tell us what happened to Medeia after the release of Cult? How did you develop since then?
Medeia: We've played quite a number of shows since Cult which hopefully has tightened our sound. On a musical level I hope our progress is evident since we went all in for Abandon All, 110%. From the get-go we set the bar really high for all new songs and wrestled with every single one until they felt complete. The longest stretch we've had composing a song has probably been almost a year. The song Centurions was rightfully called The Eternity Project before reaching it's final form after a vast amount of different versions. I don't know did we really improve as song makers on this record or did we just put more effort into everything, but nevertheless, I think we managed to take our sound to a new level.
Musicscan: Were the songs which now made it to Abandon All already written when you entered the studio or did you have the possibility to even improve them in the studio and experiment a little bit? Would you say that – for Medeia – recording a record has become sort of routine or is there always something new to it?
Medeia: We recorded the album at our own studio. Almost everything was fully composed when we started tracking, but things happen and ideas fly in - which is absolutely fine - so some stuff changes on the fly. We really didn't have a strict schedule to follow, that usually leads to a certain amount of experimentation and this time wasn't an exception.
Musicscan: Every band has a vision of how their album should sound like after recording it. Listening to Abandon All right now - would you say that this was a successful mission or would you even say that the band was able to surprise itself?
Medeia: The record has been ready for about a year now and after gaining some distance to it I really feel that there's even an element of surprise. There are a few things that I thought were pretty good when making them, but now those things are starting to pop up as I'm listening to the album with a fresh set of ears. Sometimes you have someone else say "Oh, this part really works", and then you try to listen to that part based on how the other person has perceived it, and if your lucky, you've composed something beyond the realm of your understanding or then the other person was just drunk. :)
Musicscan: Lyrically and musically, Medeia seems to stand for a certain kind of emotional intelligence that sometimes gets missed in nowadays music. Do you as a band ever think about your lyrics and music in this particular way?
Medeia: Lyrics and music walk hand in hand in what we do. We try to create an atmosphere using both as effectively as we know how to.
Musicscan: Thinking of the vision of your songs: What do the lyrics mainly deal with and what´s the main intention behind the songs and the lyrics? Do you want to change something, is the band “just” a release or is it by far more than that?
Medeia: The three albums that we've put out tell a story of what mankind will do to itself. Many of the lyrics revolve around human nature and mostly the wretched side of it. I'm interested in what makes it almost natural for us to kill each other and to destroy the planet we live on. However, we're not in the business of changing anything or taking a stand, we're just mere observers.
Musicscan: Is there a main difference between the messages portrayed in the lyrics of Abandon All and your previous records? What different thoughts are being brought out this time?
Medeia: The message, or rather the theme is a continuation from the previous albums. The first album was the introduction of an abstract force that would consume the world. The second album told a story about a cult which consisted of the few remaining souls still left on earth, with a manifestation of the abstract force as their leader. Abandon All is about the last survivor of the cult, or more precisely, it describes the last hour of his life under a vivid hallucination in which he descends into hell.
Musicscan: From my point of view one could call your songs death, grind, hardcore, and in parts even post-whatever, and all of them take a quite, well, let's say chaotic, apocalyptic and hopeless viewpoint on life. What would you retort to that? Am I partially right with this?
Medeia: I'd say you're absolutely right. We don't really have a genre and we're not too concerned about that. It's all about creating relentless pieces of music on our own terms. I really like it if we come across as apocalyptic, I guess that's a part of the sound we were going for on this record.
Musicscan: I got the impression that you definitely had the chance to experiment a lot more with the intensity and the melodies on Abandon All. The record offers partly different sounds and textures. Would you agree to this?
Medeia: Sure. The main idea on this record was to go darker, slower and more melodic. Every band has to make that dark record, right? :)
Musicscan: Listening to the new album makes one wonder about the intensity of the songs. They're definitely much more atmospheric and intensive than the ones on Cult. Was it a conscious decision to let the new songs sound like this or was it just a natural development? Is the mentioned intensity something you are striving for?
Medeia: Both conscious and natural. We had one song on Cult - The Unseen - that was the last song made for it, and a song we wanted to use as a starting point for this record. We tried to make strong melodies and build and rely on them instead of just going over 200bpm all the time. Cult was a reasonably fast record, this time it was all about getting orchestral mass to the songs while keeping them as intense and heavy as possible.
Musicscan: Is it an exception in these days that bands play the music they really want to without focussing on what the fan's and the industry expect? Are we really that far? What do you personally think about that?
Medeia: Well, first of all I think I would go crazy if I had to limit my expression or change something just to sell more records. There are a lot of metal bands out there that are trying to get noticed and some of them are really out there to serve something entirely different than music. I'm not saying it's necessarily wrong, but I do think music has to come first.
Musicscan: Just let's briefly talk about your plans in 2011. What are the most important aims and plans with Medeia? What is about to happen to support the release of Abandon All?
Medeia: We're playing a number of festivals in Finland over the summer and also doing a Finnish tour with Omnium Gatherum in the fall. We're trying to get over to Europe as quickly as possible!