Interviewer: Cameron Edney - http://www.myspace.com/insideout666ints
America's Eastside have been famous throughout
the years for exposing some of the greatest, brutal metal bands to
ever exist. Bands such as Deicide and Cannibal Corpse have received
acclaim all over the world and have paved the road to which many death
metal bands have followed down since! Most recently emerging from
the swamps of southern Florida in 2005, members Brian Magley, Kevin
Gibbons and Brian Werner created a band with the intention of unleashing
an original version of underground metal, combining the proven styling
of Floridian death metal with the symphonic approach of European-style
black metal. Infernaeon recently released their debut full length
album 'A symphony of Suffering' leaving critics and metal fans floored
with their ravishing masterpieces 'March of Death' and 'Shades of
Obscurity', just two of the albums energetic and fresh metal pounding
tracks. Infernaeon who are gearing up to tour with Speed/Kill/Hate
have already taken the United States by storm and are now ready for
world domination. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with both
the bands vocalist Brian Werner and guitarist Brian Magley. We spoke
about the making of 'A Symphony of Suffering', touring, line-up changes
and much more. Its time for the 'Oracle of Armageddon' with Infernaeon...
Metal Fanatix: Hi Guys, how are you
Brian Magley: Can't complain.
Brian Werner: Hanging out smoking some
of Florida's finest green if you get my drift.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Yeah, sure
do mate! Firstly I want to congratulate you guys on the release of
your debut album ‘A Symphony of Suffering’! What a fantastic
debut! Now that the album has been finished is there anything you
would have liked to have changed?
Brian Magley: Not really. I think that,
as a whole, the album captured what the band was going for. At the
time of recording, it was probably the most symphonically brutal sound
that we could have hoped to put on tape. In the end once it was finished,
it came out to be this disgustingly heavy, intense journey through
the depths of the twisted monster that is Infernaeon. So no, I wouldn't
change a thing.
Brian Werner: Yeah I agree, we couldn't
have imagined it would have turned out like this, looking back from
before we went into the studio we knew what we wanted to do but weren’t
sure how the outcome would be. Needless to say we are fucking stoked.
Metal Fanatix: I really enjoyed listening
to the new album and believe there were some line-up changes during
Brian Werner: We had some member problems
and actually fired three people in the course of recording. People
we thought were capable but in the end they just couldn't hang. We
decided to do it without their help and found competent musicians
to fill their slots; who we are now totally happy with.
Metal Fanatix: When you prepare to do
a new album such as ‘A Symphony of Suffering’ what comes
first the lyrics or the music? And what different factors surrounded
writing the material for this album?
Brian Werner: I usually let these guys
take care of the music first and slack off until it's done. I actually
wrote "Embodiment of Sin" and "Sleeping God" in
the car on the way to the studio...Just let the power of Satan flow
through me into the lyrics. I was very happy in the end result. We’re
are going to approach things a little differently for the next one.
Brian Magley: Yeah, It really has to
do with the theme of the track. Before we write any music or lyrics,
there has to be a central outline or storyboard to solidify the continuity
of the song. That way each song becomes its own individual entity.
Decipherable to the human ear!
Metal Fanatix: Some people may not be
aware that there are a couple of very well known guests that also
appear on the album, how did Keith DeVito (Suffocation, Obituary)
and Ben Falgoust (Soilent Green, Goatwhore) become involved with Infernaeon?
Brian Werner: Well Keith was my vocal
mentor and one of my best friends since he was in Pyrexia. Keith has
always been a huge inspiration. When we went to record I couldn't
think of anyone else I would rather have sing with me. Ben has also
been a really close friend for sometime. He has crashed at my house
a ton of times with both Soilent Green and Goatwhore he happened to
be in town with Soilent Green when we were recording and he was more
than happy to do it.
Metal Fanatix: The legendary Erik Rutan
who has worked with Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse and Hate Eternal
mastered the new album, you guys must have been thrilled to have him
come in on the album!
