The Metal Asylum Talks To….Inferion

Answers provided by Nick Reyes

Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?

The band name was created in 1995 by our then bass player Juan Santiago and I (Nick Reyes). We didn’t want to go with a name that could be duplicated we wanted something completely unique. After hours of putting words together we settled on Inferion because to us it meant a place where there was fire and being teenage metalheads, fire was good.

We started making music in the mid 90s and wrote Infinite Dying Souls from 96-98. We got our start during tape trading that album.

Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?

Originally, we were from Miami. Frank Gross and I lived relatively nearby. But now each of us lives in different states. I am stationed in Georgia with the US Army, Frank Gross still lives in South Florida, Ray Mitchell lives in South Carolina and Elan O’Neal lives in North Carolina.

We got together via different side projects that intersected eventually with the band. Such as Kilt Ov Azazel and DDLM.

Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?

That is one very long and eclectic list. But if it’s just me I would say probably 90’s era Death and Black Metal such but not limited to: At The Gates, Morbid Angel, Dissection, Burzum, Dark Throne, Wu Tang Clan, Filter, Sonic Youth, Yellowman, Anata, Immortal, Deicide, Helmet, Lara Neao, And Oceans, Angel Corpse, Astrud Gilberto, Napalm Death, Prong, Hum, Blind Melon, Onyx, Slayer, Mel Tormé, Tommy Dorsey, John Lee Hooker and the list goes on for days.

Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?

Always. I knew in Middle School when my band took the stage to perform a metal version of Nirvana’s territorial pissings and I sang it without a microphone. The horrified look on the faces of the kids in the audience made it abundantly clear that’s what I wanted to do.

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

Inferion – Inequity

Filter – Short Bus

Down – Nola

Humanity’s Last Breath – Valde

Burzum – Hvist Lyset Tar Oss

Do you sing in the shower?

Yes. Lots of Mel Tormé and Frank Sinatra mostly. Never any Metal.

Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?

Well, we have a South American tour planned for August and after that we’ll have to focus on online promotion because I’m being deployed in September.

Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?

Yes. We have our new album entitled Inequity set to be released 19 May 2023 on Horror Pain Gore Death.

We have quite a few singles with it such as 8 Minutes Ago, Grief Demands An Answer and Empty Heaven’s.

If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?

Madison Square Garden. I don’t know why, I think that’s the “ok, you made it venue” that’s just universally recognized as the most important place to play.

Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?

Like our albums? Well if it’s our albums, I’d have to say this one (Inequity). The music on this album caught me totally by surprise and just invokes immense feelings of pride and camaraderie.

If it’s another bands album probably Short Busy by Filter.

Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?

I don’t believe there are any guilty pleasures, only pleasures. I openly enjoy ALL different kinds of music and don’t apologize for it or try to downplay me interest in it. I listen to just about everything. I like everything from  Ace of Base to Black Tongue.

If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?

At a Barnum and Bailey circus tent it would be Jimi Hendrix, Benny Goodman, Erik Satie, Dio, Mike Oldfield, Neil Peart, Alex Webster, King Yellowman and Eric Johnson.

Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?

Totally. Slayer Divine Intervention. I bought it on Cassette at a record store that my girlfriends older sister worked at. Because in those days, minors couldn’t buy anything with a parental label on it. Regrettably, I don’t still have it.

As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?

Be excellent to each other… and… party on dudes/dudettes!

A most bodacious thanks for supporting our music!

Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!

We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?

This interview was a lot of fun. Thanks so much for the opportunity and thanks so much for supporting our music. Thanks for everything you do for Metal!

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