Hell-IO-Kabbalus: Well, first of all, I want to state that everyone in the band has their own opinions on this matter. We are four individuals so, even if we have the same commitment regarding the project Malfeitor, we have different points of view. I won’t define our allegiance as religious or theological, but rather philosophical in its literal meaning – as in “love for knowledge” or even “gnostic”. It’s a process of self-purification through a descent to darkness, in order to find the archetypal knowledge, the real self, unbound from all the illusions that our mind uses to keep us in this cage in order to unleash the full power of the mind and become the demiurge of our existence.
I am not interested in the works of LaVey and I hate the need that most people have to share a belief with others. The path towards knowledge is strictly individual and does not need rules or dogmas or any kind of external influence or association.
In contrast to the more contemporary aspects of Black Metal, the aesthetic that swathes both your layout and photos is reminiscent of the more classical elements that helped to define it. What impelled you to lean in this direction and how do you look upon its urban and dissipated impression of today?
Hell-IO-Kabbalus: It has been something quite natural; the music was supposed to match the obscure feel of the early Black Metal bands – even in our own way and taste – while paying attention to how the genre evolved in these last fifteen years and not just copying the old stuff. However, I really like all kinds of experimentations and avant-garde music but, unfortunately, in this scene there are so many people who are really narrow-minded due to their need for dogmas and false certainties.
What drove you to cover Mysticum’s Black Magic Mushrooms, a song from their exceedingly seminal debut?
Fabban: It’s my/our way to pay honour and respect to Ravn, Preben Mulvik (aka Prime Evil) and Mysticum, who are close friends of mine, great musicians and pioneers of Industrial Extreme Metal. I promised him to play a song from Mysticum and I did it. We also performed this song on stage in Oslo – both me and Preben did the vocals. A great experience and a great memory.
Unlike the more conservative cases, Unio Mystica Maxima has been released by Scarlet Records. How did the cooperation occur and are you pleased with their work?
Fabban: Useless to talk about the past, man. They did a cool work for us, but I have no idea about how much did Unio Mystica Maxima sold. They did a massive propaganda for Malfeitor, but the album talks about itself. Personally, I think it’s a very good album.
All the members in Malfeitor are known to have parallel projects. What are their current developments and how’s the synergy flowing in Aborym with Bård G. Eithun?
Hell-IO-Kabbalus: Actually, I am working with Fabban and Bård on the new Aborym stuff. I believe that we’ll have the album ready before the end of this year. I can’t tell you much about the music yet, but it will surely be something very negative and wicked.
About my other project, Kalki Avatara, we will have an album out these days through the Canadian label Shaytan Productions and Plastic Head Distribution. We’re also going back to the recording studio by the end of the month to record a new promo.
What are the aims set for Malfeitor in the medium-run?
Hell-IO-Kabbalus: We’ll be promoting our new album, Incubus, which is going to be released in May by Agonia Records – both with live performance and interviews – in order to spread Malfeitor’s sonic black magic everywhere we can.