Infernal War hailing from Poland offers one hell of a brutal death/black slap on the band’s third output called AXIOM. The fast raw, but above all razor sharp played riffs with the hyberblasting drums create the infernal sonic torture. Infernal War’s brutal uncompromising deadly stuff appeals to any extreme fan out there for sure. Here is the chat with the frontman of Infernal War Herr Warcrimer.
Interview and live pics by Arto Lehtinen
Good day how’s it going in the Infernal War camp ?
Well, good by our standards, I think. After our 2 shows in the US in December 2015, we had some lazy time, but now we rehearse again preparing for upcoming shows and slowly working on new songs. In the meantime we recorded some new stuff with other bands of ours – Voidhanger and Breathing Hell.
The most recent output called AXIOM is an excellent piece of skilled brutal and uncompromising death/black metal. Could you tell how you came up the title for the album, what does it describe the album and material in general ?
AXIOM refers to the great darkness in man and beyond. Some people try to ignore it, hide it in their subconsciousness or simply deny it, but we know the beast never sleeps and it’s always there. We feel its presence in our lives, we accept it, we praise it and live it, it burns us from inside, but at the same time, it pushes us forward. The lyrics on AXIOM are much more bitter, darker, introvert and more personal so the title is not so obvious this time. Of course, their form must fit the music, but most of them is much more reflective, though I know it’s not what is generally expected from us. Well, I’m older, colder and more bitter. You can also relate the title to our music that evolves, but the core remains the same.
The sounds on AXIOM is definitely powerful raw, but yet brutal and above all deadly. Obviously you have to be extremely pleased with how the album in terms of sounds and how songs turned out, but is there any particular issues which should have been carried out in another way ?
Yes, we are really satisfied with the sound. It’s massive and powerful, but without any loudness war crap that plagues many good albums. In retrospect, I think it could be a bit rawer, but I see no reason to complain.
Judging by the name of the band the lyrics tend to be dealing with the war issues. But what kind of topics influence you to write about ? What is the main source of inspiration to have ideas for songs ? And do you have a certain mood to write the lyrics down on the paper ?
In the early days, the band’s lyrics were more one-dimensional. Primitive Devil worship, genocide, death worship, antichristian themes etc, but with each release the lyrics have been gravitating more towards the exploration of spiritual darkness, spitting out all the bitterness and rather nihilistic stance towards the world around. The lyrics on AXIOM deal with my personal beliefs and emotions – real, true and darker than before. Of course, they’re still written in the form that fits Infernal War. Things evolve, it’s natural, I guess, but the band’s name will stay with us until the end.
Do you think setting the goal and ambitions for the AXIOM album after the previous album was one sort of challenging task and aim to top what you have done before ?
I don’t think so. I mean everything we do is just a natural process, spontaneous and intuitive. There’s no place for calculation. We may talk about some vibes and general direction, but in the end it’s all about a proper feeling. There was no big pressure, I knew it would be our best album when I heard early rehearsal versions of some songs. Of course, it’s my opinion. Those who expected a clone of Terrofront may be disappointed.
What kind of things did you pay attention while writing and composing new tunes for AXIOM ?
Proper feeling, coherence and quality.
What are the main part of the song writing process of Infernal War ; Brutality, catchiness, barbaric sounding material ?
There in no particular pattern. The whole process is spontaneous. Of course – hateful intensity, brutality and some kind catchiness deeply rooted in old school are parts of our style, but it’s comes naturally. We don’t give a fuck about being the fastest or the most brutal band in any niche. We want to create music that has a meaning, at least to us.
Agonia Rec has unleashed most of the albums and outputs of Infernal War by now. I can’t help if other labels expressed the interest to get Infernal War signed ? And have you been pleased with Agonia in general ?
Yes, our co-operation with Agonia works pretty well. We got some offers from good, well-known labels, but Agonia’s offer was simply better. Besides, we live in the same country, we know each other and so far, we’ve been satisfied with their work for us.
The previous full length opus came out already in 2007 whereas AXIOM was unleashed in 2015, that’s big a huge time gap between albums, I can’t help asking if you were overworked with other bands or is it just a normal way of working of Infernal War to have such a long time gap between albums ?
