Scarborough band Ante-Inferno sign international record deal

A metal band from Scarborough have signed an international record deal for their debut album.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 9:33 am
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 3:37 pm

Ante-Inferno have been offered the world-wide release deal by UKEM Records for their debut album, 'Fane'.

The band comprises Kai Beanland on vocals and guitar, Mateo Zabawa on guitar and Gary Stephenson on drums, with a fourth member - Nate Lewis - on bass for live shows.

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Kai Beanland (left) and Gary Stephenson from Ante-Inferno

“It’s great,” said Gary. “To our knowledge, this is the first time in years a Scarborough band has signed such a big record deal.”

The album will be released on May 1 and will be joined by a music video of the song ‘Oath’ filmed and directed by Jacob Lucas Film and Photography.

Ante-Inferno started in 2016 by founding members Kai Beanland and Gary Stephenson.

The pair had known of each other through the Scarborough music scene but only met after Kai put an advert on social media asking is there was any interest in starting a band.

Soon afterwards they were joined by Mateo and the band self-released a demo, 'A Dream of the Devil', in 2017.

All of the band have day jobs. Gary is the director of event organisers BTH Scarborough, Kai is a proofreader and Mateo is a steel worker in Nottingham.

Ante-Inferno describe their music as “a style of black metal, incorporating heavy atmospheric, primitive and folk influences”.