Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Upheaval Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are from Istanbul-Turkey trying to do metal in our way. Some people call it black/thrash, some call it black/thrash/death.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
That's a hard one. There are lots of evil things happening right now at our country and at our world, when I see/hear these I feel hate and anger, also grief and despair. Our sound reflects that. But 'course you have to listen for yourself...

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We are against religion that is forced upon people and we are also against to the any fascist goverment, lyrics basically reflect that.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
It is a direct stance on our political view. The Upheaval.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?
If we choose to give concerts we might expand our band. It's really hard to find musicians or even "people" that has political vision and musical interest.

6.Currently you are signed to Mulligore Production, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a growing underground label that is based at Canada. They publish mostly death metal and it's crossovers. Their manager is awesome (Hails Noch!). We are very happy with our relations with them. We hope to publish more records with them actually.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
We are receiving interviews, reviews and comments (maybe I should say "likes" nowadays) from all over the world. People are mostly glad that we perform and have this kinda music in Turkey. As you might know Islamic and nationalist movement is rising at Turkey, so people are suprised to hear us.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is the only project that we are giving time in.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We don't do any plans before making music. (Ö.T.) I write lots of stuff, If I like it, I keep it, if I don't, I dump it. But seems to me that, it is going to be more thrashier and with some vibe of the 2nd wave of black metal.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
(Ö.T.) I definitely don't listen to contemporary metal. I mostly listen to oldschool albums. For example, Urgehal, relatively young band but they have "the vibe".

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Politics and music, not much other than these, really.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
The Upheaval is working on the new album. Be sure to follow! Thank you   for the interview.