It’s hard to say. We are involved in other bands, but neither of them was the reason for the gap between Redesekration and AXIOM. The fact that we live in different places was not a reason, either. It just happened and there was no pressure. We played some rehearsals, did some exclusive shows, recorded 5 brand new songs for Conflagrator mLP and 3 new songs for split with Kriegsmaschine, but we didn’t started to work on AXIOM untill 2012, I think. Nothing particular happened, but now we’re back and active more than ever before.
As for the studio where AXIOM has been processed, No Solace Studio, the albums by the Mgla VOIDHANGER etc have been recorded there, could you tell a bit more about the studio, why did you end recording AXIOM there ?
We chose No Solace, because we recorded there 2 albums of Voidhanger and the results were great. No Solace is actually a rehearsal room of Mgła.
How does No Solace Studio differ from Radioaktywni Studio (aka Radioactive Studios) where the previous albums Terrorfront and Redesekration were recorded ?
It differs a lot. Radiokaktywni is a big, professional studio in which many mainstream rock/pop albums were recorded and mixed. No Solace is, like I said, a rehearsal room of Mgla, but as you can hear, the sound of AXIOM is great.
The Mgla member M has been behind the desk monitoring the recording process, obviously he was the right guy to process AXIOM ?
M. as all the necessary gears and knowledge of sound engineering, but at the same time he was raised on ugly and disgusting black metal and he hates modern plastic sound and loudness war as much we do. He was the rightt person to process AXIOM and we considered no other one.
What does the frontcover symbolize ?
The front cover refers to the meaning of the title and most of the lyrics, especially the closing title track which sums up AXIOM perfectly. It compiles several symbols and ideas into a consistent cover. I think it’s good to leave some space for interpretation, we are straightforward enough.
You have been around since 1997, what made you start a band back then ?
I wasn’t in the band back then, but like in case of many other bands, it was the need to channel our beliefs or spit out our hatred through extreme music we all love. Simple as that.
You started out as Infernal SS, did you face problems because of the name ?
Some controversies, yes, but I don’t really care. It’s actually pretty funny as we have a lot of supporters and friends in South America or Asia, but it’s white social justice workers who try to find evil nazis everywhere, even in their own ranks. Fuck them all and fuck the world.
Infernal War used to sport with the corpse paints in the older pics, but instead now you seem to have got rid of them and in general modified the look reminding me slightly of Angelcorpse. Was it a main purpose to make some kind of distance from several other so called extreme bands wearing the corpsepaints ?
There was no particular purpose in giving up corpse paint. We just felt it was the right moment to change something, that’s it. I have nothing against using corpse paint and I even consider using its basic form on stage in the future, but at this moment we feel that the music, the lyrics, the artwork and the band photos make AXIOM a pretty consistent release. W don’t need to take distance from anyone as we are pretty far from what’s popular in nowadays black metal anyway.
Infernal War aint that active band as far as I know. Are you going to have another longer hiatus before start working the next output, or are you going to rush what comes releasing the new next material ?
No, we’re not going to have any hiatus at the moment. Actually, we are pretty active now. Of course, we’re busy, grown up men who have their jobs and obligations, what’s more, we live in different places, but Infernal War is alive and well. We’re slowly working on new songs
Infernal War unleashed the blasting metal assault at the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival in Finland a while ago. What kind of place and festival do you appreciate to play at ?
Black Flames Of Blasphemy was a blast and it was great to see all those great bands. We enjoy events that inlcude good bands and are organized by serious individuals.
