First of all how did you come to choose the name The Infernal Sea? They do say that the sea can be a cruel mistress, is there some influence of that in you as a band?
Yes, very much so. The sea is so vast with much of it still unexplored, we are uncertain of what actually lives in it and to many it has mystical and dark attributes. In the past there were many beliefs surrounding the sea and the terrors that were held within it. This is something that is still very much alive in much of British folklore and we believe people in this country have a link to the sea in some form or another. The name The Infernal Sea expresses the malevolent nature of the ocean and combines it with the hellish sounds of the band.
You play a sickening brand of black metal, fast, aggressive but tempered with melodic interludes and dark, wonderful undertones. Was this a conscious decision from the start or did your sound evolve through practice?
We never sat down and said how we were going to sound from the start, naturally everything flows together during the writing process. Coming from different musical backgrounds we are not afraid to intersperse melodic passages with aggressive battery, and therefore being able to escape the confines of extreme metal we are able to create something fresh and exciting for ourselves and the listener.
Your debut release was the full length album “Call of the Augur”. How did you choose the name and what does it mean to you as a band?
‘Call of the Augur’ is a collection of tales depicting the wrath of Gods and their distaste towards humanity. An Augur was a prophet or priest in ancient Rome, who would interpret the will of the Gods (much like a Soothsayer). The will of the Gods in regards to the songs is to condemn humanity to exile, death or insanity as punishment for their actions.
I’ll level with you, I love the album and it is a seriously impressive debut. What were the inspirations and influences behind it’s creation?
We are collectively influenced by many factors but our dislike towards humanity and our misanthropic nature helped to fuel the venomous lyrics and aggressive aural assault.
Now that you’re debut album is out there do you feel a release of pressure for having completed it or more pressure to better it with your next album?
We were more anxious to release ‘Call of the Augur’ as we had been crafting the songs for a while and we were very keen to see how people would react to the songs. However as most bands will tell you, you are always looking towards the next release and we had songs ready and waiting for the next output (The Crypt Sessions EP). With ‘Call of the Augur’ we certainly feel we had made our mark but since then we have progressed into a more ferocious beast and we cannot wait to unleash it upon the world.
In the mean time you have release an EP called “The Crypt Sessions” which I found to live up to it’s name in that it is darker, of a more raw nature and the production was much more grim and murky than the album. What does this EP represent as the band moves forward along their path?
With ‘The Crypt Sessions’ we wanted to experiment and try something different, the result is a lot darker and colder sounding. The songs on the EP were recorded live at our rehearsal studio and we felt that they captured the energy and aggression of the band. ‘The Crypt Sessions’ showcases were The Infernal Sea are at present and gives a hint towards the direction in which we are headed.
Are there plans in motion for the second album? if so can you tell me about possible themes and influences?
Yes! We are in writing mode at the moment and have plans to record sometime at the beginning of next year. We are really excited by the new material and cannot wait for the fans to hear what we have created. Theme wise they are darker and more aggressive sounding than anything we have put out already and as a band we have pushed ourselves creatively and physically. Lyrically the songs will follow a theme but we do not want to disclose any information about them until the time is right.
I know you recently played in France, in a barn in the middle of a wood. It sounds bizarre but as you put it to me, how metal can you get? What other funny or strange stories do you have from shows or even the studio?
Forest Fest in France was a great Black Metal festival set up by La Horde Sequane and we had a blast performing there alongside all the other great acts. But we are a fairly new band so we don’t really have many strange stories to tell, we do however seem to attract some very interesting characters at our shows which makes for very entertaining conversations.
Do you have any other shows booked in and do you have plans to play the North of England?
We have shows booked all over the UK as well as plans to return to Europe in November 2013. We will be performing at this years Bloodstock Festival (August 10th, New Blood Stage) which we are really excited about and are currently in talks with promoters in the north so that we can bring our blasting BM to the hordes. For more information regarding shows please visit our Facebook page.
Finally, what does the future hold for The Infernal Sea?
The future looks extremely busy and productive for us. As well as playing shows we will be working on new material for our Sophomore album which is due for release in 2014. We are releasing a split 7″ with Belgian band Disinterred on Death Mould Records in late August 2013 as well as a limited run of ‘The Crypt Sessions’ EP released on CD (Now available from our Big Cartel site). You can also expect to see us tearing up a venue near you in 2013.