Not too long ago a free black metal show was advertised in my local area featuring a band my buddy was in and headlining was none other than Abigail Williams. Previous to this night I had all but written Abigail off but at the prompting of a few people I decided I could afford a few minutes of my time and watch at least one song. Long story short, I stayed for their entire set and enjoyed the holy hell out of myself. Suffice to say Abigail is no longer the Black Dahlia Murder with keyboards band they once were.
After the show I approached lead singer Ken Sorceron -- like the good musical journalist I am -- for an interview. He quickly agreed, we exchanged contact info, and I went on my way. A few days later I got in touch for an interview but have not heard back since... For the first time in my professional career, I had been stood up.
What’s a guy to do? Ignore the situation? Never. Email him again? I suppose, but where’s the fun in that? Fake an interview using questions you would have asked and answer them yourself using the band’s namesake? That's what any logical person would do. Here we go:
Hey Ken, it’s nice to sit down and talk with ya, how’s everything?
KS: Good, good. Thanks for having me.
So, you just wrapped up your headlining North American tour with some other bands, tell us about it.
KS: Yeah, it was great. We went out with Immolation, Vader, Lecherous Nocturne, and Pathology. Pretty good turn out all around the supporting acts were fantastic.
We’re going to have to agree to disagree on that point, buddy. Moving on... Abigail Williams is notorious for their revolving door policy with members, particularly keyboardists. How many of them did you bone?
KS: How many what?
KS: [Long pause... sigh] All of them.
Wow! Good for you. Did your sexual relationships with these young ladies have any influence on their coming and going?
KS: Love ‘em and leave ‘em.
Right on. So you have a new album out right now; what’s that called?
KS: In The Absence of Light
Let’s talk about the shift in the band’s style on the new album...
I actually wasn’t done with my question yet, please don’t interrupt. [Long pause] I lost my fucking train of thought...
KS: Want me to just talk about the style change in general?
Well, I wanted to ask my question but I guess that’s alright.
KS: Ok... um, well I struggled with the direction our band started going after the second demo and after really immersing myself into black metal I made the decision to clean house and--
[Interrupting] I remember my question!
KS: sigh... Alright.
When did you start playing guitar? No, wait, that wasn’t it. Go on...
KS: What was I saying again?
I don’t know, I’m not actually writing any of this down.
KS: I.. we... uh, yeah the music is different now. I’ve been really inspired by some 2nd wave bands, particularly Emperor, and that’s why the new album sounds different and this is just the direction we are going now.
Fascinating. Ken Sorceron, everybody. Any parting words, Ken?
KS: Is that it? Really? [pause] Uh.. I guess I’d like to give a big thank you to all our fans and--
Sorry Ken I gotta wrap this up, my Hot Pocket is done. Take Care!
For those interested Abigail William’s latest album, In The Absence of Light, is out now on Candlelight Records -- go pick up a copy today (and stay tuned for a real interview soon, hopefully).