Today it doesn’t matter if you come from Outer Mongolia, you still have the same chance of making it. INFERNAL DIATRIBE is another example of non Western bands that are out to blow your skull to pieces with a total blast of metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We believe that art cannot be perceived in a specific or quantified manner – the emotions evoked after listening to a certain kind of sound will invariably be different for everyone. But Infernal Diatribe aims at arousing a sense of consciousness; a consciousness which would lead to a realisation of sorts. We intend to evoke an amalgamation of repressed emotions, where people can internalise our extreme sound in ways that would prove to be cathartic.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Starting as Aghori a couple of years back, our initial music was influenced by the idea of the pursuit of truth in the fashion of the Aghori, whose life is a testament of the desire to seek beyond what constitutes our mortal coil. In fact, we still celebrate that strain of belief, but only in a harsher, more ruthless manner. When we call ourselves Infernal Diatribe, we want people to understand that we deliver a kind of cold, harsh, & bitter realism mingled with raw spiritual occultism. The aura around our name and our sound aims to produce a similar effect: that we stand for the bitter truth, no matter how painful or harrowing.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Of course, we were influenced by the mammoth forces who have shaped the course of black metal along the decades. While we cannot pinpoint specific influences, we were, and still are, influenced by Mayhem, Gorgoroth and obviously, Bathory. Artistic inspiration is everywhere – the pages of history along with our present world are rife with it. Atrocious wars, generations of hatred and systematic deceit, the negligence of the forces of nature by modern man – anything and everything. We want to use the negative forces to construct something meaningful.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-I think it was a bit of both, where a group of likeminded people came together to fulfill a creative vision. It was a difficult process. We stumbled now and then, sometimes groping in the dark, but there were moments were everything fit, and we were able to produce something constructive and cohesive. It was a matter of years, 6 years to be exact, to be exactly sure about what we would like to create and deliver as artists. Things just clicked as we rode along.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-True, times are changing, and so are ways of listening to music. While it’s true that the album format is more difficult to produce and market these days, but at the same time we believe that the album won’t die an easy death. There will always be people who would prefer a carefully constructed, thematically rich album over a single track. Well, that’s the dream anyway.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-A seminal role. For example, the dark and sombre artwork of our EP, Videha Mukti, captures the tone and mood of our sound. We believe that the best way to attract our audience is to creatively and honestly communicate to them about our message through our artwork/layout, and what we stand for. But mostly, we let our music speak for itself.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Music promotion has undergone a social media revolution, and it is undoubtedly a good platform to reach out to our audience. But it’s not the only way of reaching out to people that we resort to, as we think that performing in gigs provide a more enthralling outlet. But at the same time, we do acknowledge that it has played a staggering role to shape and define the music scene today.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-We are definitely part of a scene, yes, but as for something grander, that is yet to fully materialize. The scene as of now is in an advanced nascent state – fragmented, yet a throbbing organism – and we intend to add quality to it and escalate it as much as we can. It would be marvelous to be part of a grand, diverse, musically alive and ingenious metal scene someday.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Definitely. Tours and gigs are beautiful ways of spreading our musical ideology and interacting with our audience. We have had a few local gigs, and would love to venture elsewhere, even overseas. But unfortunately, the current Indian scene does not present upcoming bands with enough gigs, but hopefully, the scenario will improve.

What will the future bring?
-Currently, we are working on our official music video for our EP which came out last month. The future holds more projects which will delve into the entangled webs of the human psyche and the physical world, and we plan to hit the studio by the end of this year. We intend to continue to weave the veil of soulmaking.

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