Yeah! Chris of mighty Infernal Majesty gave us an exclusive interview recently, we are very proud to speak with him, and it might be interesting for you to know something new about Infernal Majesty!
Hi! Tell me about Infernäl Mäjesty and 1986, the time when you decided to create this band.
Chris: For me I had recently moved to Toronto from my hometown of Port Hope. I moved to find a Thrash band to join. One day I was reading through the Toronto Star Clasifieds when I happened upon and ad looking for a vocalist to join an all original band influenced by Slayer and Venom. I auditioned over the phone with Rick Nemes, then had my first meeting with Psycho and the other new members. Steve and Ken from Kingston, Ontario, also recently moved to Toronto.
We got down to buisness and started writing songs from scratch.
“House of War” single was released more than one month ago. Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Chris: No we were ready to unleash it. We had made any changes we wanted to make. Sooner or later you come to the point were you have it the way you invisioned.
Tell me more about “House of War”? Main song ideas etc…
Chris: We didnt intend, originally, to write an anti war song but thats just what happened. We are quite alarmed by that state of humanity in the infancy of the 21st century. We just wanted a song to reflect on the tinder box erupting as religious extremism and political corruption continue to cause death and destruction as it always has.
You have released two singles during last couple of years, is it something like preparing for loooong-awaited full-length album?
Chris: We are in a big learning curve right now. We didnt think it would be this long before we released the new one but there has been many unforseen hurdles we had to overcome. The biggest delay for us right now is laying out the distribution ground work. As you can imagine there are many parties interested and it all needs to be worked out. In the mean time we are sticking to our plan to release the next single and video , the title track, No God, soon. For updates check in with us daily on Facebook.
Where do you take all inspirations during 30 years?
Chris: Steve, Ken and I take inspiration from almost anything we find interestingly wicked or evil. Historical or fantasmic.
Can you say that all your ideas are the same like were 30 years ago, when you were young etc?
Chris: No I think we have an even stronger sense now of the realities of true evil. The reality that evil is 100 percent human. Also things you may have thought were great 30 years ago sometimes arent as inspirational now as they were then. I want to bring out.
In spite of “None Shall Defy” was kick ass album, which got pretty amount of positive feedbacks etc – Infernal Majesty never was really active, your history looks like 1 album for 1 decade… Try to tell why it was so hard for you to create some music back then?
Chris: In the book I’m writing I will explain in much more indepth detail but everything from past memebers to the bands longterm goals to struggling to find a reliable drummer. For this album we have gone through 5 drummers before Kiel came onboard to lay down the drums. Finances were also a big part to.
Now you have three guys from original line-up, that’s awesome! Are you real friends right now? And, was it difficult to find two new members and to get proper playing skill from them towards Infernal Majesty?
Chris: Ya no matter what we have always been buds. We are like family. You have your ups a downs but we are all level headed enough to get over it to focus on the music. When we are together on the road its when we are at our most releaxed. Your just focused on one thing everyday and thats putting on an amazing show every night. Its nice to forget about all the crap going on at home. As far as new members go it has been difficult finding a stable primo drummer. Whats great about Kiel is that he played bass for us originally back in early 2000. He understands our song writing style. He was a great drummer back then but we had Kris playing so we just needed a solid bass player. After going through five drummers on this new album it was looking real grim that we would never get No God completed but the stars aligned and Kiel rejoined just in time as our new drummer. You can check out his work on the Kiel T. Wilson YouTube Channel. Oh and don’t forget to subscribe to the Infernal Majesty YouTube Channel while your there. Lol.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Infernäl Mäjesty’s sound nowadays?
Chris: I think we are back to writing satanic thrash metal on this one. I think our last two were more death metal. There is an assorted blend of sounds on the new one and I believe this to be our best works since None Shall Defy.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound? Back in ‘80s until now.
Chris: We all listen to a wide range of music so there is a lot going on when it comes to creative influences but for me growing up my first album was Kiss Love Gun which lead to judas Priest and Black Sabath which led to Slayer. From there it just steam rolled.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Chris: To many to list, there is so many great musicians out there we would like to do a callaberation with.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Chris: Right now we are going to keep releasing videos. Aquire a reputible booking agency.
Release the next album within the next 24 months and keep writing good music.
Do you have any other hobby beside music? Tell me seriously – are you missing for ‘80s?
Chris: I do miss some of the song writing of the 80’s. I miss albums like Alters Of Madness and Clandistine. That being said I’m always listening for music pushing the envolope. My biggest hobbies are Mountain Biking and fossil collecting aside from listening to music but I don’t consider that a hobbie as much as a lifestyle.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Chris: Absolutely. Through the darkest days our parents and relitives have always supported the band and want to see us achive great things. I think we are in an excellent posituion now to really make up for a lot of lost time. The music is already writen for the follow up to No God, tentatively titled, The Devine Abomination and we have a lot of the hurdles out of the way that come with setting up your own recording studio. The next full album release after No God will be within twentyfour months. Stuck in there some where a complete redeux of One Who Points To Death on steroids. When Steve brought the idea to Ken and I we were a little apprehensive until he recorded a small sample of what he had in mind. We listened. We were blown away.
How’s the metal scene in Toronto right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Chris: The metal scene in Toronto is awesome. There isnt as many record stores anymore but there are a lot of good venues to play. The scene is tamed down a bit compared to the early days of the 80’s and 90’s as far as extereme insane out of control partying goes. With a planet population growing exponentially there are more people listening to metal than ever before and Toronto is one of the great cities for live music.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Chris: You bet. Thanks again. Cheers brother!