Before concluding the interview, name the five essential albums that you still blast out of the stereo even nowadays as you did years years ago
Oh, being into different genres of music for over 2 decades makes it really impossible. Well, “Persecution Mania”, “Pleasure To Kill”, “Under The Sign Of The Black Mark”, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” or “Abominations Of Desolation” changed my life forever and I still love them, but I can say the same about many other metal albums as well as early The Cure, Bauhaus, Laibach, Einsturzende Neubauten or Talking Heads. A list of my all time favorites of all genres would be longer than this interview 😉
I for one thank you for your time to do the interview for Metal-Rules.Com, the last words are yours…
Thanks for your interest and support. I hope we’ll play in Finland again this year. Long live perdition
A new era in the history of Austrian based record label Napalm Records has begun, and this is it! The signing of the mighty HammerFall is now official – signed, sealed and inked in blood! HammerFall – the saviours of Heavy Metal and one of the most influential and best Metal bands on the globe are now under the wings of the double-headed eagle! A band which is not only a house-hold name worldwide, guaranteed for delivering high-quality music and furious live shows for the past two decades, HammerFall have been the undisputed masters of ground-breaking anthems since the start of their remarkable career in 1993! What is most exciting about HammerFall is that the band is still on the rise and hungry for even more – and now have a label partner by their side that is willing to go above and beyond to make this happen. This partnership is set to conquer the music world!
HammerFall have proven to be much more throughout all these years – aside from their obvious devotion and dedication, the guys have always shown themselves to be extremely hard-working, but above all, down to earth human beings who inspire fans with their music. It is rare to see an established band maintain and grow their status over such a long period of time. This is one of the many reasons Napalm Records is so proud, honored, and even humbled to announce the signing of mighty HammerFall! This partnership is not just one of the most exciting and high class signings for Napalm Records in their history to date, but it is also an important step for the band, as it marks their monumental 10th studio album and beyond. Napalm Records is planning a massive world-wide campaign for this upcoming masterpiece to be released on November 4, 2016 that will leave mouths ajar in all corners of the globe! HammerFall & Napalm Records will make history together in 2016 and beyond!
Joacim Cans, HammerFall singer:
“After two exciting decades in the line of metal duty I feel that signing with Napalm Records is the necessary step we need to take in order to grow as a band and reach the next level.
Even-though we’ve been around for such a long time we are still hungry and craving for more. There are still territories left to conquer and metal hymns left to write.
In the past Napalm has proven to be a very strong and reliable label with great success and chart entries with bands like W.A.S.P., Monster Magnet, Kamelot and Powerwolf.”
Oscar Dronjak, HammerFall guitarist:
“HammerFall has been very successful and happy with Nuclear Blast for almost 20 years, but in order for us to continue to grow as a band and reach new heights we needed a fresh challenge. This felt like a right and necessary step at this point in our careers, in order to keep moving forward and upward at a high speed. We view this label change as an opportunity to create something special, and firmly believe our best times are still ahead of us. That’s why we’re very, very excited to work with the people at Napalm Records for our upcoming, 10th studio album!”
Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, states:
“The signing of this extraordinary band is the major milestone for Napalm Records. HammerFall’s signing unlocks a lifetime achievement for all of us at Napalm Records, but also for me personally as well! We put all of our efforts into making this happen as a team, as we believe HammerFall are one of the Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time, and this is just the start of a huge world-wide campaign. Fans can feel rest assured that we will spare no efforts to make HammerFall bigger than they have ever been!”
In a career that spans nearly 30 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. Best known for his work with hard rock band Rainbow, during his career, Turner fronted pop rock band Fandango, and had stints with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple. From the mid 1990s, he worked with various musical groups (Mother’s Army, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, etc.), while pursuing a solo career.
Now, much to the excitement of Joe Lynn Turner fans worldwide, Cleopatra Records is issuing a vintage unreleased live album from the vaults of legendary hard rock vocalist of the mighty Rainbow titled “Street Of Dreams – Boston 1985”. Recorded during the tour of Turner’s newly released debut solo album “Rescue You”, the set includes a couple of nods to Rainbow with brilliant renditions of “Stone Cold,” (Rainbow’s first ever Top 40 US single) as well as “Street Of Dreams!”
Says Joe about the concert recording, “That night at the Boston Paradise, it was outstanding. I can remember seeing the audience and I remember there was an awkward pillar – I guess it was a support column in front – not directly in front, but enough to block some of the view. But the stage was an actual concert stage. Aerosmith and all those guys used to always play there, the Paradise.
