Belgium might not be the first place you think of when you look for cool metal bands but there is a history of really cool ones. Add DEATHTURA to that list. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Well, the “keyword” is “Tura”. In ancient times, Tura represented the human values such as compassion, respect, family, harmony and that everyone should have.
These are qualities that unfortunately have been lost . We chose this name because we are affected by this sad phenomenon of our times.
So, Deathtura, is the death of these values.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Oh! it is above all a story of friendship. We wanted to buy instruments in order to start doing music and have a band all together. We said “why not”.
We realized that we were well “tuned” musically! We never wanted to stop that, cause there is an electricity when we play , we have a special feeling together and it is very very rare to find the right people to play with in a band.
We were lucky that we found each other and we wish to continue that way!
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Hahaha! that’s right, there is a lot of sub-sub-sub … style!
We do not really want to pretend to compare ourselves to the bands that inspired our music and we actually can’t define exactly our “style”.
We make our music for the sole purpose that it sounds good to our ears, if our music sounds good for us, then it’s a pleasure. We would not want to offer a musical lie, that’s not the goal.
We seek above all to share what we feel through our songs.
Of course, if you ask us what we do we will answer “thrash, groove, death, modern” but, in the end, this is a label that we do not necessarily need or want.
We do Deathtura, you know, so we try!
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-In general, ideas come together. it’s the guitars that bring the ideas. then we jam, we try things and we keep our best ideas. We then record homemade demos to see clearly. The work is pretty instinctive, if you have a good idea, it will succeed. We have so many ideas, sleeping riffs! ahahahaha. Sometimes we compose songs together, sometimes there is a global idea that comes from one of us. There is no rule but we try to have a constant working method.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-oooh, it’s very very subjective.
we really like the originality of the bands trying to break the norm. It’s not easy and we think it must be innate.
It’s a work of imagination. We do not think of being part of these groups that reinvent something, it would be so pretentious!
Our inspiration comes from a lbit of everything … The important thing is that each song is personal and is filled of emotions. We do not want to make music that can’t actually give feelings and chills when played. “She” must live, feel the experience you see?
You can have a super technical riff, with an alien drum, but no feeling or right vibe. While sometimes just 3 or 4 notes can bring deep emotions.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Graphic is very important, it’s the image, the first impression! An image can tell a lot about who we are and what we want to say.
In parallel with the thematic of this album, the caracter called “the beast” represent our internal conflict, the inner voice we all have in our mind. The lights coming out of his skull represent this inner voice that tries to take over our will, like a “Demon” that would like to sprout and and burst our skull.
The colours we used to reinforce even more the opposition between our will and this “inner” voice are very textured and dark tones and blue electric.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes, we see what you mean. We don’t really think that the problem is the digital .
It’s more the way it’s distributed. There has been a real improvement between 2010 and 2016. Now, it’s very difficult to find illegal digital copies of the albums, for example. This is a good thing.
Of course, everyone knows that bands do not sell as many CDs anymore. But digital is the future and we have to adapt.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Everything is ephemeral today. Sadly! The main thing is to try to stay yourself in your music.
It’s even cool to sell CDs at concerts, meet our fans and make a signature on their purchased copies. It’s gratifying and human, we really like it. Of course we would like CDs to sell more. We have to sell data now. It’s like that. Fortunately there are still purists who absolutely want their CD!
many people only buy a piece, a single, a track. But at least they buy it!
Before, we did not have this opportunity so I think it’s good.
Especially for people with disabilities. You know, when you’re behind your computer, you do not know how to go to the store and you want to buy music, then you can listen to it online, you can buy it online , everything It’s a lot easier.
You will tell me, “yes but he can also buy it online and have it delivered to his home”. Yes that’s true, but there are several solutions and it’s not bad. I think if I had opportunities like these in 2000, I would certainly have bought digital too. I’ve always liked CDs because it’s my time, but I never bought Tapes, you know … its the evolution
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-In Belgium, there are many metal bands . Everyone knows each other and the scene is quite supportive.
There are a lot of hardcore, death, modern, metal core acts …. we have a lot of styles and lot of very good bands for such a small country ahahah.
We feel good among all these bands, but you know, it’s like everywhere, you have to get your fingers out of the ass ( in belgium it is a say :”il faut se sortir les doigts du cul” ..lol)if you want to do something serious. Many bands have not yet understood it. In Belgium there may be a loss of motivation and lack of ambition, therefore bands prefer to give up and just have fun.
What does the future hold?
Our future is to keep on creating good music and constantly improving ourselves .We want to go further in our artistic approach. we want to offer more to the audience that follows us because they deserve it, they are extraordinary. We have a fanbase behind us from the beginning and we are really proud of it. We will never stop playing and making music!!!
so yes! There will be a second album.