Inferi April 2018 Interview

Inferi Revenant art

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the tech death underdogs about a couple things…..including my two favorite things, pizza and tacos. They also are releasing one of the best albums of 2018 next week as well…..that’s pretty important, as well.

TMR: What motivated you to start The Artisan Era? It’s such a fantastic label, by the way…..quite possibly the best one right now, in my opinion.

Malcolm: Basically, the idea was to have a way to release our own music without dealing with anyone else, that way we could 

Mike: Thanks! We started it as a name to release our own music under. Once we learned a thing or two, we decided to make it legit and start taking on some outside bands. It’s still pretty small but we love doing it and helping bands we think are sick! We are constantly on the lookout for new bands to add to the roster. I actually just sent out 5 contracts the other day!

TMR: How did the writing process for Revenant differ from The End Of An Era or The Path Of Apotheosis?

Malcolm: Well, with EOAE we where in a studio and tracked and mixed everything within 11 days. It came out super raw and we didn’t want to repeat that process again, so with Path and Revenant, we decided to record on our own terms and in our own home studios in order to get the results we where looking for. It’s nice to have as much time as you need when working on an album and that luxury provides us with the mental tools to write and compose along the way as opposed to everything being set in stone once we are done with tracking. Also, Mike mixed Path and Revenant, which is another pro to being able to do things on our own.

TMR: Malcolm: Any update on anything new for A Loathing Requiem? 

Malcolm: Right now I have some material setting around and there will be a third album. But for time being my main focus is INFERI. 

TMR: How has your newest member your drummer Spencer working out for the band? He has some big shoes to fill in regards to Blackburn who was one heck of a drummer I may add. 

Mike: He is doing a fantastic job! Malcolm and I started scoping out local drummers to take Jack’s place over 2 years ago. Jack had moved out of state and we wanted to revive Inferi as a live band. It took a while to find the right guy, but we totally found him. By that time, we had most of Revenant written and Jack wanted to play on one last record with us, so we worked it out for Spencer to join immediately after we recorded the album. We’ve known Spencer for a couple years as a local dude in the Nashville music scene and he has become a great friend and touring companion too!

Malcolm: Working with Spencer has been great and he has been a great fit to our sound and our future progression as a band. Plus, he lives in our area, which is what we needed to move forward as a band. 

TMR: How did you guys land Trevor as a guest vocalist? He just isn’t another artist, he’s a huge advocate for underground bands and extreme music in general… guys must have been chomping at the bit!

Malcolm: All of the Black Dahlia guys are some of the most chill guys you could ask for. I just reached out to him, because I thought it would be cool to have a different vocalist for that particular part on the album. He was happy to do so and the rest is history, same with James Malone. He played a gnarly solo on the album and I can’t wait for people to hear it.

TMR: What is everyone’s favorite song from “Revenant”? Congratulations on an amazing album…’s definitely a 2018 favorite for me with plenty of other interesting albums to follow yours as well.

Malcolm: Malevolent Sanction sticks out the most to me. It’s the most diverse and expansive piece on the album in my opinion. 

Mike: That is almost impossible to answer, but for right now I might say “Malevolent Sanction” just because it is the most off-the-wall and proggy song Inferi has ever put out. 

Joel: Thy Menacing Gaze

Sam: A Beckoning Thrall

Spencer: Through the Depths

TMR: One thing I’ve loved about your band since I knew who you were is your artwork…..what was your thought process behind Revenant’s artwork, theme and lyrics? 

Malcolm: The Artwork is based on the exact lyrics for ‘Behold the Bearer of Light.’ The album is based on themes from Dante’s Inferno and this is Lucifer frozen in the Lake of Cocytus. Helge C. Balzer did a fantastic job of capturing the ideas I had for the piece. 

