8/22/15

INTERVIEW WITH TOTAL INFERNO

INTERVIEW WRITTEN BY: TIM NORDSTEDT.

For a couple of months ago I made the decision to move from the highest north of Sweden to a small sylvan place forlorn in the south of this country named Dals Långed. That choice would be less metal in the eyes of the most - drawing myself further away from mountains of snow and rivers of ice. Well, to my surprise things are more metal than the Eiffel tower, the New York bridge and the iron age combined together here in this town. /Tim Nordstedt

   In 1990 two twinbrothers started a band that later should be the blueprint of the metal mentality for the community, and that band was named Nifelheim! A few years later another equalminded excellent band named Mordant took birth in the same place and if that wasn’t enough Dan "Necrophiliac" Andersson, Jonny "Carnage" Nielsen and Jimmy "Soulmolester" Nilsson from Mordant decided to make it even more metal and started Total Inferno. Dan jumped off the drumset to take charge of the guitarwork and passed the drumsticks to Johan Karlsson. Jimmy decided to spare his fingertips and put the guitar on the shelf to grab the mic and tortures his vocal cords instead.

   We had set meeting for this interview on a sunday by noon in their rehearsalroom located only a couple hundred meters from my apartment, and this morning was not to my favour, bad sleep, woke up late with a swollen eyelid on the left half on my face and my laptop started to run low on battery as I forgot to charge it, and on top of that the most questions just felt utterly ridiculous and even worse; this is my first live interview ever made. When we entered the rehearsalroom discussions about busses, coffee, metal, movies, actors, hearses, nutjobs to humans, pornstar alias, drunken stories and all kinds of random topics started to stir up even before the interview began, the hours by their coffetable brought much laughter and only about 23% out of everything could be written down to this interview, the main reason being that there were alot of talking even to the point that I forgot who said what, and I oftenly got a bigeyed gaze on me and the question "this is not going to be included in the interview, is it?" and at the same time I promised to show them the interview so that they could approve before it made it´s way to a final printed form.

And here it is, well a censored version of it anyway:

Tim Nordstedt:
You have only existed for less than a year and you've already got a contract before you even have a demo out and now you guys are in the startline of recording your first album. So was the whole process as easy and painless as it sounds like, or was it filled with turmoil, stress and perturbations?




Total Inferno:
   - Everything went pretty fucking painless, the whole process was smooth, we are pretty much steeped out of the same lead, have the same taste and passion in music and everyone is equally engaged and triggered to do this to the full, so there is no one here that lacks the fire to create music. Dan contributes alot with the musical aspect, Jonny the raw feeling, Johan the pleasantness of it all and Jimmy the psychotic edge.

You have currenty signed to the Columbian label Pure Metal, do you know any other acts in their stall and if so, is there any band you are listening to?

Jimmy:
- A little bit, there are only like three bands signed to them, but his band, what was the name of it?
Johan:
- Dirge! the guy who owns Pure Metal is in that band, and I think Wartrash is pretty good too, but I really didn’t know any of them until we got in contact with the label.
Jonny:
It feels like a honest label, he doesn´t release albums just to make money. He wants to release hardrock and we want to create hardrock and get our albums released, and hopefully we will grow as a name so that the label can be bigger too.
Dan:
- But we are definetely not doing this to make money, then we've to create some shitty pop music or whimpy trendcore metal/rock whatever.

There was a rumour that you got hooked up with the producer Olof Berggren who worked at Sonic Train Studio with Andy DeLarocque, will there be a collaboration between you two?

Dan:
- Not this time, but maybe eventually in the future.
Jimmy:
- No, he is far too proffessional, haha.
Johan:
- We’ve invested in alot of equipment to be able to record our own material, so we're eager to see how we can manage on our own in the first hand, and then we’re suffering from severe lack of time, so getting into a studio and record the material on a daily basis isn’t even possible.




For the people that haven't heard your music (but definitely should), what can they expect if they buy your coming album (which everyone without a doubt should do), and how many tracks will the record have?

Jonny:
- Great hardrock made with quality......or?
Dan:
- Total Inferno
Everyone:
- Yepp, Total Inferno, that´s what people can expect to hear!
Dan:
- We haven´t really decided on how many tracks we will be recording, but at least eight I think,
eight or ten, somewhere in between or around those numbers.
Jonny:
- And it´s going to be fucking great hardrock without any surprises.
Jimmy:
- No surprises? Now you pretty much destroyed every possibility to sell some records - here we serve you boring obvious shit.
Jonny:
- Well, It´s still fucking great!
Dan:
- If people likes what they have heard, then they will without any doubt like what is coming.
We're a no fuzz, non-political straight forward hardrock band!



  You have dropped the make-up and evil nicknames, did you feel that Total Inferno where way to true without those kind of attributes?

