1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band and what inspired you to play the form of the music that you play?
Hi, it was very simple. We are big fans of metal music for a lot of years, music is important part of our lifes. We were 15 years old when we began to feel UG scene. We became big fans of all the old thrash, black and death metal bands, record´s collectors and true musical fanatics. We wanted to be in that machinery, to be a part of this thought of great united fight for filling musical yearning, so we decided to found the band. We were fascinated by essences of death, darkness, occultism, old horror movies,… and black metal was reasoned genre and way that we wanted to take. Of course, we were very satisfied by wave of norwegian black metal bands at that time, so all of these circumstances led us to founding the beast INFERNO.
2. How would you describe the music of Inferno?
I think that our present production is very different from our older stuff in some points. Nowadays I can say the musical face has crystallized and actual form and structure is the closest to us. From my opinion we can designate present INFERNO as apocalyptic black metal.
3. Where did you come up with the idea for the band name?
There´s nothing special and mystic. We were 15 years old when we founded the band, so we didn´t think about the name very much. We wanted name that would describe black metal music and everything connected with that exactly and simply, name with essence of deepness, occultism, spiritism etc…INFERNO has everything like that. Admittedly the name was found unoriginal in the course of time and a lot of bands with similar name exist over the world but we have this name for 13 years. We didn´t want to change the name because we released a lot of stuff and of course, to the name relates specific nostalgia.
4. How would you describe your live show and what are some of the best gigs that you have played so far?
We played a lot of concerts in Europe. Nice gigs were always in Serbia, Germany, Spain … it´s difficult to say what gig was the best or the worst. I always say that there aren´t really bad gigs, maybe sometimes the gig happens better, sometimes worse. Also what do you mean exactly if you say the best gig? The best gig in connection with acceptance of fans, or in connection with technical and instrumental circumstances. It´s question…I think that all gigs we played had its magic and geist….its darkness. Our concerts are full of blood and blasphemy!
5. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?
We´d like to play in US. If some offer comes, certainly we close a deal. We hope that Mexico tour 2010 will become reality. We will see what future brings.
6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
I think we are better in technical and instrumental way now, as regards quality of ideas too. For over 13 years we pick up a lot of experiences. Every record comes with specific moment of creation, it´s interception of specific mood, depth, status and feeling of that time. So, some early records are a little bit different, nowadays I think we work without restraint and more systematically as well.
7. What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?
We´d like to compose music with massive feeling and more technically, songs will be more aggressive and they will contain space for showing instrumental skills of musicians. Maybe it´s possible to say that songs will be more spirited. Now it´s hard to say how it will end up because music is some kind of internal feeling, it´s mark of time of creation and everything depend on status of that interior. Also spiritual thoughts very influences direction what we will come to and what direction will specific frag-mental songs come to as well. Now we start to working on new songs, so let it be a surprise.
8. What releases have you put out so far?
Uff, that´s a lot of stuff….We have 5 studio albums that were released on CD/LP, roughly 10 7"EP, mainly it´s split Ep´s and some standalone Ep´s, roughly 3 live CD´s and a lot of demotapes…
9. Are you aware of the Inferno in Norway?
Yes, I´m. At one time there were some bands with same or similar name but nowadays there´s not so many such bands, so that´s good for us. By the way, this bands have good stuff and also Inferno fest has my respect and admiration.
10. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
Our music has a lot of influences. We try to catch internal mood of our interiors, it means to catch our feelings and darkness inside all of us and then transform it to musical way and record it. We don´t try to compose technical music with over 100% scientific arrangement purposely….We record spontaneity of specific moment more than artificial composition. Inside us proceed a lot of battles spiritual and life-time and they are also influences that are inspiration for us as well as opposition to system, its regulations and conception of moral christian world.
11. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?
Recently I really often listen to records from Merrimack, Craft, Troll, last Katharsis – Four Reich, Funeral Mist, Triumphator, Behexen,…there´s a lot of good records, it depends on mood and taste.
12. How would you describe the bands approach to Paganism, Satansim or Occultism?
I´m not sure if I understand the question well….how to describe all these bands. If you mean some spiritual principles or things connected with image etc….Actually, it doesn´t matter, I think we agree on that all these bands are formed by people who try to search internal power and energy in this rotting world through music and attitudes.
13. What are some good films or books that you would recommend?
Films and books…well, it ´s hard to say, recently I don´t have any time to reading books or watching films. Frankly speaking, about films I think there´s nothing special, everything stinks of hollywood´s propaganda, kitsch and happy-ends. If I want to watch film, I search some low-budget and art films. As regards books, I like a lot of different topics from occult literature to novels and science-fiction. Recently I´ve read some items from Bukowski, Orwell,…
14. How would you describe the metal scene in your country, I know that some classic bands such as Master's Hammer and Maniac Butcher came from there?
Yes, these two bands have cult status in our country and they are very acclaimed in the world. Metal scene in Czech republic isn´t very big and it isn´t very interesting as well as compared to other scenes. I don´t mean only music but also relationships, organisation, support….there´s same shit like anywhere else. There´s some good bands but there is missing support from labels and fans from abroad…we´ll see, I hope czech scene comes through in the future more than in present. Recently I´m skeptic.
15. Any final words?
Thanks for space in your zine. If you were interested in our new album Black Devotion, contact us!
16. Thanks for the interview!
Thanks as well. War continues!