INERNAL WAR – Herr Warcrimer

March 8th, 2016



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 491192you 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 IMG_6532think 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 IMG_6536school 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 149989Redesekration 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 ?IMG_6547

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, 59489or 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

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Black Flames Of Blasphemy : All Must End – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

December 4th, 2015




Black Flames Of Blasphemy is a myth and icon of the nihilistic and barbaric death/black metal in the catacomb of the underground. The festival has proved to be the most interesting event on the metal map already since 2009 with the most intensive and truest underground acts in line-up. The VI event has been advertised as “All Must End” meaning this will be the last Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival for the time being.


Thursday – Warm Up Day


The three piece combo Ride For Revenge’s raw and even ritualistic sounding performance were brutal and even nihilistic. The rolling and crushing sounds were tremendous depressing. Describing the stuff of Ride For Revenge and their barbaric sounding set is definitely beyond the essential mandatory describing as it has to be experienced by yourself.

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Obscure Burial’s primitive death metal fitted to the warm-up day perfectly. Even though Ride For Revenge’s savage and brutal performance turned out to be cruel therefore Obscure Burial sounded a bit soft. But Obscure Burial’s savage outcome with the murderous riff was truly how the death metal should sound and the way how a band should look with the leather and spikes.


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Destroyer 666 enjoys the true loyal and cult following. That could be testified as the venue was totally packed when the the destroyers hit the stage. The frontman KK Warslut whipped the audience by offering the true evil blacked thrashing influenced stuff for the banging maniacs. The set consisted of all the so called D666 classic ones and the Motorhead cover Iron Fist dedicated to the late Phil Animal Taylor and Slayer’s Black Magic as an unexpected bonus in the end. The four piece sounded awesome tight and definitely uncompromising raw for sure.


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The official two-day festival started by a relatively unknown Russian black metal trio called Blackwinged. The trio’s black metal was a combination of the blackened thrash stuff ala AuraNoir/Inferno and the grimmest Norse black metal with some epic riffs. The guys gotta spend the time on developing the unique style for the forthcoming future.


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Judging by the name of the outfit it could have been expected to hear some darkened gothic influenced stuff or some eerie black metal. Instead the stuff was a hybrid mix of black meets thrash with some rocking parts. The skinny Swenssons’ blackened thrash sounded a bit odd choice amongst the other festival outfits. The way of the look of the outfit was more kind of denim and leather Obviously the singer may have found the whole event funny by clapping ala Ozzy Osbourne. Okei guys, focus on the brutality of deathrash and skip those Ozzy and rock manners.

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If the Swedes offered the more blackened thrash whereas Hell Militia from France stood for the uncompromising raw death/black metal. As far as their gig is concerned well the Frenchmen truly sounded brutal and uncompromising brutal for sure. The band hammered the barbaric and nihilistic riffs with the tight grip thru the whole 45 set minute.

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Xibalba enjoys one kind of cult status in the underground as already formed in the early of the 90’s. Even though the revamped Xibalba hit the stage, but following their playing and performance gave a bit of the skeptical feeling. The band sounded as if they were playing out of tune all the time. Even though Xibalba sounds sophiscated fine on outputs, for gigs the Mexican cult metallers should rehearse a bit more.


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Mayhemic Truth is basically Morrigan- what the biggest difference then ? Well it is hard to say cos Beliar (used ? to) front(s) both the bands, apart from a drummer seat can be a bit changeable or windy. Well Mayhemic Truth is a rarely witness outfit on the stage, therefore the audience had gathered to have suitable places to witness Beliar. The stuff is kind of the epic Bathory era with the obvious black metal references. The sounds of the guitar were enourmous massive for sure. The band did an one hour set with the Venom cover Countess Bathory.


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The Motorheadish rock stuff at the black metal festival, well.. As for Midnight, the band is such an extra ordinary outfit as they share the stage with different sort of bands. Midnight’s reckless and relentless straightforward played the rocking hard stuff caused the ballistic reaction and respond amongst the audience. The three piece’s simple and catchy motorheadish rocking riff sounded raw and a perfect way to enjoy cold drinks and bang head off. Midnight is such an interesting act with three guys whose faces are covered with black hoods because of a hybrid of the blasting rock with the certain extreme metal elements tied up.