Jimmy:
- We don´t want to get confused or mixed up with Mordant, and if we have the same nicknames and make-up, people would probably treat Total Inferno as a Mordant-clone instead of a completely new band.
Jonny:
- There is no point in creating two similar bands either, Mordant still exists and Total Inferno isn't a sideproject, it´s a new and sincere band and the difference between these two bands will be even more coherrent in the future.

Regarding that all of you are Iron Maiden fans, would you like to create a mascot and try to rival with Eddie?

Jimmy:
- Sure, if it was possible.
Jonny:
- It´s pretty much impossible to have one as cool as Eddie.
Dan:
- I haven´t even thought about it.
Jimmy:
- Johan is our mascot!
Dan:
- No, the biggest focus is on the music.
Everyone:
- Nope, no mascot!


  The phrase ”Speed Metal Death” was delivered in the song ”Total Inferno” which was the last song on Mordants "Black Evil Master", were there any compositions that were made for Mordant but didn´t fit and got re-used for Total Inferno instead?

Jonny:
- I think that there were a couple of riffs that we ended up using for Total instead.
Dan:
- No, I actually haven´t taken any old riffs to put in Total, and I don´t think there is anything I re-used from Mordant, no actually nothing. I wrote Speed Metal Death with Johnny, it´s a song about being yourself and don´t give a shit, be hardrock that's why it fits this band so perfect!



Johan, you were in the band Shattered and released the album ’Wrapped in Plastic’ via the cult-label Black Mark 2004, how did you get in contact with these guys and have you been active in the musical world between the death of Shattered and the birth of Total Inferno?

Johan:
- We’ve been in touch for a long time. We live pretty close to each other and we hanged around in the same concerts, and I actually went in the same school as Dan's brother and Jonny, and both Shattered and Mordant have played the same gigs.
Jimmy:
- It became a little bit of a rivalry between us, then we wanted him to play drums in Mordant for a while, that never happened.
Johan:
- And yes, I’ve been active in between, I played in a rockband called 'Dukes of Dynamite', we were pretty good and recorded a couple of demos, then our guitarplayer died and the band died with him. I have played a little bit with the rest of the members from Shattered after we broke up, but nothing ever happened with those projects, but like I said I have always been active in creating music.


And you guys were members of the almost completely unknown black/death metal band Evilized, does that project still exist?

- Evilized is pretty much the pre-work to Total Inferno, that was before we found our true path.

You’ve already had a couple of live-gigs, I witnessed your first appearance on Backstage, then you played at Kôrpehôlsfestivalen and the reaction have been more than positive, how does it feel and what festivals have you planned to play in the near future?


Jimmy:
- 2Heavy4You next year, that´s probably the only big concert that we are going to play so far as we know of.
Dan:
- We’ve a couple of offers to play small gigs here and there, nothing confirmed yet but as for now we put all of our energy into recording the album.
Jimmy:
- And when it comes to playing live with these guys I really have to admit that I feel extremely comfortable singing with them, they haven´t even messed up one single note live.
Johan:
- So far.
Jonny:
- Like Jimmy said, you feel comfortable with each other, we all have the same hungry enthusiams to play and no one drops the ball.
Dan:
- It feels great because we are the best!
Jimmy:
- True, we even became the best band of the week in Metalcentral.
Jonny:
- And that was a hell of a surprise, it's always nice when these kind of things happens, especially for us who haven´t really existed for so long. But it seems like new things are popping up all the time.



I actually got this idea from a Nifelheim interview; If you would kill your audience, in what fashion would you choose to do it?


Dan:
- It’s probably just two or three persons standing in the audience, so regardless of method it would be quick anyway.
Jonny:
- Why would anyone want to kill off their audience? We need all the support we can get.
Jimmy:
- We can kill someone elses audience instead, drown them in whalesperm!

What tragedy would have forced you to stop playing metal?

Jimmy:
- Becoming mute in my case.
Dan:
- If I died.
Johan:
- The end of the world.
Jimmy:
- Yeah, if you die it counts like a legit abscence, that´s how it's when you are a hard worker; If you die, you’re allowed to stay home.

Do you think this scene have been infected with too many posers and do you have a solution for the problem in that case?

Jonny:
- I just play good music and mind my own business, if people want to listen to shitty music, then it´s not my problem.
Jimmy:
- Well, it’s obviously some goddamn trend to be a rocker nowadays, hipsters, Carlings-wannabe rockers. Wasn't it H&M that made some vest with fakeband patches? No Diesel, how retarded can you be? I’m going to buy one just so I can be retarded too.
Dan:
- I don´t really pay any attention to those kind of people, we don´t bother about people that clearly are beneath us, but yes that is retarded!

Alot of new bands have decided to take over the old school-flag and does so with greatness like Ketzer, Deathhammer, Plaag, Chapel, Obsessör, Nocturnal, Cruel Force, Slutvomit, Inculter, Ravencult and so on, are these bands that you recognize and do you have any further recommendations?