TMR: What do you guys think of Aepoch and Unflesh? I just recently discovered who these bands were…..they blow my mind! A tour with those two would blow up the universe! (HINT, HINT 😉  )

Malcolm: Both are rad and I hear a lot of potential in both bands. Brett (Aepoch) is a really stand up dude as well. You never know what the future may hold.

TMR: What new releases any you guys are looking forward to this year?  And on the opposite spectrum…..what were your favorite albums from 2017?

Malcolm: I’m not exactly sure what is on the horizon this year, but I’ve got my eyes on Beyond Creation’s new release. For my 2017 pick, I’d have to go with Dark Matter Secret’s Perfect World Creation.

Mike: Amiensus and Equipoise

Joel: Warforged and Equipoise

Sam: Spite, Virulent Depravity, and Necrophagist 

Spencer: At the Gates, Oubliette, Gruesome, Amiensus, and Equipoise

TMR: Pizza or Tacos? Everyone has to answer.

Malcolm: I want Pizza! P.I.Z.Z.A.

Mike: Close call, but good tacos are near and dear to my heart

Joel: Tacos, because I’m not a god damn savage

Sam: Pizza folded like a taco

Spencer: I’d say tacos because I ate too much damn pizza on tour

TMR: What was it like jamming with the modern day legend Grindmother? How freaking cool was that shit? I loved her album!  Any fun memories from that tour with her band and Alterbeast?

Mike: It was an interesting act to follow, to say the least! It was awesome to see her up there doing something she has come to love and having a blast every night. They were all sweethearts too. 

 It was a blast! Definitely never thought my first tour would be with a 68 year old woman lol, but it was a lot of fun and all the bands killed it every night. One of my favorite memories was from the Sacramento show, the crowd was awesome, everybody played their best set of the whole tour that night, and it was fun getting to hang and drink with all the dudes one last time before starting the trip back to Nashville.

Malcolm: The tour was great and we had a really good time. At this point, it all feels like a blur to me now.

TMR: What are everyone’s favorite set of lyrics from Revenant?

Malcolm: “Thunder it seems, ripples atop the ice as Lucifer speaks” 

Joel: “In exchange for all your mercy, I will grant you amnesty, but the lies between his teeth hold a stench of fantasy.”

Sam: “Striving to be human once more, taste of the flesh and assimilate their form.”

Spencer “Engulfed by a maelstrom of lustful dead, he snatched out the tongue from the judge’s head, putting his limp serpent body to use, he strangled Minos with his tail like a noose.”

TMR: Go ahead and provide links for any other projects you guys have, or any other aspirations that may not involve music.  Thanks for putting together such a great album for everyone, Revenant will blow minds guaranteed. Thanks for also taking the time to answer my questions as well!


Mike: Oubliette (melodic black/death metal)

Spencer Phobos (instrumental progressive rock)


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Week 2 Band/Artist Of The Month is underway!

Fire Garden Divinex Inanimate Existence The Ritual Aura Sarah Longfield made it out of the first week and advance to the second week of voting. Sarah’s vote was casted before Archspire’s, incase anyone was wondering how that tiebreaker was decided who both had 1 vote each.


Voting again will end next Wednesday evening 9pm eastern time. Cast your votes wisely chumps!


Æpoch Awakening Inception



Æpoch’s debut album “Awakening Inception” is set to be released April 13th. If you’re superstitious, that might be bad luck…..if you’re not it’s just another day.  There is nothing bad about the band.  What really impressed me a lot was Brett’s bass work……the sound of a fretless bass just can’t be mimicked.  His vocals are also another great highlight from Awakening Inception. The artwork is very flashy, I must say.  It’s very sharp and grabs your attention before the music even kicks in! I love how Awakening Inception has serious meaning and is not just another metal album that has a “cool” album title and “cool” song titles.

