Inferion’s Nick Reyes Gives Us Details On Metal Worldwide and Current State of Affairs

Today I am here to introduce you to a black metal band named Inferion. When one thinks of black metal we often think of bands with their faces painted black and white holding upside down crosses in some snowy forest in Norway. However, Inferion hail from sunny, tropical Florida. Quite a stark contrast from Norway.  I recently had the opportunity to speak with band founder Nick Reyes. Not only does Nick front metal band Inferion he is also in the United States Army.

Metal Mofos: I found out about your band from an article in Decible Magazine and have really been listening to your current album This Will Decay a lot. You do both guitar and vocals on the album, correct?

Nick Reyes: Yep, on that one I did all the guitar work except for some solos. On a couple tracks we had guest artists from Miami contribute solos, but for the most part I did the guitar work myself.

MM: Awesome. I love the guitar work on this album. It’s stellar. Very melodic and heavy.

NR: Thank you. I appreciate that.

MM: You’re from the Miami, Florida area correct?

NR: Yeah, born and raised. Stayed there right until I joined up {with the Army}. We were one of the first black metal bands in South Florida. We started up when everyone was all into the whole rap rock s*** like 311 and Rage Against the Machine. So we started playing and things took off and things were fortunate for us. We’ve always existed in the underground, but if you want to stay true to the music you like then you’re never going to really get out there. We got lucky enough to gain some pretty decent exposure and toured pretty steadily in the early 2000s , 2002-2005 then things started to slow down a bit, and I thought I needed a bit of a break from music so I joined the Army.

MM: So you joined up pretty much when the Iraq War started?

NR: No, actually. I joined in 2008 so the war had been going on for quite awhile. My first rotation was 2009-2010. We were there for the first democratic elections which was f****** crazy! But yeah it was good times. As a matter of fact during that particular rotation I wrote our album called The Desolate (released 2012). I recorded a lot of guitars and vocals out there. Most of the material came and stemmed from the s*** I was dealing with out there. It was pretty cool.

MM: So that album was written and recorded in Iraq?

NR: Yeah, most of the music was written beforehand like guitar work and bass lines, but it was fine tuned, edited, composed, and mixed in Iraq. The drums I did for the most part in Iraq. That’s why they sound so synthetic. You know they’re not going to let you take a full kit out there. So must of the drums were done on an electronic kit and all of the vocals were recorded out there, all of them.

MM: How did you first get into black metal?

NR: I was always into the more extreme stuff. I guess Slayer was my intro into the world of extreme music, and it just catapulted from there. I got really into the local death stuff, you know local for me, Deicide, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, etc. Then my whole world changed when I saw At the Gates, Dissection, and Morbid Angel live in ‘96 I think. When I saw Dissection it blew my g****** mind. Ever since then everything I could get my hands on black metal I loved it. I got really into Dissection, and like early Dimmu Borgir, Ulver. The more raw and gritty and less symphonic the better. I based our 2003 album Firewar off this style.

MM: Yes, I’ve listened to Firewar. It’s definitely an old school black metal sounding album. Really good.

NR: Yeah, I wanted that album to be a nod to all the really raw gritty black metal which is why it was produced the way it was. In our stuff you’ll never really find any synth parts or clean vocals or operatic stuff. I’m not really too keen on that stuff. We wrote a few albums like this then you know the band progresses a little bit. I think The Desolate and parts of This Will Decay were like the last really 100% balls to wall 100 miles per hour black metal albums.

MM: You played a show with Abbath earlier this year. What was it like to play with a huge legend like that from the black metal scene?

NR: It was really great, man. I love Abbath. I love everything he did with Immortal. My favorites are probably Blizzard Beasts and Pure Holocaust. It was pretty surreal. I didn’t think we would get the opportunity to do this. Got to hang out with Abbath for a little while. Looked completely different without corpsepaint on. I thought he was a roadie or something.

MM: Yeah, you expect to see him in paint and holding a battle axe or something.

NR: Yeah, that’s what I expected. I expected he would drop from the ceiling and onto a horse or something!

MM: Are you working on anything new for Inferion?

NR: Yeah, we’re working on our new album. Our follow up to This Will Decay. We’re doing it with the same lineup plus our new guitar player Ray Mitchell who used to play live guitar with us when we played South American gigs and some older bands I was in. So far it’s coming out pretty f****** good, man.

MM: You mentioned earlier your past two albums may be your final black metal albums. Will this be more death metal oriented?

NR: Yeah, but I mean I hate to throw genres out there. I really do. If it were up to me I’d just call the thing metal. It’s hard to do that though. Every time we do interviews people ask, “When are you going to go back to stuff like Firewar?” And I’m like well, if you can find Doc Brown and Marty McFly then no problem. We’ll hop in the Delorian and take a trip back to 2003 and I’ll do it all day. There’s still going to be some staple Inferion sound there. Some black metal elements but not all inclusive. There’s going to be a lot more influences there. Primarily death. We’ll see what happens. Still too early to tell. I recorded and destroyed our past two albums countless times.

