Atmospheric and depressive black metal sometimes go hand in hand but when the pair marries up as well as they do on Utburd‘s just released second full length, The Horrors Untold, it’s impressive to say the least. Russia’s Utburd formed in 2014 and is the product of sole member and mastermind Tuor who we recently sat down with for our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what he had to say and click through on the contained links to support.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Hi! So, my first introduction to music was in childhood. I listened to music that my father liked. We sat and listened, by vinyl record player, old-school rock like Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and many others. My father taught me to have a good sound and quality music. When I was a teen, I played the flute in musical school. In that time, I liked folk and medieval music, and wanted to play it myself. Around the same time I got hooked on metal and Black Metal. Early Satyricon, Cradle of Filth, Emperor and others. I wanted to play something similar, but lacked the skill and musicians. In 2014 I was tired of being on this side and decided to just do it myself. I named my project UTBURD and recorded the first demo “Black Pages of the Bible.”
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
No, I haven’t done anything like that. I always try to communicate with respect to the companion. And it works. When people meet me they realize that they are not communicating with some freak, but with the same intelligent person as they are. Besides, I do not think that if you play in an extreme genre, you must always behave accordingly to your music. Look at Emperor, all of them are intelligent and respectable people. Moreover, one more thing – UTBURD is a one man project, so I am only responsible for myself. And I don’t make a show of it.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The great thing happening in metal is that a lot of major metal musicians have become respected people in society. But, not just in the metal. This is a normal part of growing up. However, this is also the worst part. Some fall into an open commerce, which can (and should) be permissible, but not dominant. From this group people begin to make concessions, soften the sound, there is political correctness and all that. In fact, they are moving to the side of those against whom all this was started. This is a loss.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I adhere to traditional views on life. Progressive world views can progress as much as they want, until it collapses itself. I try to abstract from all this. All these social, political innovations are not for me. Yes, I have to live in this world, but I try, that my family and I come into contact with these manifestations as rarely as possible. Accordingly, I do not bring politics or anything similar to my music. You will not find, in my texts, some kind of protest or something like that. I try to use music as a tool for thinking, not propaganda.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
As I said earlier, I grew up on rock music. I’ve liked black metal and extreme music since I was 14 years old. It wasn’t a shock to my family. My parent respect my freedom, and I respect them, so metal wasn’t a teen-protest thing. I just love the genre. And my mother still enjoys my success in this matter. Listens to the results, summarizes. For us, this is normal.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Take a chance on a musician! The demands of critics for beginner groups are often overestimated. It’s like guys have to take a guitar and write something perfect in the spirit of Mother North. Yes, modern musicians are often very technically shod, but not all. We must support, otherwise new legends will not grow.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
What I do, first of all, is a personal need. Something is born in the head and it becomes impossible not to share it. So my music is born. The fact that listeners like it is great! In any case, I want to have some kind of recognition in the music environment, move up, leave a part of myself in the history of metal. In addition to music, I do photography. But in the first place, of course, the education of my two children.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal).
When I have time for my earphones it’s EMPEROR – In the Nightside Eclipse, The Vision Bleak – the Unknown, Luigi Rubino – Behind the Clouds and Hidden Orchestra – Archipelago.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
The most important news is the release of my new album “The Horrors Untold” April 15.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Tuor for his time!