- Hi! Please introduce Uburen to the readers.
Hi, we’re Uburen a 3 piece True Norwegian Black Metal band for the west coast of Norway. formed in 2010 as a branching off from other projects. the line-up consists of Ask Kjetilson – Guitar And Vocals, Bior Kjetilson – Bass and Vocals, Thord Olavson – Drums and vocals.
- Tell us more about “And The Mountains Weep”.
And the mountains weep is a record we’ve been working on for a long time it took almost 2 years to complete. during the writing and recording, we’ve been touring alot through Latin America so to get the time has been hard. everything is produced and recorded in Ask’s own studio and its been an album where we’ve learned a lot recording-wise. There’s also a level of growth both in the music and lyrics. we’re satisfied with the record. but it never stops we’re at work writing new material and setting up tours for the album.
- When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Had to google ourselves for this one. it says on the great big web that our first recording came out in 2006. inspiration now comes from all over, in the early days as Norwegians we got a lot of inspiration form the 2nd wave black metal bands.
- What are your main impulses to write metal music?
The submissive attitude of other genres. the lack of lyrical depth in most music today. we’ve never gone out of our way to play hard of fast music its just what fits with our way of being.
- What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musicalwork?
The moments that really sealed Uburen as what it is today must be the crazy tours we’ve done. We’ve been all over Russia, Poland and Mexico to mention some. And we’ve played several really dangerous places. Actually played the 3rd most dangers cite in the world (not in war) to a serious risk to our safety. We’ve never had guards with us and never backed away from a challenge that’s what defines the Uburen mindset. music pieces that stand out must be ”Oskoreia” we’ve been band form venues for taking a stand and received death threats, so of course, we’re trying to book ourselves in the country most of the treats are coming from, no luck yet.
- How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
We’re actually living in 3 separate city’s. Well, 2 cities and 1 village. There’s alot of great bands hailing from this part of Norway. But crowd’s and the starting out bands have taken a bad turn lately. there are too many bands and too few Metalheads, Norway has a small population so good shows with a decent crowd are far in between. Its gotten to the point bands pay for the ”privilege” to play a show. we never take part in these practices so Uburen shows in Norway are far in between.
- When it comes to be a musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Being a musician in our eyes means you write and perform your own stuff. our main challenge might be a Norwegian exclusive problem, but its the fucking ”buy-on tours” and ”pay to play” gigs you can buy yourself famous and tour with great bands as long as you pay sums up to 1000eur pr night. We’re doing it the old way tour with a pocket change on our return or even a small loss. We never pay to play music and those that do to buy themselves a spotlight don’t deserve to call themselves musicians. our ambition is to keep true to our way and keep touring and building the fanbase
- What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
That varies from every track, but more often then not it starts with some lyrical parts, we get the feel from them how the song should be built up, and from there we let inspiration dictate what comes next and in what order its put together.
- Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
It also varies alot, can be anything from another song to a book that inspires. For ”And the Mountains Weep” a subject that gave us alot of inspiration is the turn in black metal to more PC general. And the blind eye people give to a certain ideology that spreads primitive discussing ideas and how standing against it paints us as villains. We travel a lot so we get many ideas to form real-life events, also we like to include and write with themes from Norse mythology, and the books we know by heart like Voluspå, Edda and Håvamål.
- As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
Its a necessity now with the overwhelming number of bands and how easy it is to find new stuff on streaming services like Spotify, iTunes and so on. When it is a promo to get your stuff out there and not fake streaming, fake likes, fake support gigs I don’t care. You can pay to push a piece of shit as much as you want don’t matter people won’t listen to it. But it makes it hard to break through when we have to fight for peoples attention over promoted bad acts.
- Metal scenehave changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
To this day we’re struggling with pirated music, bootleg merch and lacking crowds, we don’t make anything to brag about from streaming and that’s true for most bands, so I hope that people would start supporting local bands more, not only the big acts. go to shows listen to new music and if you like it buy a cd or a shirt. I’ve noticed less and fewer people go to shows. Rather sitting at home watching Youtube videos then complain when bands don’t want to play live anymore. That also goes to the bands, don’t complain about the scene if you’re not supporting it.
- Music-sharing sites and blogs, as well as a flood of releases in general, are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
Hate it so much… a Spotify account cost next to nothing for what your getting, and even if its not much it gives the musician something if only the analytics to seeere people listen so planning tours would become easier. Or Bandcamp. Buy a digital album if you like it, we’re currently giving ours away for free because fuck it.
- Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
We could make a list with hundreds of names of all the local support acts we’ve had traveling around. but we’ll stick with Norwegian acts.
”Khold” a great band and a huge inspiration for Uburen trough the years, they have a unique take on black metal and the Norwegian lyrics are great.
”Hades Almighty” from the original church burning crowd in Norway this band has some great tracks.
- What are your plans for the near future?
We’re setting up shows all over Europe for the next year and we’re at the finish line making a deal for touring our 3rd continent. Can’t say much more until our names are signed on the dotted line, but follow Uburen we have some crazy times ahead.