Necromaniac: The UTU is a band of Raw Black Metal from Brazil, we played the Black Metal style of the 90's and we are loved by them, the themes of our music is based on Christianity and Misanthropy, we have 4 eps released 2 compilations and now we are launching in May our first FULL with 8 Musicas, UTU is NECROMANIAC: Vocals and UHTRA: Instruments.
Uhtra: I decided to make some sounds after a period when I was listening to quite a few bands that I consider Black Metal classics like Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Marduk and other more underground like Horrid Cross, for example. In Brazil we have great bands of the style, but a lot ends up being restricted as well. Utu started as a personal project in 2013 with the release of the play "Imperivm" by the label Depressive Illusions. In 2017, Necromaniac came in and now we are what we are for all your commitment and dedication!
2.So far you have released demo's, compilations and singles, how would yo describe your musical progress from the first to recent recording?
Necromaniac: We have released Eps and compilations so far and since the beginning we have followed the same line of recording and production, all homemade by ourselves, I believe that our sound has never changed, we always maintain the same purposeful and ideal influences. The true Misanthropic Black Metal simple and raw.
Uhtra: The idea is to be as simple as possible. We do not seek virtuosity in our songs. We strive to remain true to style, but always seeking to implement different things that sound right to our ears.
3.From 2013 to 2017 there was no music being released can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Necromaniac: We are a band without pretensions and the initial ideal was to produce the first ep and play on the net ... The Depressive Illusions has released our first ep and I believe that as everything happens naturally in 2017 following the basis of doing something for simple motivation and pure and unpretentious we launched the Black Rituals vol 1, but it was to be released again in k7 but it took a slightly bigger and natural course that made us a little better known, and the band started producing more in the latter years.
Uhtra: I had several difficult periods between the years of 2013 and 2015 and during this time I decided to keep what was until then, a project, saved for a better time. It is worth mentioning that there was never any pretension whatsoever to make several releases just to do. We are sincere about what we are looking for and what we are doing with our band today.
4.Your lyrics also cover a lot of misanthropic and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these terms mean to you?
Necromaniac: We talk about what we live, I'm basically a misanthrope, I do not know any hope I have in mankind within me, so I deal with UTU issues, and that's very true. About anti-Christianity, I do not believe in religions and I do not like them despite being a student of the subject, I believe it is created by humans to enslave them being a hypocritical excuse to be a loser with others. Religion is the cancer of the earth and the church is the largest representative of that cancer.
Uhtra: Until our second release, I tackled themes against society as a whole. After the entry of Necromaniac, I chose not to write more and leave the letters at their own risk.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "UTU'?
Necromaniac: UTU is a Sumerian god, is that of the sun god, justice, law enforcement, and the dispensation of the fate of the dead. It symbolizes the pagan, it is all that the Judeo-Christian culture tried to erase with the times, to fear and to be arrogant, UTU symbolizes for us the strength and the proof of the weakness of the Christianity. Proof that the Church has failed in her domain.
Uhtra: I have always enjoyed studying different cultures, especially distant (or not so distant) cultures of Western culture. After some research I found UTU and that's exactly what Necromaniac said. And as I came across the story, I decided that it fit perfectly into what was being created at that time.
6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Necromaniac: We work very well in a duo and we do not have the idea to increase or change it, inside the UTU the two heads work together with each other, besides we have similar ideas, musical tastes and influences, we would hardly find someone who fit.
Uhtra: True, we perform very well as a duo and we have no pretension to become a band to do tours,
or even a performance.
7.Would the band members be interested in doing live shows if the opportunity ever came?
Necromaniac: We thought, but very difficult to find musicians invited to play with us in the places we want to spend, very difficult today we find also committed people, but who knows in the future?
Uhtra: I agree.
8.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions, Pagan Hammer Zine and "Balrogh Records' on the physical versions of your releases, do you feel these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Necromaniac: We had our first work released by Depressive Illusions, Ep Imperivm, then we released the Black rituals vol 1 on 7ep by Demon Productions and in k7 by Ballrogh, there came the 2013-13 by Balrogh and compilation by Pagan Hammer, we released Black Rituals 2 in 7ep by Demon and in k7 by Balrogh, we launched a 7ep split by Balrogh and we came back with the Depressive Illusions with the Omnipotents UTU k7, and now we will launch our FULL by Wolfblasphemer and Balrogh, we only have to thank all those stamps by the support given to us, were all very important in this journey, as we said from the beginning we did not and did not know that we would do so many things ..
Uhtra: Certainly, thanks to these people we had the chance to spread our work in an honest and sincere way.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Necromaniac: We have the support of the Depressive Illusions that spread to us from the beginning in foreign lands, and I get sometimes contacts from people from other countries and this one being very good, some bands wanting to do split and some releases, we are open to new proposals ... and we thank you for your support.
Uhtra: All contacts are made and cared for by Necromaniac.
10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during th future?
Necromaniac: As I said earlier we are now launching our FULL in May, and we are quite anxious, and we will work hard to publicize this work and distribute it, this is what my mind has been busy at that moment in what it is about our future.
Uhtra: Some full songs were made at different times, retrieved from old files (from 2014 onwards) and reworked for this release. It was an intense work to give textures and the way I had in mind (I mixed and mastered the album).
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Necromaniac: Basically what influenced me is the classic Black Metal, Mayhem, Dark throne, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Marduk ... I have listened a lot this as always, but I also listen to some of the new bands that are coming up. Mgla, listen and I really like old bands like Mortuary Drape, Tribulation, Sarcófago, Amen Corner, Azaghal, Taake, Tjuder among others.
Uhtra: Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, MGLA, Carpathian Forest…
12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Necromaniac: The Occult yes, Satanism itself, but the satanic yes, everything that opposes the church is satanic, so in a more comprehensive way our music is satanic!
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
Necromaniac: Thank you for the interview and the support given to us by UTU. Keep yourself true to yourself, trust only yourself and expect only you, no more be in the insight and your mind will be unshakable. See you.
Uhtra: Thank you so much for the space and for your work with zine! Cheers!