I gotta admit that the first time I saw CRETURA name I thought it read “kreatur” which is a Swedish collective word for the animals you find at a farm. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce us to the band?
– Ofcourse! Cretura is a symphonic extreme metal band from the depths of Bergen in Norway. We are a 6 piece band consisting of: Sárá Guttorm (Vocals), Markus Pettersen (Gutar & Vocals), Marius Toen(Guitar), Kine-Lise Madsen (Keyboard and backing vocals), Jørgen Beijer (Bass), and Michael Sveri (drums). We started up in 2010 with a fully selfproduced EP called “When The Dead Goes To Dance” which was very horror/Gothic ifluenced. After the release we played local shows, festivals and did 2 tours. Art Of Horror Tour in Norway and X-Mas In Hell Tour in Germany. Last year we competed in the Wacken Metal Battle and made it all to the Nordic Finals, and about the same time we got in touch with WormHole Death which ended up in us signing a worldwide record deal for the release of our debut full lenght album “Fall Of The Seventh Golden Star”.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
– Well, we all have our different musical taste but I’d say that the most prominent influences for our sound have to be symphonic and black metal. Norway has a big background in the extreme mucial genre of black metal, and we’ve all been influenced by the atmospheric aspects of the genre. This was something we wanted to mix with the soundscapes of symphonic metal. Being able to have beutifull vocal lines over extreme guitar riffing and blast beat is really something that we haven’t necessarily heard before. Put a grand orchestra behind that to enhance the atmosphere and you’ll have us. Cretura.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
– I’d say it depends on where ones mindset is at. For us the composing part went really well and fluently. Recording the songs ofcourse was a time demanding challenge for us but I think that’s mostly because of our own work ethics. We didn’t want to take the easy way out with todays modern recording techniques. I mean, if you have 2 choruses you sing the two choruses..don’t copy/paste it on to another. Now, the release part is shaping up to be a very hectic time period for us. We’ve got gigs and tours lining up as well as a few festival shows. And we’ve only released so far one single and a teaser video…can’t wait to see what happens when we launch our first Lyric video in a couple of weeks!
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
– It deffinatley makes it easier to get more people to listen to the music in a short period of time. Ofcourse there’s a lot of debates about the ongoing streaming issue. Personally, I still buy records and play them on my CD’player. I don’t have spotify and I probably never will.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
– I wouldn’t call it as much of a risk to be honest. Nowdays people don’t buy cd’s as much as before. However people will always listen to music whatever the device may be. So if we release our music digital before the CD it doesn’t matter that much I think. We’ll bring the cd’s with us on tour, which is where we have experienced that fans really are looking to buy this kind of product still.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
– Actually they’ve all been pretty positive! We’ve had some few radio plays for our first single “At The 11th Hour” and people seem to like the mix between female clean vocals and male growling vocals. So I’m really excited about sharing the rest of our album with the world. Hopefully there will be a song for most people on there whether you be a hardcore black metal, power metal or symphonic metal or not even metal at all!
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
– That’s so true much of the “mystery” is gone it seems hehe. For us, I think the most surprising contact we’ve gotten was when we were offered a slot at the Autumn Souls Of Sofia Festival in Bulgaria. It’s not that far from Norway but then again if you add the miles..it really is. The world seems smaller from the internet and that is ofcourse a good thing in some cases. We’ve also had some wierd messages coming to our inbox on facebook in another language that we still don’t know what was supposed to mean..oh well!
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
– Definitely, the metal community really is a place for the ones who’s been feeling like an outcast to have a place where they can feel that they belong. I started to play in a metal band because I was drawn to the music, went to my first metal concert at the age of 13 and haven’t looked back. And even though Cretura is fairly a small underground band at this moment we’ve allready heard from people that they’ve gotten something out of attending to one of our shows. That is really a huge compliment!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– There’s nothing as fulfilling as playing live. We really started to play much live last year with the tours and so, it’s a great way to meet new people, see new places, learn about which ever country you are in, and to me it’s a good way to get some quick geography lessons on the way because I really sucked at it in school. No, but really you get to see the world and share a common interest that is music with so many different people and I can speak on behalf of us all when I say that we get fucking toursick as opposed to homesick when we haven’t played in a while!
What plans do you have for the future?
– For us, 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for the band. Next week we’re traveling to Poland to do 2 shows, going home for 2 weeks and then go on a full scale European Tour co-headlining with Croatian metal band Angelseed. Shows are lining up for both the spring and autumn in support for our album release. So this year will for sure be a memory for life!