Brian Werner: Yeah man, my boss at work
sold Erik a bunch of ENGL guitar amps for his studio and saved him
a ton of cash. When Erik and I ran into him here in Lauderdale, I
told him we needed it mastered and had very little cash so he did
me a personal favor and mastered it for $200 and you can't fucking
Metal Fanatix: Yeah mate, that is pretty
cool! I love the artwork you guys have used on the cover, who came
up with the concept?
Brian Magley: The cover concept spawned
from the title of album. Every part of the album from the music to
the lyrics and even the name of the band are tied together in a very
strong way. So naturally we wanted artwork that embodied all of those
things. With the help of Dean Piekara, who is a phenomenal artist,
he took the bands ideas and turned it into what I like to think of
as a portrait of the music we created.
Brian Werner: We like using only one
artist for all of our shit. I think it gives the band a consistent
image. You know what an Iced Earth record is going to look like, you
know what I mean? We want to have an atmosphere that is all our own
and Dean understands our music and comes up with ideas for us before
we even tell him what to do and we are always in agreement on everything
he fucking rules.
Metal Fanatix: How has the response
been to it from the fans and the media?
Brian Magley: So far the response from
the metal community has been great. From what I’ve heard and
read so far, both the fans and the media love it.
Metal Fanatix: In a few words can you
tell us the first thing that comes to mind when I mention the following
tracks from the new album:
Embodiment of Sin: This tune is about
one of my favorite authors, The Marquis de Sade. If you don't know
who he is you need to do some research. The song is just a chronicle
of his life and the beautiful misery he put innocent people through
I love it.
March of Death: This is the second song
in the "Oracle of Armageddon" trilogy about the victims
of the first song returning to life to take revenge against the armies
of the Oracle.
Shades of Obscurity: This is just the
precursor to the oncoming darkness that awaits in the rest of the
CD, a foreshadowing if you will.
Sleeping God: My favorite This song
is about an entity that is older than anything humanity has ever heard
of, who awakes to a right-handed plague and is fucking pissed.
Metal Fanatix: Using only five words:
How would you describe ‘A Symphony of Suffering’?
Brian Magley: Brutal Symphonic Satanic
Metal Fanatix: Brian, no doubt after
listening to the new album that you are a fantastic guitarist, what
equipment did you use on the album?
Brian Magley: I recorded most of the
album with my Gibson Les Paul Studio running through a Mesa Boogie
Dual Recto. The half back cab, miked with a Royer R 122 really brought
out a lot of the crunch on the album. Really a fantastic rig.
Metal Fanatix: I know you guys are gearing
up to hit the road, have any dates been confirmed at this stage?
Brian Werner: We are heading out with
Speed Kill Hate in May, which is Dave Linsk from Overkill's other
band, fucking amazing especially if you love thrash metal. We are
also working on a tour with Year of Desolation who another prosthetic
band that is really fucking talented.
Metal Fanatix: If you could pick any
band to hit the road with, who would it be?
Brian Magley: Dimmu Borgir.
Brian Werner: Mercyful Fate or King
Metal Fanatix: For the metal fans who
haven’t seen you live as of yet, describe what the band are
Brian Magley: Well due to the money
drought spreading through all of Middle America, we won’t be
doing all of the pyrotechnic stuff that we wanted. We were hoping
to get some live stunts in during the set too, but we had to nix that
as well. What I was most upset about, and pushing for the most, was
the 250 piece orchestra and circus performers that we were promised.
Oh well shit happens. Other than that, we go fucking nuts, plain and
Brian Werner: We have a whole live show
engineered around the album which includes on stage black magic and
theatrical murder but due to man power on the road (it takes a bunch
of extra hands to pull off) we are still working on the logistics
of doing on the road. Locally it's no problem, we have plenty of whores
we can kill on stage.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Sounds interesting!
