I recently conducted a few interviews with some past members and collaborators. Here is the of those interviews with Zawicizuz, guitarist with ABSU from 2007-2009.
WEBMASTER: Hello Zawicizuz – thanks for taking the time to catch up with us. What have you been up to these days?
ZAWICIZUZ: Cheers Pete! Thanks for having me. Currently I'm busy promoting & performing with my new project The Black Moriah. Shortly after my time in Absu I began this project and we've just self-released our debut album, "Casket Prospects"
WM: Did you start at an early age performing a musical instrument?
Z: My earliest memory of performance would be at a 2nd grade talent show. A bunch of us lip synced Mötley Crew's version of Smoking in the Boys Room. There were too many of us in the group so I had to hide side stage until the harmonica solo and I ran out onto the stage in my parachute pants and face paint to play a mean air-harmonica solo.
WM: What were your major influences?
Z: Musically I try to keep an extremely wide view. I like to think my collection spans centuries rather than decades or from fad to fad. Classical music has played a large role in my musical life starting at a very young age. As for metal I would tend to lean on the old school; Slayer, Bathory, Motörhead, Kreator, Mayhem, Sodom, ect.
WM: How did you get involved with members of ABSU?
Z: I grew up with in the Southern Abyssic Communion. My band at the time, Infernal Oak, had collaborated with Absu many times. I actually drove the van for Absu's '95 North American tour. When Proscriptor approached me about joining for the "Absu" album I jumped at the opportunity!
WM: Any particular favorite memory while you were with the band?
Z: The opportunity to perform with Absu, along with so many other giants like Sodom, Aura Noir, Melechesh, Abscess, Raven Cult... the list goes on and on--was amazing in itself. One memorable show was in Philadelphia. The crowd was into the set and going wild, but in between every song the crowd went into a "Cowboys Suck!" chant! I had to bite my lip to hold back the laughter. Got to give it to those rabid fans, even if I hate all their teams!!!
WM: Did you continue any musical endeavors after you parted ways with ABSU?
Z: Absolutely! My aforementioned band The Black Moriah is gaining steam and we are looking to spread our plague further every day!
WM: Do you still follow the band?
Z: Yes, as a matter of fact we are playing with Absu May 4th, on the last day of their US tour.
WM: Thank you for your time to “catch up with us” and you can end this interview as you see fit including promoting your new material.
Z: Thank you for reaching out! I invite all Absu fans to visit www.theblackmoriah.com to hear what I'm brewing up!! Here's an empty glass and a shotgun blast to all!!! Keep it Metal!