[INTERVIEW] Surdus to play at Botswana metal Festival ‘Rock the Nation’

Surdus are a relatively new band from South Africa. Formed in 2012, they released their début album Tarnished by Decay in September 2016. Their sound is very modern and somewhat unique, utilizing near constant symphonic/synth elements against a groovy deathcore backbone. Surdus have experienced major lineup changes, with three of five members leaving the band in 2015. But that has not set them back, releasing their début album only a year later and heavily gigging in its support.

Audioinferno: How would describe your sound, for those not familiar with the band?
Surdus:

We define our sound as Symphonic Groove Metal. We incorporate elements of melodic death metal, groove metal and we blend it with orchestral elements.

Audioinferno: Is this your first time playing up in Botswana?
Surdus:

Yeah, this is a début Botswana gig.

Audioinferno: What other international metal fests have you played?
Surdus:

We haven’t been opportuned to play internationally yet. But we’ve played with some amazing local bands. E.g. When Megalodon toured from Cape Town.

Audioinferno: You released your debut Tarnished by Decay last year. Have you done lots of touring/gigging in support of the album?
Surdus:

We released Tarnished By Decay in October 2016 and we played some great shows including Ragnarok to promote the album. No official album tour was done yet as we’ve endured a little turmoil with changing members. But that’s settled now and finally a year later we’ve been given the opportunity to play in Botswana, Cape Town and Bloemfontein and we’ll use this to punt the album majorly. We’ve also got An EP coming later this year.

Audioinferno: How and when was the band formed?
Surdus:

In 2012, one of my best mates from university told me he was putting together a band and asked if I wanted in. We took our time to become a tight gigging unit. The 3 out of 5 members left the band for work/family reasons. We reinvented ourselves instead of giving up on what we’ve worked so hard on.

Audioinferno: Any plans to release recorded material in the near future?
Surdus:

Yeah. An EP later this year and hopefully another full-length next year. I’m pretty busy recording other projects so I’m going to be releasing a lot of other material in future.

Audioinferno: Do you find that there will be challenging obstacles in the process of releasing recorded material?
Surdus:

I think the biggest challenge is distribution and marketing. Bands are not the best business people. You produce a quality product and people need to know about it.

Audioinferno: What is your take on the state of the African rock/metal scene?
Surdus:

I cannot comment on all of Africa. Hell, I cannot even comment on all of South Africa. But in general, in South Africa the scene is growing from strength to strength. Bands are releasing quality albums and merch. The only negative I see is that there is still a lot of nepotism – and this needs to change so that the real quality bands are to come to the forefront.

Audioinferno: Is your fan-base primarily domestic, primary African/neighbouring scenes, or worldwide?
Surdus:

I cannot comment on all of Africa. Hell, I cannot even comment on all of South Africa. But in general, in South Africa the scene is growing from strength to strength. Bands are releasing quality albums and merch. The only negative I see is that there is still a lot of nepotism – and this needs to change so that the real quality bands are to come to the forefront.

Audioinferno: Any plans on playing gigs in Europe or the Americas, where rock/metal is biggest?
Surdus:

I’d love to get overseas. Definitely an European tour. But funding such an event is an undertaking and I’d like us to mature a bit more as a band. More albums and more local tours.

Audioinferno: What do you think you and other African bands can do to spread knowledge of the scene and bands worldwide?
Surdus:
Record and release quality material. The secret is to not spend all your money on the recording process but rather where it counts, on mixing and mastering. Then you’ll create a great product. There’s organisations out there that can help, E.g. Draconem Records.
Support your local bands \m/

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