I love Danish metal and have always done. STEEL INFERNO help carry the banner with their take on trad metal. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Steel Inferno was formed in 2012. To start with it was Krzysztof on drums, Lars on guitar and Thiery on bass. At first we were not sure of the direction. When Karen replied to and ad we knew we had something cool going on. The first 1,5 year we spent changing guitar players. When Patrick came on board we could finally start playing shows. So far we have released a demo tape and 7 inch vinyl. Both are also available as download and streaming.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-For me it has probably been going to two very cool festivals. Muskelrock in Sweden and Metal Magic in Denmark. Both festivals have a great spectrum of old as well as new bands playing classic style metal. On a more general level it has been discovering the vast ocean of lesser known bands from the 80s. Bands like Holy Terror, Agent Steel, Savage Grace, Omen and ADX.I could go on. And off course Accept and Judas Priest. But we do not try to sound like any of them.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
A lot of people do not realize how much effort bands put into creating music. It might be easier to record because you can record with computers. But you still need to have the skills for doing it but more importantly to be able to play. Unless you are born with certain gifts it still takes up a lot of time practicing home for many hours.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Yes, it is definitely easier to distribute your music digitally. We put our music on Bandcamp as soon as we released it physically. We are giving it away free with the option to pay. People actually do that even if is there for free.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you
are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Definitely. When Patrick joined the band he forced us to take down some of our first demos that we had put online. First we got pissed. But as he said, do not treat diamonds that way. So then we recorded some more proper demos. Sometimes you need a filter of some kind before you go public. Your friends and family will always tell you it sounds good so you need ask somebody else. When releasing through a label was the only option the bar was perhaps higher due to the costs of production.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Most of the reviews have been great or really great. So we are happy. It is funny how some people tend to hear certain influences in our music. Sometimes even from bands I did not know of. For instance Chastain. Most of the response have been outside of Denmark actually. The classic heavy metal is not that big around here. Or perhaps they have yet to discover Steel Inferno…
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-When a guy from Malaysia wanted to trade EPs. Unfortunately we had to give it up due to too high costs for tax and postage.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-I am so happy to be able to give something back to the scene. It feels so good to be able to contribute and not just be consume. The metal scene is definitely the one of the most dedicated music scenes.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger
-Playing live is why we do it. It is nice to have your own cassette and vinyl released and to hear your music online. But nothing beats those 40 minutes of pure adrenaline rush. There is a whole different energy. We have experienced a lot of people coming up to us after the shows saying they were surprised how good we sounded live. Not sure if it due to the fact that we all do not look that “metal” with hundreds of patches and so. Once somebody asked if Karen our
singer was mother to someone in the band…
What plans do you have for the future?
-Hopefully play some festivals. But very soon we are releasing our debut album. It will be titled ‘Aesthetics of Decay’.