What comes to mind when you look back on the first performance you
Brian Magley: Nothing, I blocked that
memory out along time ago.
Metal Fanatix: What's the strangest/funniest
thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Brian Werner: When I was in Monstrosity
we played in South Carolina and a fan was in the front banging his
head and his head came up as mine was coming down and I fucking knocked
him clean out. I had a huge fucking black eye instantly...that was
rough. Then there was the time me and Sam were still in Monstrosity
and were playing in front of a big crowd in Austria and Lee (drummer)
got pissed he got hit with a beer and walked off stage and left us
standing up on stage for about fifteen minutes looking like a bunch
of assholes, that was pretty fucking weird having a couple hundred
people staring at you and looking around at everyone one in your band
and everyone didn't know what to fucking do.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Do you guys
do anything specific to warm up and prepare for a show?
Brian Magley: I always try to warm up
for at least an hour before we play. I also make sure that I stretch
and keep relaxed until its time to go out and brutalize the fans.
Brian Werner: Virgin sacrifice, pound
of weed, couple of sluts, four beers and a shot of Jack Daniels
Metal Fanatix: You guys have shared
the stage with some great bands such as Malevolent Creation and Vile,
who have you enjoyed touring with the most and can you share a story
from the tour?
Brian Werner: To be honest we have yet
to do a full tour, most of the shows with those guys have just been
here in Florida. There was this one time me and Sam were in Germany
and some chick was in our dressing room hanging out. Well, her boyfriend
saw her and charged in the room and hit Sam with the door then he
yelled, "What are you doing in here?" and Sam yelled at
the top of his lungs, "She’s getting Fucked!" you
should have seen the look on that guys face it was fucking hilarious.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Oh yeah, that
would have been priceless! What’s the craziest rumor you had
ever heard about yourself and or the band?
Brian Werner: There are plenty about
me how I kidnap children for blood rituals or that I'm related to
Marilyn Manson because we are both from Ft. Lauderdale and his name
is Brian Warner and mine is Brian Werner - big fucking deal, he's
a faggot and I should beat his ass in the name of Satanists everywhere.
Metal Fanatix: Guys, fill us in a little
more about yourselves, do you come from a musical background?
Brian Werner: Yes my whole family were
musicians. I was forced into music at a very young age and now my
family hates what became of it.
Brian Magley: My grandmother was an
incredible piano player, and my father played the accordion for a
while, but other than that, it was really my interest and my desire
to play music that started me on the guitar.
Metal Fanatix: What have your parents
thought about the music you played?
Brian Magley: I come from a predominantly
Christian family so my parents don't necessarily enjoy or approve
of the music I play, but they are very supportive.
Brian Werner: My family are a bunch
of pieces of shit. I was adopted, then abandoned and was forced to
be homeless when I was fourteen. I turned my life around on my own
and never needed shit from them. So fuck them, I'll make them suck
my cock in Hell.
Metal Fanatix: Brian .M, did you always
want to be a guitarist?
Brian Magley: For a short while there
I was all about playing drums but when I picked up a guitar for the
first time, it just felt comfortable. From then on this has been my
Metal Fanatix: There are so many brilliant
guitarists, who inspired you to pick up the axe?
Brian Magley: Randy Rhoads.
Metal Fanatix: Mate, if you were to
stop playing tomorrow, what would you be doing?
Brian Magley: Nothing.
Metal Fanatix: Guys, what do you enjoy
doing when you get some spare time?
Brian Werner: Video games, occult reading
and practicing, working out, guns (I'm a big gun nut), and smoking
pot of course is a full time job.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs]
Brian Magley: Practicing with the band.
Metal Fanatix: What’s the one
album that changed your life?
Brian Werner: Mercyful Fate - Don't
Break the Oath
Brian Magley: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Metal Fanatix: Great selections guys!
What are your thoughts on downloading and file sharing? Do you think
it hurts artist like yourself or do you look at it as a great way
to get your music out to so many more people around the world?