Jimmy:
- I definitely know about Deathhammer, I’ve followed those guys from the beginning.
Dan:
- I can always recommend Total Inferno, but Jormundgand was pretty good too.

Would you ever do a Slayer and let H&M sell your merchandise?

Jimmy:
- No, but thats probably not a big issue that we will have to deal with any time soon anyway.

As Johans world seems to crumble beneath him, he had to doublecheck that he actually heard me correctly.

Johan:
– Have they really done that?.. really?... I’m so dissapointed right now!
I was a majour fan, so extremely dissapointed right now.
Jimmy:
- Johan loves Slayer, even the ballads.
Johan:
- Well, I used to.....
Jimmy:
- I don´t want Sweden Rock to sell our merchandise either, they’ve become exactly like H&M.

Do you feel that the concept you have right now is solid, or will it be more rawer like the early Bathory or more clean like Iron Maiden for example?

Dan:
– Remains to be seen, the ones who purchases our albums will know.

If you ever would make a musicvideo, how would it look like?

Jimmy:
- A midsummer meadow.
Dan:
- I have never thought about this question either....
Jimmy:
– Something with Nosferatu!
Dan:
– Yes, Nosferatu, true to the original from 1922.


And after a couple of minutes the whole band agrees on a black and white musicvideo with a midsummer meadow and Nosferatu, true to the original with no sound but with notes and lyrics passing by the screen and gallons of blood gushing everywhere.

And now you have share what´s most metal to the people that is not even half as metal as you guys. What country have the rawest metal?

Johan:
-The Eastern Bloc!
Jimmy:
- Like Hungary
Dan:
- They are more melodic in that country
Jonny:
– Like the Czech Republic.

Yes, that "country"!

Johan:
- Russia have som really filthy bands and South America... and the whole world.
Jimmy:
- Norway, loads of frost, forests, pinecones, black and white make-up, sheeps, huts, eggs, figs.
Jonny:
– ...and cuddly woolsweaters.
Dan:
– ...and brown cheese, brown cheese is tasty! Did we say the Czech Republic by the way? Björn Skifs is like a new trend there, it´s really cool in an old school way that they haven't evolved in the musical territory.
Jimmy:
- Yeah, they haven't evolved since 1978, wasn't there a band with dancers that had some folkdresses and tassels around their knees? that was fucking awesome! No they where from Bulgaria.

What food is most metal?

Jimmy:
- McDonalds
Johan:
- Traditional Swedish homecooked food.
Dan:
- Yes, like pork and potatoes.

Wait, isn't pork labeled as racism here in Sweden?

Jimmy:
– Yeah, that´s not good for our non-political image now, is it?

What drink is most metal?

Everyone:
- COFFEE!!!
Jimmy:
– Coffe! Black! Coffe is the best!
Johan:
– People probably expected to see a big list of beers and booze.
Johnny:
– Strawberryslushies, smoothies of berries, grass and quark, no coffe ofcourse!
Johan:
- I did drink T-Röd once (a liquid consisting of 95% denaturalized ethanol or a mix of heavier alcohols like propane, should ONLY be used for cleaning purposes and protection against frost) that was pretty metal.
Jonny:
– How sick did you get?
Johan:
- Not much, it was pretty ok, anyway ask any rocker what they are drinking daily and the answer would be coffee!
Dan:
- I drank flammable liquid when I was doing some firebreathing, I have come to realize that you drink the most things when you´re drunk.



What paraphilia is most metal? I vote for necrophilia.

Jonny:
– What´s a paraphilia?
Me:
- Like a sexual deviance.... perversion.
Jonny:
- Jimmy, this question is for you!
Jimmy:
– Well, there is a little bit of necrophilia in us all, I like worse things but that might not be appropriate to talk about if other people are going to be reading this.

And everything ended in a conversation about chocolate penis-dipping and things we will never write down and release to the public.

Which method of execution is most metal?

Dan:
- Guilliotine is pretty cool!
Johan:
- The Iron Maiden ofcourse! IRON MAIDEN!
Jimmy:
- Stoning is pretty brutal, but it's not that metal though.

Ofcourse people have to know what sexposition is most metal?

Jonny:
- Is sex metal? the spanish chair maybe?
Jimmy:
- Johan, take this one, you have the most knowledge when it comes to these kind of things.
Johan:
- The sword in the stone is definetely most metal!
Dan:
- Most metal is to skip sex and listen to metal!

What would your last words be before the end of the world?

Dan:
- Thank you and goodbye.

And now we have finally come to the end of this interview, do you have some important words for our readers?

Jonny:
– Listen to Total Inferno!
Jimmy:
– Take a cup of coffe and enjoy the music .
Johan:
– ...and engage in the sword in the stone position.
Dan:
– ...in a chesterfield-chair.

Check them out at:
http://www.totalinferno.se/
https://www.facebook.com/totalinferno
http://www.soundcloud.com/totalinferno


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