I actually care a great deal about the geographic origin of a band. There is a greater satisfaction to finding a deathrash band from the deepest of South America than there is to finding a black metal band from the US. Nonetheless Inferion offered an challenge I couldn’t resist so I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
From what I understand the band had been put on a hold for some time before this new album surfaced. What was it that prompted this break?
-Well, the major reason was my commitment to the Army. I was always doing shit, training, and going places so it was difficult to find the time to do it. Another reason was that since I’m not a real drummer, I had to do the drums piece by piece on a v drum set and that was a major setback as well. The album was also re-recorded a couple of times because of technical issues and the bands that I was a part of at the time made it hard for me to focus completely on “The Desolate”.
When you’ve been away from the scene and come back does it feel like you start anew from scratch or is there a foundation to keep building on?
-It’s a bit of both, but I would say probably more of the starting from scratch. Besides the people that bought the old albums and supported the band, virtually no one else remembers or has even heard of you. On the other side, the people that do remember you generally continue to support. When we started playing (late 90’s early 00’s), it was difficult to “emerge” to the mainstream underground because there were a lack of good metal advertising outlets that most underground bands could afford.
Something I’ve been noticing is that people’s attention span has decreased. It’s like everybody has ADHD. How do you keep people’s interest alive long enough for them to actually check you out before they move along?
I’ve said the same thing! We keep peoples’ attention by not quitting. It’s easy to forget a band that is together for a year, does some local shows, one big show then disappears as opposed to a band that won’t give up.
You seem to be one of these bands that try to take black metal beyond its roots. In what way differs your black metal from f x Darkthrone’s or Wolves In The throne Room?
-Well, I think WITTR are more varied than we are i.e., clean guitars, elaborate intro’s, etc. They are a phenomenal BM band. Darkthrone is more tradition gritty and dirty. As far as song structure goes, they are both opposite. WITTR very elaborate, Darkthrone more straight forward. We differ from these band’s because we generally have shorter more condensed songs that are more varied in the drum timing aspects and we employ more melodic guitar harmonies. We try to capture the aesthetic concept of whatever album were doing in our music by expanding on our interpretation of Black Metal.
How much of your personal experiences seep into the music and how much of it do you try to keep out of the music? When does the separation of private person and musician occur?
-Not many personal experiences seep into the newer stuff, it does on some of the older stuff (“Infinite Dying Souls” and “Given to the Ground”). Some lyrical concepts were about coping with the death of someone close, and isolation. I was still in high school when I wrote these albums 13 years ago so those concepts were inspiring to me. These days, I try to keep personal experiences out of the music as often as possible. There isn’t any room in our music for personal problems or conflicts. I don’t enjoy dwelling on anything personal. It’s more difficult for people to connect with a band lyrically if all they write about is personal things that the listener has not experienced or they don’t care about.
Are you the kind of band that likes spending time in the studio exploring every possible angle to get the maximum out of the recording session? When do you know that enough’s enough?
-We enjoy spending time in the studio only to get the perfect or near perfect take. A lot of experimentation takes place in the editing process that’s where we spend the most time. It’s hard to tell when enough is enough sometimes.
What is your take on this whole digital download hysteria that seems to exist today, with people wanting music but not willing to pay for it? How long can this go on before it all ends with no new music to consume?
-Ha. Well I’ve always said if you don’t want to buy CD’s, buy vinyl. As an avid Vinyl collector I have little tolerance for pirating music. Whenever I want to hear a new band I’ll go to their page, listen to their music, and if I like it I’ll buy the vinyl, the CD, download the album or support them in another way. I think it has been coming to a slow end ever since the early 2000’s. The ones that suffer most are the underground or emerging bands. Because even if they’re good and people enjoy their music, their “fans” will just burn or rip the album from someone else and save up for the bigger bands new release.
I buy tons of CDs every year but I seem to be a dying specie. On what format do you feel your music is best suited?
You’re not a dying specie, every payday I spend on average 60$ on new music. As I said before I collect vinyl so I would have to say our music is best suited on VINYL.
With such a fierce competitive environment out there how do you go about to get heard the best possible way? How cut throat has the competition for music fans attention become?
-The best way to get your music out there is professional advertising, radio, and playing live. If any of these three aspects are not met, your exposure will suffer. The metal scene has become EXTREMELY more cutthroat! When we started, the internet wasn’t as big as it is now, not everyone had a band, and it was more difficult to record a good sounding CD on an independent budget. The major labels have control of the scene. One sided control is never a good thing. They NEVER sign new or relatively unknown bands. That shit used to happen in the 80’s I guess but not now. So it’s hard to compete with this massive budget and network that these major labels have at their disposal. I say massive because according to most of the independent bands financial situations, it is.
Can we expect a more cohesive Inferion band plan for the future? What does the future hold for the band?
-Absolutely. I’m still in the Army but I can budget my time working on new music much better now. The future holds a new album tentatively entitled “This Will Decay”, more exposure, more promotion and some vinyl. We also have merch (Shirts, and CD’s) available through our sites.