Brian Werner: It's hard to say, I mean
it's great to get your band out there you know. I'm one of those people
who downloads music because there is so much shit out there. Now,
if I find a band that I like a lot I will go buy the album to help
support them, because I know where they are coming from and I would
want someone else to do the same. Bands don't make shit anymore, so
if you like the shit you download help the band out a little bit so
they can continue to make more great music.
Metal Fanatix: Tell us something about
the other guys in the band that we may not know!
Brian Werner: Sam Molina is the quietest
person in the world until he has something absolutely brilliant to
say. He'll just sit back and bide his time and then just bust out
with the most cleaver shit you ever heard in your life.
Metal Fanatix: Are any band members
in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about
Brian Magley: I'm involved in a project
called Disco Satan. It’s an experimental mix of metal, pummeling
breakdowns, and keyboards with psychedelic tendencies. As of now however,
Infernaeon is my main and only concern, as it is with the rest of
Metal Fanatix: As a relatively new band,
what other bands do you think we should keep an eye on in 2007?
Brian Werner: Speed Kill Hate for sure.
There is this band, Gigan, from Florida which is Randy from Hate Eternal's
new band. Those guys are awesome too.
Metal Fanatix: What you like to see
the band accomplish over the next five years?
Brian Magley: I would like to see Infernaeon
help carve out a new path for metal. The genre is stuck in one spot,
unwilling to change. Too many bands these days are clones of each
other. It seems like the same album is released fifty times in one
year. I want Infernaeon to be a symbol of radical change in a scene
hell-bent on staying the same.
Metal Fanatix: Last year Vader were
just one of 228 metal bands placed on a list and are now legally banned
in Islamic Malaysia, does it surprise you that all these years people
are still looking at bands like Vader, Cannibal Corpse, heavy metal
in general in such a negative way?
Brian Werner: Do we really give a fuck
about what our enemies think of us? It suck that it's banned, but
I don't waste a fucking second of my life concerned about what these
religious fucks think. They are the fucking cancer of this world,
they should be more afraid of what we think and more importantly what
we will do if they try and keep us down.
Metal Fanatix: In your honest opinion
what do you think about the direction that hard rock and heavy metal
music has taken over the last few years?
Brian Werner: Cool, but it sucks too.
I mean metal has come back in a huge way but all the bands that are
coming out now are all rip offs of everything we REAL metal heads
have been doing for years. While these fucking pussies were listening
to Korn and Nirvana, we were listening to Slayer and King Diamond.
Now they all sound like Testament rip offs and rehashed thrash riffs.
I mean most of these fags don't even know who bands like Coroner or
Nocturnus were and then they want to try and act metal. Why don't
they all fuck off and play their bullshit teenie bopper, MALLCORE
metal somewhere else.
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] mate after that
response I can’t wait to hear this answer [laughs]. What is
the one band you never want to hear again and why?
Brian Magley: Metallica. Because of
musical atrocities such as, The Black Album, Load, Reload, and my
all time most despised CD, St. Anger.
Brian Werner: Metallica definitely anybody
who sues their fans can suck a dick! If it wasn't for your fans you
wouldn't be living in that huge house or driving your goddamn Mercedes
grow the fuck up.
Metal Fanatix: Guys, its been a blast
speaking with you both today! I want to thank you again for taking
the time out to answer the questions for our readers and wish you
all the best with the new album and for the future! Do you have any
last words for our readers?
Brian Werner: That's about it man we
can't wait to come down under and have a blast. I do have to say high
to April Ross that chick fucking rules.
Make sure you grab your copy of Infernaeonís jaw dropping debut ëA Symphony of Sufferingí where all killer metal albums are sold.
To keep up with all the latest Infernaeon news head to the following websites:
- Official Infernaeon Website
- Infernaeon on Myspace
- Inside Out 666
© Cameron Edney April, June 2007 Not to be re-printed in any
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