MM: You mentioned to me you collect vinyl. Any plans for Inferion releases on vinyl?

NR: Well, there’s been a couple on like split 7”, and if I could f****** find them that would be amazing. We did one in 04 or 05 with a death metal band called Heaven Ablaze and some label out of Seattle pressed it on vinyl. We saw some kickback from it, and they gave us a few records to sell but those are long gone. Way out of print. The new one will definitely be on vinyl.

MM: Cool, vinyl is definitely big in the metal community.

NR: Oh yeah, it’s coming back. I was into vinyl ever since I was young. We were too poor to buy CDs and afford the big CD players. We had an 80s record player and some of the first records I got were Slayer’s Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss. A bunch of D.R.I. records that I still have. That was my first intro to metal, and I played the s*** out of those records.

MM: Being in the Army, what’s your opinion on the current situation with ISIS?

NR: Hard to say. I’m real big on politics and read the news every day. I’m pretty informed I guess. In my opinion and not to quote Ingorious Basterds, but those guys need to be taught a f****** lesson in manners with heavy weapons and lots of explosions. This is what I think personally. It’s really difficult to go after people like that. They’re not a nation so it’s a very unconventional battle. Some good reading material for that is The Only Thing Worth Dying For by Eric Blehm. It’s about some of the first battles in Afghanistan where we protected Hamid Karzai who was going to oust the Taliban.

MM: Yeah it’s going to be hard to get these guys but we have to prevent attacks from happening in our country like last weekend in Orlando.

NR: Yeah dude, that is f***** awful. It makes my stomach turn. Really pisses me off. We’ll see how the future plays out.

MM: Yes, for sure. So for now we’ll focus on making some good metal.

NR: Yeah, that’s what we’re focused on, man. Music is the most important thing. That’s what we’re living by. We’ve also got some stuff coming up in South America. We’ve played there a couple times. We’ve played with a popular black metal band there called Luciferian. Had a blast playing with them. We played f****** great shows out there. The fans out there are just f****** rabid for live music. They love metal down there, especially black metal.

MM: I’ve heard the metal scene in general is so different in South America and Europe than in the USA.

NR: The last time we played in Europe we did some of the Scandinavian countries and Germany, France, and a couple festivals. We did our black metal albums mixed with some noise and some experimental stuff. The fans you have in Europe for the most part are a lot more eclectic. The metal heads out there who are into Darkthrone, old Ulver, and gritty raw s*** are also into Sonic Youth and into really experimental indie rock. They run the gamut over there. South America is really die hard metal. They don’t listen to anything else and they f****** mean it.

MM: What do you think is missing in the United States?

NR: What I think is missing is a lot more support for local acts and lesser known bands. Stop being so snooty with your nose turned up in the air. Don’t be like f*** these guys I’m only showing up for Abbath Every Decibel {magazine} show I’ve been to you have people show up religiously for the first band and that’s what I’m talking about. That’s the kind of stuff that has to happen. Decibel does a really good job of pushing regional openers. Those are the guys you really need to support. Support the main acts too. But these smaller bands, especially after the rise of the internet, these bands aren’t able to make a whole lot off the stuff they sell. Going and supporting them is something I definitely think needs to happen in this country. Also, just be more open minded to different styles of music. If a band was playing black metal and are no longer playing that, why should you write them off?

MM: Right. Look at Darkthrone for example. Their past few releases haven’t really been black metal.

NR: Exactly. Perfect argument. Same thing with Ulver. They haven’t played black metal in over 10 years. Lots of bands have changed a little bit.

MM: If you could have our readers check out three Inferion songs what would they be?

NR: “This Will Decay”and “Lament” off This Will Decay and probably “Hatred Millenium” off Firewar.

MM: Where do you prefer fans listen to your music? Bandcamp?

NR: Anywhere but Spotify. I don’t know how our music got on there. I’m inquiring into that. We don’t get anything from there.  Inferion.net for sure. Bandcamp is good. I’d recommend those two for sure.

Nick is starting to work on earning his Green Beret this fall along with writing new music for Inferion. Let’s all support a member of our armed services here in the United States and crank up some of his awesome metal. Be sure to check out their website and store there. You can get CDs and t-shirts for just $10!

http://inferion.net/
Inferion Bandcamp
Inferion Facebook

*originally published on Facebook June 2016.

Isaac

Isaac

Chief Of Operations, 30, lives in North VA but grew up in PA, married, baseball and metal. Kiss, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, King Diamond, Mayhem, Mortification, Poison, P.O.D., Zao, Elgibbor, Demoniciduth, Led Zeppelin
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