MetalXreme: Hello Surtur, MetalXtreme would like to ask you 5 questions for our Interrogation Chair 5 for 5 interview. As it seems Surtur currently only has an EP which you originally self released in 2015 and it was later reissued in CD-R format by Faithcraft Production the same year and also rereleased by Witches Brew Records in Pro CD format this year. It seems the release has had success one way or the other. Can you tell us regarding the EP? How the songs were written, how it was recorded, the obstacles you faced and about the self release?
Riasat: Greetings from Surtur! Looks like you got all your facts straight about the release of our debut EP. Yes, we are happy with how the EP has been received by listeners in general all thanks to the labels which came forward and our PR agent Qabar PR. We conceived the idea of the EP as soon as we started doing music together. The title track was the first song that we composed together. Our guitarist, Shadman Omee, came up with the structure of the songs and the rest of us put our individual input. We hit Sonic Occult Studios as soon as we finished the songwriting process. The drums were recorded at Studio 100 Miles before that. We decided to self-release it as it seemed to us that it would be a pretty gutsy move for the band. If you’re asking about obstacles, we didn’t face much other than financing the record as we’re all a bunch of young guys and financing everything by ourselves was a bit difficult. But after the reception the EP saw, we’re pretty much content and it was definitely worth it!
MetalXtreme: Are you guys planning to record for another release? What are the band’s present intentions? Do you plan to go for a “Descendant Of Time” tour?
Riasat: Currently we’re in the songwriting process for our first full length. We plan to hit the studio again as soon as we’re done with that. We’re also doing shows around Dhaka regularly. Tours or circuits within Bangladesh is a bit scarce but we’ve received offers in doing shows other than the capital city, Dhaka. We’re also opting for doing tours abroad.
MetalXtreme: Surtur seems to have really heavy riffs; I can find influences of bands like Kreator. Can you tell us the main influences the band has for making the music you guys make?
Riasat: Yes, old Kreator is definitely an influence for us. We love making songs which are fast and aggressive. We aim to keep our sound as old school as possible. The bands we look up to musically are Old Sepultura, Sadus, Demolition Hammer, Merciless, Morbid Saint, Old Sodom, Kreator and bands like them.
MetalXtreme: This is an entirely speculative question, but are you guys considering getting signed to a label for releasing the later releases? What are the pros and cons of being an independent artist in your opinion?
Riasat: Witches Brew Records reissued Descendant of Time. Let’s see what the future has in store for us.Being an independent artist is definitely fun as it lets you be ‘independent’. But as I said before, financing everything is a bit difficult for underground musicians like us. Being signed to a decent label would take that burden off a bit. It also makes way for more exposure, I guess.
MetalXtreme:How did you come up with the name Surtur? Did you consider other names besides Surtur when you guys were naming the band? Tell us the reason behind choosing Surtur as the name of your band.
Riasat: We were looking for a suitable name that would go well along the kind of music we do. I came up with Surtur. I’m into mythology and shit like that and Surtur is a demonic figure from Nordic mythology who embodies fire and is prophesized to set the world in flames. I thought this background of the character suits our music pretty well. My bandmates also agreed and we thought it was pretty badass. That’s the whole story basically.