“So I can remember actually going on and playing the set, how it felt because it was absolutely exhilarating, and the audience was just crazy.”
A year out from departing Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, whom he led through three classic albums earlier in the decade, Turner had just released his first solo album, “Rescue You”, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. This live show was, for obvious reason, weighted towards Rescue You.
Joe recalls, “This was our first tour out, and I’m not sure if we were opening for someone at the Paradise, but if we were, then they had a pretty difficult time because the crowd was absolutely bananas for us, and we were hot. We were really on top of our game, the whole band and it sounds it, you can hear it, everyone is playing with incredible energy and enthusiasm and very precise.”
Accompanying Turner was the band that recorded the album, a tight unit of Bobby Messano – (guitar, background vocals), Alan Greenwood (keyboards), Chuck Burgi (drums) plus one newcomer, Barry Dunaway (bass).
1. I Found Love
2. Losing You
3. Soul Searcher
4. Young Hearts
6. Rescue You
7. Stone Cold
8. Street Of Dreams
9. Feel The Fire
10. Guitar Solo / Good Girls Gone Bad
11. Get Tough
12. On The Run
13. Them Changes
VARDIS were forged out of Glam, Punk, Heavy Metal, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great Rockers and electric bluesmen of the 50s and 60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of Hard Rock and Punk in the 70s, and achieving prominence in the 80s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the Vardis brand of Hard Rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.
In March 2014, Steve Zodiac began remastering the Vigilante album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, Vardis reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the UK and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began. After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith’s side project Blues Band, Vardis set to work on their first new material in nearly 30 years.
Founder Steve Zodiac: “Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in ’76.
The cover art was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for Nightmare on Elm Street, Basket Case and The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.
The Swedish band Europe is again on tour in this second leg of the 2015 released album WAR OF KINGS. On first part of the 2015 tour, the band covered a small handful of cities across North America, which included Headlining at the Monsters of Rock in Miami, then Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York, Uncasville just outside of New York City and at the M3 Festival. The band continued playing at European festivals in the summer of 2015 and having more shows around Europe in Fall/Winter of 2015. They were in fact in our homeland Finland just last September, hitting Tampere and Helsinki on September 27 and 28 2015. The USA Tour had been very successful to the point the band had mentioned returning in North America in early 2016. Now well into the 2016, Europe has kept the promise made of re-touring the USA and went back one more time to play in more areas of North America, starting from Northern California, spanning from more West Coast locations into the Mid-West, some northern casino cities and the Southeast. The full list of the city was: San Jose, CA, Anaheim, CA, Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA, Las Vegas NV, Chandler AZ, Badlands SD, Lawrence KS, Shawnee OK, Dallas and Houston TX, Ft Lauderdale, Pinella’s Park, Orlando FL, Biloxi MS and Atlanta GA. It seems they will be bound to return to North America again without letting 10 years go by again for another American tour, judging from the great turn out of these 2015 and 2016 concerts. And it looks like this year has an important anniversary: February 15, 1986 saw the release of their most popular, majestic hit single, “ The Final Countdown”. While there is already some talk of celebrations for the occasion, we thought of sitting down with the drummer, Ian Haugland of Europe to hear more about this, before assisting to their Lake Buena Vista Concert at The House of Blues in Orlando.
A sold-out show awaited Saturday night in Camden’s esteemed concert venue, The Underworld. While London was the second to last date of Canadians Kataklysm’s massive European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted in tow, it was all the more reason to see a high-octane gig take place, especially regarding how rarely Septicflesh themselves are able to play the UK. After tonight, it’s only fair that UK promoters take notes to invite all three bands to play the British isles more often.
In anticipation of his upcoming book, “18 and LIFE on SKID ROW,” iconic rocker Sebastian Bach will embark on a US Spring Tour that will incorporate an intimate acoustic set followed by a full electric live show.
