Tuesday, October 5, 2010
They are far away to be exotic birds, they are brutal, strong and offer lots of neck breaking tunes. They are Death Metal! They are DECAYING PURITY! Check out the most intense band from Turkey!
Hi Mustafa, how are you? What has happened with the band since releasing the “Phases…”album back in 2008
Hi, everything is good, thank you. Since releasing “Phases” we spent our time on playing shows and working on our second album. During this time we recruited a second guitarist for a short time but it didn’t work out. We also changed our label. “Phases” was re-released a short time ago and we’re working on some material for our second album.
Give me some brief information about the band to make my readers familiar with you!
Decaying Purity is a brutal death metal band founded in 2005 by me and Onur, we completed our line-up with Malik and Serkan shortly after. We’re a band that puts out death metal material we like to play and trying to stay out of the shitty, spiritless and inadequate trend of new school bands.
Where are your musical ideas from and how do you turn them into music?
Actually this defies explanation. Musical ideas can come from everywhere, everytime. It’s not necessary to have my instrument ready to have some ideas. We’re all living with death metal and we try to arrange the ideas in our heads as songs.
To what extent is Death Metal accepted in an Islamic-based country?
Contrary to what most people think, Turkey is not an introvert islamic country. As extreme metal bands from Turkey, we’re facing this question in almost every interview. There is a pretty fine death metal scene here. Deliberate or not, the support to death metal and output is growing day by day.
Do you relate any of your song ideas to religious themes in general, musically as well as personally?
There are some songs about the hypocrisy and senselessness of religion, but most of our songs are about torture, sadism and hate.
Do you think conservative conventions and metal really exclude each other inevitable?
In my opinion, conservative conventions are one of the most important topics of death metal. If performed correctly, metal is a great tool to crush those ideas right into the asses of those narrow minded people.
Where do you see your band musically? Reflect the critics and fan – response your purposes?
We haven’t done too much promotion (paper or internet) but I feel the band is in a good place. We only have one album and we didn’t tour aggressively but people know DP very well and I can say we had pretty good responses. These responses show us that what we’re doing is correct and that makes me feel good.
For what stand “Phases…” musically and ideological?
Phases was written 5 years ago without giving too much thought. It released 3 years after we wrote it and we had good responses which exceeded our expectations. I can say Phases is a brutal death metal album to the core with its sound full of spirit (caused by the recording conditions) and stories told in lyrics.
What about the idea to re-release it now?
We were searching for a label after we parted ways with Grotesque Productions and the first press was almost sold out. We asked Sevared if they would want to re-release it. They were willing to do it and we decided to re-release it with new artwork, layout design and 3 bonus songs.
Have the innumerable good reviews had any influence on the number of sales anyway?
The sales were really satisfying. As far as I know, Grotesque Productions sold out all the CD’s they pressed. The response to the album really exceeded our expectations.
Do you think you sometimes gets screwed on money because your music get ripped and uploaded to the Internet and then downloaded for free?
There’s not an end to it. We’re all in this shithole down to our neck. It’s not really important for us as we do it too when appropriate.
How are you financing the band? Are the production costs affordable in Turkey?
I can say that the band finances itself for know. The biggest source of income for the band is merch sales. When extra income is needed, we all do what must be done. The production costs are neither expensive nor cheap in here but the real problem for us is not costs, but finding people who understand what we want to do.
How far away is DECAYING PURITY from classic metal bands? Do they still play a role in your music?
Everything can play a role in music. I think it’s pointless to talk about what has a role and what doesn’t. I can’t say classic metal bands have a big role in our music but they have their place in our individual musical backgrounds.
What about your deal with Sevared ? Do you think they have the power to push DECAYING PURITY?
Sevared Records is one of the few labels around that does justice to what it does. It was a label I followed and liked already. They actually wanted to do US distribution of “ Phases” but they had a falling out with Grotesque Productions and it didn’t happen. The new version of “ Phases” is released now and as far as I’m concerned it’s distribution is great. People seem to show a great interest in the re-release. Sevared Records is a top-notch label and I think it’s great for both DP and other bands in its roster.
You have never played outside of Turkey, don´t you think it is time!
Actually we played outside of Turkey. We played a show with Inveracity and Human Rejection in October 2008 at Thessaloniki, Greece. But yeah, we must do more shows abroad. We were on the bill of Ludwigshafen Deathfest 2008 in Germany, but forced to cancel it because of financial conditions. We had lots of offers for tours and festivals but we couldn’t make it because of the members’ personal things like schools and jobs, and bad timing. We’re getting tons of mails about this thing. People find it strange. But we’ll arrange abroad shows for the promotion of our second album. We’re in talk with some festivals for summer 2011 and we’ll announce it when it’s time.
Have you guys enough breath to go on for another album? What are your motivations in that overcrowded scene?
We’re working on our second album now. I can say we’re a little bit too late actually. We had songs enough for an album but we scrapped some of them to write better songs and the period between our albums got huge. We’re planning to record the album during the end of this year. Brutal death metal scene is really overcrowded and there are lots of bands coming out everyday. We never thought about our place in the scene. We just did what we could do.
Last spot is yours!
Support the bands you like. Never make concessions over brutality! Thanks for the interview.