Underground, old school, controversial, evil…that´s the way black metal must be…unless you´re a wimp! Luckily there are still bands like FILII NIGRANTIUM INFERNALIUM, loyal to the roots. Belathauzer (vocals/guitar) and Helregni (bass/vocals) answered the following questions. Pure Necro Rock n´ Roll…caralho!
If I´m not wrong the band started in 1989 under the name Bactherion and recorded a demo “The Miracle of Death…” and a split ep, what was Bactherion like?
Belathauzer: IT WAS AN AWFUL SHITFUCK FROM THE INTESTINAL SHIT OF IFERNALS HELL. (this is gonna be cool! –ed) In our rehearsing mayhemic bondage satanic chastlustful eagerlyawaitingplungedpraisetildeath 5 o’clock teas we vomitated blasphemic aggressions into the happy peace and love and trashy metal surrounding us, upheivling us into the absurd of 14 o’clock meetings, 45º Celsius, June, July, August, September… Lots of pizza,loads of shit. No fun, only aggression and anunrelenting unquenchingstopless urge to fill our emptiness cups with holy and virginal anal nectar of death. They’re all wimps, now!
Helregni: Bactherion only released the demo before becoming Filii Nigrantium Infernalium. You certainly mean the ‘Blest by Sekmet’ split tape, which actually included the whole of the ‘The Miracle of Death’ demo. It was released by the people who went on to form Dark Records, that later released the Filii demo. Bactherion was a Black Doom band most influenced by Hellhammer and Necro Schizma.
Belathauzer: And early Samael.
Why did you decide then to change the band´s name and how did you end up choosing Filii Nigrantium Infernalium for your band's name? By the way, to all who don´t know please tell us what´s its correct meaning.
Belathauzer: It means Filhos das Trevas Infernais. It was even worse than other options, like Bactherion, Excrementia or Necrodisaster. It was even better than Mayhemicca or Megadeth of Death of Death (fucking). (thanks for not choosing any of the other options guys! -ed)
Helregni: Children of the Infernal Darkness is an adequate name for this band. It comes from a time when Black Metal was truly Black.
Who designed the wonderful logo and why did you decide to show it written backwards?
Belathauzer: I designed the logo, and a very strange travesty of death did the kraftwork. I can´t recall its name, but I’m sure Helregni does. It was Waldemar. Schoritzca. Dave Lombardo. I thought that once we turned down crosses and pentagrams, why not inverting the name of the band and the lyrics?
Helregni: The original idea was created by Belathauzer. Then Christophe Szpajdel gave it its final form. It was one of the first logos he did, and in my opinion one of the best. (totally agree – ed)
You were influenced by cult bands like Samael, Hellhammer Necro Schizma to name a few and classic heavy metal bands… Which bands do you feel have helped influence Filii Nigrantium Infernalium´s music most over the years? Did the band´s preferences changed along time?
Belathauzer: George Michael of death. But I’m heavily mindfucked and bile hearted, so Helregni, the wise man in the band may answer properly… A proper guy.
Helregni: No, the band’s references haven’t changed at all… There are many bands that can be named as influences, to our music and to our very lives. True Black Metal bands like Venom, Sodom, Master’s Hammer, Sarcófago… Thrash bands like Kreator, Slayer, Infernäl Mäjesty, Voïvod … and Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Accept or Motörhead. That’s it.
Correct me if I´m wrong, I remember reading an old interview were you showed you negative reactions to the trendy black metal scene back then and mainly your disgust towards the Norwegian black metal scene…what were your thoughts and vies about it back then?
Belathauzer: They have an anal cunt syndrome problem. Too much assholness and a little bit of lack of simply BLACK METAL IRONY. But, quoting the metal god Quorthon (intelligent until he began playng the childish flag game): «you don’t move me, I don’t give a fuck». Being racist and playing any form of rock and roll is as intelligent as believing in any fucking bloody god, Ala, Yaweh, Kali, Oden, any of them. It’s all the same master and sheep matter. So these bands began to play the Oh-dad-I-wanna-dance-with-Himmler song. Assholes. And in a certain way, they could have killed black metal. Fortunately, Black metal, TRUE Black metal, wasn’t them. It was, still, Venom/VENOM INC, Celtic Frost and Bathory (before the flag shit game).
Helregni: In the very early nineties we liked Mayhem and a couple of other Underground releases coming from Norway. After all the publicity, though, they gave birth to a scene that was the mental equivalent of a kindergarten for the retarded. All the Nazi shit (that had never had any place at all inside Metal), the supposed and laughable “elite”, the misanthropy gimmick, and everything really, was painful to see. I wouldn’t give a fuck, but they were posing as Metal and contaminating an already battered scene, and that was rather infuriating.
