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Summon: How did the band get started?
Dantalian: The band was formed from the ashes of my first band I put together, Maleficus. My bassist from that band and I formed Satani Infernalis as a two man project. Eventually that wasn’t enough and there was no support for Black Metal in Arizona at the time. I moved to Los Angeles, and found Chutriel. He put us back as far as recording and shows. Chutriel was then fired, and replaced with Omen on drums. Omen is one of the best drummers I have ever worked with. Together with Omen we have managed to write the new album, and start playing live shows. Currently we have to new members to be revealed at our upcoming show.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Dantalian: Black Metal
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Dantalian: The fan response has been great! Every day we reach new people that support what we do. Our Infernal Infantry is growing day to day!
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Dantalian: The band name is traditional Latin for Satan Infernal. When the band originally started the idea was a full force Satanic band. Like most bands in the Satanic area, we have branched out lyrically and visually to not just be a Satanic band.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Dantalian: Myself, Vocals/Guitars Omen: Drums Hammer: Bass/backing vocals ?: Guitars
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Dantalian: I write everything mainly. We like to arrange as a group though. Everyone puts their ideas on the table, and we make it work.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Dantalian: Occultism, theories, philosophies, our mission to destroy organized religion in general.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Dantalian: We support them. Satanism has taken some strange turns in direction over the last 5 years or so. I do not endorse any specific group, but I also do not oppose them either. I’m neutral in the regard.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Dantalian: There are 8 total, including old demos. Only 2 studio albums remain for sale currently. There is also 2 live albums as well. The new album, “Death Posture,” will be recorded shortly, and out soon after.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Dantalian: Some of the best material yet,” Places of Plagues” is one of our personal favorites. Most likely this song will be a permanent part of our live set. “Midnight Black Mass,” is one of the greats on this album. It has a very ritualistic atmosphere. “Death Posture” is the title track. This one has had a very good response publicly. Overall the new album is killer. Each song has it’s own energy, and the flow of the music from song to song keeps a general overtone.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Dantalian: I am working on a project with Colette Claire, journalist for The Gauntlet, on vocals. The project is called Misery Angel. That’s all I can say about that band. Omen and our new guitarist have a project called Opaque. I hope I spelled that right. Hammer has a project called Satanicus as well.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Dantalian: Gorgoroth, Emperor, Behexen, Ritual Combat, you get the point. Really the supporters and promoters that make it happen. The more people that support out Black Metal, the more we are influenced to keep shit getting better.
Summon: Which current bands?
Dantalian: As I mentioned, Ritual Combat, Gravespawn, Nekcrium, are some locals we support. I really like a lot of the Colorado bands as well.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Dantalian: The new show is going to be sick. We have a lot of new things happening. I can’t really say much about it, we’re trying it out on Nov.17th. Hopefully we can arrange for video to be shot of the show. Most likely that will happen. Otherwise the live show is like any other rock n roll show, only heavier and more Satanic.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Dantalian: Not yet. We are working on setting something up in Mexico. We are hoping to get on tour here on the West Coast early next year. We have offers standing in Poland, Slovenia, and Canada.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Dantalian: Depends. Sometimes there are multiple shows on the same night. The average is 50 – 150. Depends on the venue size and location as well. More people each show it seems.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Dantalian: Killer. They get into it. The energy is usually high. As with any band, you have good shows, and bad shows.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Dantalian: I have been listening to mostly USBM lately. Older Satan’s Host from Colorado and Ritual Combat are the two I’ve been listening to the most lately.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Dantalian: There’s a lot of good bands.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Dantalian: Kommandant, Ritual Combat, Archral Necrosis.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Dantalian: Already started. We never stop writing. We right a new song every time we get together.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Dantalian: Our goal is to hit as many cities as possible. Here in the states and Europe as well. Keep putting out albums and just keep the fucking war machine rolling.
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