 Æpoch Fretless Bassist/Vocalist Brett MacIntosh statement about the album:
“This album is a large step forward for us, although most of the songs were started during the time of writing our ‘Æpochalypse’ EP (2015 release) as well, we have had more time to refine them. We are completely satisfied with this effort and hope the fans will enjoy what we have to offer. Awakening Inception as a whole is very dark. There’s no single concept to it, but it is generally anti-human in focus. Touching on topics such as misanthropy in” Burn Them At The Stakes”, to night terrors/sleep paralysis in “Awakening Inception”, to space and science to mental illness in “Delirium Of Negation”. “Serenity Of Non-Existence” is even about an out of body experience I had when I was younger.”

Awakening Inception Tracklisting
1. Time: Perspective / Ouroboros Reborn (Ft. Sanjay Kumar of Wormhole & Callum Clark of Ending Tyranny)
2. Delirium Of Negation (Ft. Stevie Boiser of Equipoise/Ashen Horde/ex-Vale of Pnath)
3. The Expiration
4. Tabula Rasa
5.Mentally Raped By Christ
6. Burn Them At The Stakes
7. Serenity Of Non-Existence
8. Awakening Inception (Ft. Hideous Divinity’s Enrico Di Lorenzo)
9. Karmasphyxiation (Ft. Matias Quiroz of Bleak Flesh)
10. M.D.M.A. (Methodical Doctor Murderous Acts) –CD Bonus Track

Æpoch is:
Greg Carvalho – Drums (Brazen Bull, ex Ostium Nex, live for Becomes Astral)
Brett MacIntosh – 5 string Fretless Bass / Lead Vocals (Brazen Bull)
Kyle Edissi – Guitar / Backing Vocals (on “Time: Perspective” &  “The Expiration”) (Invicta, Raider)
Taylor Wroblewski – Guitar (Brazen Bull)

Shoutout to Matias of Bleak Flesh for a killer guitar solo on Karmasphyxiation! The guitar work between Kyle and Taylor kept me busy throughout the album.  Very good drumming from Greg, as well.  There are no boring points at all….it’s honestly pretty tough to lose interest. It’s a well structured and very technical album that articulates there is a great future for heavy metal you just need to look harder. Æpoch kicks ass. Preorder the album and help the dudes keep on doing what they love to do.


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TMR May Band/Artist Of The Month Voting!

Here it is….the May artist of the month public vote! Here is how it’s going to run:
1. 10-5-3 format. Looking at a week per group of bands/instrumentalists. 10 bands I choose you vote for in round 1 (THIS WEEK!), then 5 of those bands make it to the second round with the highest amount of votes then the third week is the TOP THREE! Then based upon the last round of bands the winner for May will be the winner OF THE THREE REMAINING BANDS/ARTISTS!
2. If you vote for your own band for the May showcase….well, boo you. Don’t be a pleb and vote for who you want not your own band, damnit.
3. I’m going to do my best to choose a few different types of bands and instrumentalists TMR strives to promote.
4. Also going to base it upon longevity and an established band or instrumentalist. For example….Opeth, Mastodon, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Dream Theater and Rush don’t need promotion these bands are popular enough or well established they’re already all over the place. As TMR’S goal states: we want to help newer bands/artists and independents as well.
5. Have fun. Don’t be a dick if you feel differently than someone else.

Now here’s the music for the bands included in the poll.









Inanimate Existence and The Last Of Lucy Tour Announcement


Two of my favorite Technical prog/death metal bands are going on tour together to venues with 20 people per show coming to a town near you! Bands this great deserve a killer show, so make that show at Stamps in Tonawanda a night to remember for all of us in Western New York.

I plan on going, so you should you. Incase you don’t know who these great bands are here are links to their latest releases. If you saw my Artisan Era/Unique Leader record label writeup you may have seen I had a hard time shutting up about Inanimate Existence.


I haven’t heard Fields of Elysum yet if they’re on the same tour they have to be similar to the other bands and hopefully as good.

Go see this show jack wagons.

Dave, signing off.

April Artist/Band of the month is…..Angel Vivaldi!