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The long time Canadian black metal horde Blasphemy was the highly expressed band in the first edition of Black Flames Of Blasphemy back in 2009. Therefore no advance announcement about the final band of the event was ever published. However it was unsurprisingy Blasphemy which had the prilivege to conclude the Friday night. The five piece’s offered the brutal and savage and above all barbaric performance. Blasphemy doesn’t show the mercy of any kind and bow to the knee down to please the audience. Black Winds’ raw growling and ripping solos by Caller Of The Storm and Deathlord are trademarked elements of the grim and sadistic bizarre sonic assault of Blasphemy.


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The Polish death/black squad’s latest opus AXION turned out to be one hell of blasting brutality. The five piece Polish squad hammered the intensive grip by offering the set of the deadly metal. The guys have rehearsed in order to sound as tight as hell and truly outstanding brutal, but knowing how to slow down a bit before putting the full death metal force on. Infernal War is an extreme fine death metal squad with the brutal and technical riffs without loosing the catchiness in songs. The band proved to be a real tight playing squad on the stage, giving a perfect lesson of how death metal is supposed to sound.


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Irkallian Oracle’s ritualistic show and performance with the cold dark and brutal sonic was the purest nilish at its best for sure. The whole gig and set was an utter worshipping of the darkness and the barbarism in the sounds of Irkallian Oracle. The whole occultical show was crowned by bells, incenses and all kinds of other occult related things. The sounds of Irkallian Oracle were dominating and crushing. The whole performance by Irkallian Oracle with the gloomy looking cloaks under the less lit stage looked and sounded more than obscure in a way. The band did an outstanding set to prove one of the highlights of the whole fest.


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Funeral Winds from Holland presented the more traditional black metal approach. The singer entire covered in blood reminded slightly of the frontman of Impaled Nazarene and in general some similarities and mind association between two bands popped up while following their gig. However Funeral Winds’ blackish sounded quite pale after Irkallian Oracle’s sonic torment.


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Goat Semen hailing from Peru was one of those bands of the fest having travelled from the farest corner of the world for the fest. Goat Semen stands for the barbaric and brutal South American black metal force. The four piece is definitely heavily influenced by the old Sarcofago and of course the legendary Blasphemy. The blasphemous and chaotic songs with the sadistic insane growling were the obvious trademarks of the South American and in this case barbaric and brutal Peruvian black metal.


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Varathron was one of the first bands presenting the first wave of the true Greek black metal over 25 years ago along with Rotting Christ, Necromantia. The band has undergone several line-up changes, but the mastermind and the leader of the outfit Stephen Necroabyssions has stayed the loyal to the ancient roots of the black metal. Varathron hit the stage by, especially the older songs still sounded and breathes the ancient Greek black metal identify and it can be recognized and worshipped.


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The Norwegian Mysticum had the utter privilege to conclude the last ever Black Flames Of Blasphemy festivals. The drums had been roadie away from the stage and had been replaced by a wide back screen. Several lighsystems had been placed on the stage to create the visual perspective for the show of Mysticum. The three piece unleashed the infernal maelstrom of the industrialized black metal. The visual aspects played the magnificent role creating the near epilepsy syndrome. Mysticum’s apocalyptic sonic assault was an extreme way of concluding the mighty Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival.


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The last ever Black Flames Of Blasphemy is now over and obviously will never ever happen again. The whole Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival has been a tremendous success one since the first event when Blasphemy started. The whole organization behind the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival has done a lethal job by going into the catacomb of the real underground of death/black and delivered the most barbaric, sadistic, rawest and above all the legendary names to the audience up here in Finland. It is definitely sure those guys behind the festival will bring other cult bands.

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Black Flames Of Blasphemy Festival 2013 – Helsinki Finland

November 24th, 2013


The infamous black friday came early in Helsinki this year in the form of the fourth Black Flames OF Blasphemy festival. And in the black friday you must spend your money. (Un)fortunately there was not that many sellers around, just one distro and the table with band merchandise, so the real soul of the underground metal scene, the hoarding of vinyl records and the other merchandise was not omnipresent like in some other festivals. We came to hear and see the latest goodies from the black/death scene and we did just that. Here is the brief article of the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival.

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova

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BLACK FLAMES OF BLASPHEMY III: The 3rd Invocation Gloria, Helsinki Finland

December 6th, 2012
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Black Flames Of Blasphemy

The third traditional Black Mass Of Blasphemy festival was arranged by the KRK organization who struggled with all kinds of unexpected problems. The event received controversial headlines in the local press when it came up that one of the performers represented Nazi ideology. But whatever, the festival consisted of brutal, grim, evil sounding and looking bands and dedicated/passionate extreme fans. As for the bands in general,  the offering would be nothing but an utter wet dream for underground black metal maniacs. was present witnessing the blackest black metal of the underground.

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