“‘An Evening with Sebastian Bach’. No, that doesn’t mean we’re going to end up in the back of a police car. It means that for selected shows on the upcoming tour, we want to do something brand-new. Let’s bring the music back to its purest form. We have been touring a lot in the last few years so it’s time to do something different. You’re going to get two sets for the price of one. We’re going to open up the show with some stripped-down tunes, re-set the stage, and then come back with the Big Guns”, says Bach. The tour kicks off on April 27 in Jacksonville, FL and wraps up in Salt Lake City on June 3rd. Tickets go on sale Friday March 4th, at 10AM local time. VIP package upgrade will be available athttp://www.sebastianbachlive.com/
His upcoming memoir “18 AND LIFE ON SKID ROW” is now set to release June 28th through Dey Street books. “Pushing the book gives us the opportunity to really finish it properly. The publishers asked me for 30 pictures. I gave them 150. There are easy ways to do memoirs, simple ways to do biographies. What separates these books is the archival content. ’18 and LIFE on Skid Row’ could also be called the Skid Row Archives. I am giving you my personal collection, photos, & documents none of you have ever seen. A lot of them. I look forward to the book release and the book tour following the book release. If I am going to go on a tour of book stores, I have to really be into the book. June 28th release date gives us an extra month to pay attention to detail. In a project of this scope there are many details.”
In his memoir, Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. Filled with never before seen photos from his own personal collection, 18 and Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age, and of creatively reeling from a band that broke up in its prime.
From a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family, and then his home, this is a tale of perseverance, of wine, women and song, and of a man who has made his life on the road. 18 And Life on Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.
4/3 Sunrise, FL @ Rockfest*
4/27 Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
4/28 John’s Creek, GA @ 37 Main
4/29 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
4/30 Orlando, FL @ Moonstone Music Festival*
5/01 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
5/04 Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House
5/05 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/06 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
5/07 Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/08 Baton Rouge, LA @ Lava Cantina
5/10 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
5/11 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Ballroom
5/13 Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
5/14 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
5/15 Falls Church, VA @ The State Theater
5/17 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
5/18 New York, NY @ BB Kings
5/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
5/20 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
5/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
5/24 Cincinnati. OH @ Bogart’s
5/25 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
5/26 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
5/27 Toledo, OH @ Ohio Bike Week*
5/28 Dubuque, IA @ Mystique Casino
5/29 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma*
5/31 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
6/01 Lincoln, NE @ Vega
6/02 Engelwood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
6/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
First North American Shows In Support of His Latest Solo Album Brand New Revolution
Gus G. – Brand New Revolution
World renowned, Greek guitar phenomenon, GUS G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), will embark on a mini North American headlining tour from April 15th to April 24th. Be sure to either see below or head over to http://www.gusgofficial.com for all tour dates and any additional information and daily updates. (see attached ad-mat)
GUS G states: “I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be joined by some amazing musicians on my upcoming N. American dates. Jeramie Klinger (drums) and Taylor Nordberg (bass), both from The Absence and on vocals we have the one and the only Rob Rock of Impelliteri! Rob and I have been friends for many years, we toured Japan back in 2004 and have also co-written the title track of Rob’s solo album, Garden Of Chaos, a few years ago. I couldn’t be happier that we will finally tour together again. This tour just got more special. The shows will be intimate, packed & loud. Make sure not to miss it.
“I will be playing mainly material from my two solo albums, but there will be some classic Firewind, Ozzy and Black Sabbath songs sprinkled into the set as well. These shows are not to be missed.”
Brand New Revolution was recorded with Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc.). Just as on “I Am The Fire”, the core of GUS G.’s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O’ Brien (Lita Ford band) on bass.
The album’s ripping, all-instrumental lead-off track, “The Quest,” can also now be streamed exclusively at the link below.
“What Lies Below” Official Music Video Featuring Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) On Vocals
German power metal force IRON SAVIOR has completed work on their upcoming new album, titled “Titancraft”, which will be released on CD, Digipak, ltd. clear Vinyl & ltd. box set On AFM Records!
Cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco.
1. Under Siege (Intro)
3. Way Of The Blade
4. Seize The Day
6. Beyond The Horizon
7. The Sun Won’t Rise In Hell
8. Strike Down The Tyranny
9. Brother In Arms
10. R&R Addiction (Ldt. Bonus)
11. I Surrender
13. Protector 2016 (Ltd. Bonus)