Angel’s guitar playing  caught me when I discovered his freakish talent years ago with the above my favorite song of his……ironically being the first song I heard from Vivaldi was “..”.  A younger version was more of a shredder in my very biased opinion…..I believe the older he’s become he’s relied on melody, groove and transitions.  The instrumental genre isn’t the easiest to convey emotions and themes without the commercial idea of a vocalist. In return, I think it’s a lot tougher to go with a theme or idea without lyrics and I think AV has tastefully and masterfully done so in his latest release Synapse.  Serotonin is a good example of a toned back version of Angel yet still mind-blowing.


I think he’s one of the better guitarists in general right now in the instrumentalist genre.  Angel not only has a hilarious personality but is equally as caring.  He’s done multiple events to benefit all sorts of people one example when he teamed up with Chris Letchford (Scale The Summit) and played guitar live raising money for ALS with sponsors donating gear and goodies.


Yes…..that’s seriously a roadie smoothing out his fingernails at a show while he continues to play……Again, he is quite a personality.

It’s quite a turnaround from a progressive rock band in Turning Virtue to someone who writes instrumental music based around his playing. It is good to be diverse and in our monthly featured artist or band want to choose something different. Especially someone who may not have gotten the most press or is still new TMR wants to promote the greatest music we possibly can.

April begins with an A……so does Angel’s name.  There is honestly no correlation with that coincidence.  Expect a ton of Angel throughout April at TMR. Enjoy the music.

Burial In The Sky releasing “Creatio Et Hominas” In June



Burial In The Sky is a slightly more progressive band than others…..what sets them apart is their psychedelic side.  They’re not only heavy, but also melodic and atmospheric with all kinds of synths and keyboards it’s a very layered band.  Creatio Et Hominus is the band’s second album slated for a June 1st release.   They have such a unique sound the teaser doesn’t do what potentially awaits us any justice. This will be a very interesting release.

Burial In The Sky’s James Tomedi comments on Creatio et Hominus
“We want people to feel certain things that sometimes can’t be as easily expressed with the extreme side of music. We focused a lot more on the psychedelic, progressive, and atmospheric sides to the band to help evoke those emotions. From the perspective of composition, we really wanted people to be able to just enjoy this record. We tried to make it a good balance of accessible yet sonically complex and intriguing.

Conceptually, it travels into the world of perception becoming the creation of all life. The thought process is the way we perceive things guides own personal reality. So in a sense, our world is our own. The way that you see it could be vastly different than me. With this record, we take the stories of great thinkers, mathematicians, inventors, activists, etc to try and paint an entire picture of life and all its small yet beautiful nuances through the way these people perceived it.

Creatio et Hominus is a start to something more artistically. During the writing process of “Creatio et Hominus” the music started to drift deeper into an approach that we hadn’t touched on nearly as intensely. Songs like “The Pivotal Flame”, the title track “Creatio et Hominus”, and “Nautilus’ Cage” are at the apex of where we found ourselves. The sound within those songs specifically shows the natural progression of Burial In The Sky. It certainly shows where we will go on future releases as well.”



Creatio et Hominus Tracklisting
1. Nexus
2. Tesla  *All vocals by ex-vocalist Jimmy Murphy
3. Nautilus’ Cage
4. The Pivotal Flame
5. Psalms Of The Deviant
6. 5 Years
7. Creatio et Hominus (Ft. a guest solo from Brody Uttley of Rivers Of Nihil)

Burial In The Sky – Creatio et Hominus Line-up
James Tomedi – Guitars, Slide, Keys, Mandolin, Kalimba
Zach Strouse – Bass Guitar, Sax (All Sax playing on the new Rivers Of Nihil)
Sam Stewart – Drums, Piano
Jorel Hart – Vocals (ex-Cognitive, live bass for Wormhole)
Jimmy Murphy – Vocals on Tesla (only)