Omega Diatribe (for La Magia Absalón)

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La Magia Absalón  

 

Omega Diatribe is a hungarian band that who were present in the last MXChaos Dia de la Muerte. Founded in 2008 by Gergo Hájer (guitar) and Ákos Szathmáry (bass), they are currently promoting “Metanoia” their latest album released in September through Metal Scrap Records. La Magia Absalon had the opportunity to talk with the founding members of this band about their origins, their presentation in the MXChaos and the music scene in times of pandemic.

 

Thank you very much for this interview for La Magia Absalon. Omega Diatribe defines itself as an Extreme Groove Metal band, but when I was listening your latest album “Metanoia” it also shows influence from other genres within the metal scene. Could you tell us a bit about your origins as a band and what musical influences have helped to consolidate your sound?

Gergo Hájer: Hi there, thanks for having us at La Magia Absalon. Nice to meet y’all!

When we started Omega Diatribe back in 2008 with Akos we had a strong vision what we want to focus in our music. Heavy riffs on high-energy level, Polyrhythmic grooves and Psychedelic elements. Overall the biggest influences on our music is such bands like Meshuggah, Slipknot, Machine Head, Tool, Korn, Sepultura and so on… you know mostly the 90’s/00’s groove metal era but we still listen to other genres music like drum and bass, psychedelic dub, hip hop and raggae… we tried to evolve all this musical experiences what we’ve got from these genres as well.

Omega Diatribe refers to a contract signed between humans and aliens about the use of planet earth. Is this concept that you create from the name is reflected in the musical part of the band?

Ákos Szathmáry: Sure. If you listen to an Omega Diatribe song every day from now, you will be saved (laughing). Actually it’s more like a background story for the band name. We wanted to give meaning to it.

How did the writing and recording process for "Metanoia” develop?

Gergo Hájer: This time when I started to wrote songs for Metanoia, I consciously did not listen to other band’s music because I didn’t want to be influenced subconsciously by other bands. I would like to wrote songs by my instinct. On this record we worked co-producers who helped us to deliver the most string vocals on these songs. All the songs has been recorded at our own studio at 515 Studio in Budapest, engineered and mixed by me. Most of the vocal session has been done at Stray Heart Records under the hands of Kiki. Then we sent out the raw mixes to Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden who did an amazing up-to-date master on our songs.

What is the concept behind the art of "Metanoia" and how does it tie into the music?

Ákos Szathmáry: Metanoia’s meaning is the change in one's way of life resulting from spiritual conversion. We told this meaning to David Metzger concept artist and he created the artwork. On the inside of the digipak you can see 3 faces which are the 3 forms – from life to death - of a person who became an enlightened being. In the music it represents that we opened some new windows and let some fresh air in. New things we’ve never tried before.

As is known to all, the pandemic forced the cancellation of concerts, however, it also opened a possibility for you by participating in streaming festivals, such as MXchaos.What feelings does it produce as a band to change one modality face to face to a virtual one as far as concerts are concerned?

Gergo Hájer: This pandemic madness sucks multiple times for us, you know. We just released our brand new record, we have booked 24 shows around Europe and we can only do it around 11 shows around Hungary. But I must say these shows were one of the best on our carreer. the crowd really digging the new record and support us 100%.

About the streaming-festival, it was a bit weird because we never did anything like this, only pre-recorded studio sessions. But it was fun, we went to our friend's studio in Budapest, Hungary at Pinewood Studios where the guys able to spread our music via streaming services through MX Chaos. The opportunity came from our spanish booker Javier, who booked our online show at MX Chaos. Hopefully we can do this again!

What were the challenges you faced in preparing your presentation online?

Ákos Szathmáry: Since we had the opportunity to do it with the Pinewood guys, it didn’t cause us a big headache technically. But at that time we hadn’t played live since March. That means a six-month omission. So we had to do some rehearsals. On the other side we are more like ‘real live show’ guys, we love to interact with the audience during the show and feel the energy of the crowd as they pulsate with us. So that was the hard part, to leave this behind and play under sterile conditions in a studio.

How do you consider the public's response about your presentation during MXchaos Dia de la Muerte?

Gergo Hájer: The crowd response was amazing, we just realized that so many latino fans just tagged us on Instagram and Facebook to send a feedback that they really dig our online show.

La Magia Absalon: Based on what was experienced during the pandemic, how do you think the music scene will be in the future?

Ákos Szathmáry: The metal-music industry has been steadily deteriorating for the past 10-15 years and this pandemic is another blow to it, which also extends to the whole industry. It’s difficult to predict what will happen in the future of music. I just hope that this will be our biggest problem (laughing). If I had to guess I would say there will be more and more online shows. Some major bands will be able to do really unique and professional stuff to create more interesting streaming shows. Thus, it becomes a role model for young bands as well. I hope that over time the young generation needs more and they still want to go and see live concerts.

What are Omega Diatribe's future plans?

Ákos Szathmáry: We still want to go on tour with ‘Metanoia’ and we have already booked some shows for next year. Hope we can make them happen. What can I say in this situation? Uncertainty.. We will record a new music video and we won’t stop making music.

I would like to thank you for the time dedicated to this interview and to finish, what message would you like to share with your fans in Mexico and Latin America?

Gergo Hájer: Thank you for all of our latino brothers out there for the support. We hope that we can meet really soon! Stay safe and keep supporting metal. Peace out.

Ákos Szathmáry: Thank you. It is a great honor to have fans so far away. Love you All.

 

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