Belathauzer: Helregni is the voice of reason, hell yeah!
What memories do you have from the early days, in your scene with bands like Decayed and Moonspell, and what do you think about Moonspell´s change of style after the magnificent Under the Moonspell…
Belathauzer: I love it: but in the whole lotta opposite to it. But yes, I also prefer their older stuff. Which is ironic, since they always said they liked (OLD) Venom, (OLD) Possessed, (OLD) Celtic Frost… Quite a geriatricwise tonus, isn’t it? The first Black Metal band inhere was Thormenthor, their Self Immolation is such a blast. And a quite serious influence on our early sound.
Helregni: Those days are now long gone. At around 1993 those three bands were the whole of the Black scene in Portugal. Decayed had a long journey with highs and lows but they managed to survive and are still around playing their own thing. Moonspell quickly vanished and went on to other musical landscapes far away.
What are your fave Portuguese metal albums/EPs/demos?
Belathauzer: Àgata: Obras completas; Venom: Portuguese Assault; Abstract divinity of death; Square Beast: We care a lot of death. Idiotic answers, pardon: now, speaking as seriously as I may: besides the bands that Helregni – wisdomwisely – shall inhereafter mention, I should recall Moonspell’s Anno Satanae demo, Woolfheart, Grog, Braindead’s demos, The Firstborn albums, Shrine and Alkateya’s demos. But the very best are Vizir’s Ultramar sexual. Lately there’s a very nice band, quite doomy and blacksabbatish, Lâmina.
Helregni: There have been a number of quality releases throughout all these years, so many I am bound to forget something essential, so I’ll name just a few. I guess my favourite Portuguese band is Martelo Negro, and their latest album is a true Metal gem. Another name that cannot be left out is Thormenthor and their demos and 7”EP. Other than that… let’s mention Midnight Priest’s debut mini CD.
What philosophies, or ideologies, have contributed most significantly to the thematic content of your work?
Helregni: We don’t care about Satanic Bibles or stuff like that. I guess our main literary sources are the oldschool Metal albums themselves! What untold and unsuspected horrors and mysteries can be fathomed from the hermetic and overwhelming passages of ancient texts like the lyrics to ‘Burst Command till War’?! Other than that, we are very much against any form of authority.
Belathauzer: Now that Helregni is on answering seriously, I want to march in the flow, so I would say it’s quite a libertarian attitude, also aristocratic in the nietzschean sense of art as a superior way of being human, above religion, politics or science. I like the Bible and religious texts such as the Curan or De Sade’s filosophical books. Sadomasochistic and psicopath ideologies. But I’m also quite fond on reasonable scientific essays, such as Richard Dawkins. Blasphemy against any totem or dogmas. Ni Dios ni banderas y a tomar por culo.
Seven years passed between A era do Abutre and the release of A Queda, and usually there is a period of time between your releases, some may take this as a negative things but I think that you guys try to write material without any rush or without compromising the quality. How would you describe your songwriting process and your creative work?
Belathauzer: Those who think that a band should be constantly releasing stuff are supositorium-minded. You get it as it is, and the truth ends up to be as follows: que les den. About our latest upcoming album: Most words are the result of concentrating blasphemous images and strange semantic combinations, and the nice story is that I assembled most of them in several churches in the major house of God: Rome. I wrote them in a small book which I previously spurged with holy water. Which, by the way, is as unhealthy as it may: billion of bacteria swim and fornicate in basptismal floods. But again, that which does not infect you, does only make you healthier.
Helregni: There is no rush at all, and we also had a long hiatus at some point… The way things happened, I feel each Filii release is a reflection of its own era, its own line-up and what we ourselves were living at any given time. The album we have now just recorded was done in a very unusual manner for us… very fast, spontaneous and direct… it was quickly composed, a large part of it in the rehearsal studio, mainly by Belathauzer, with the assistance of Maalm. Then Belathauzer came up with his necroliturgical lyrics, fraught with jocosity and piety, and ecce opus tenebrarum.
Your lyrics are in Portuguese, except for Merge to Abscond, from the Rëtrofornicatör EP, why did you write that lyric in English? Will you try more lyrics in English in future releases?
Helregni: Not likely, but it might happen. It just came out that way. No particular reason. We might give it a try with other languages as well, it’s an idea Belathauzer has considered for a while. Also, now that you mention it, there may be a little something in English in the forthcoming album, that we have just recorded. Or not. We still have to decide.
Belathauzer: Why the hell should we use English, or any specific language? I thought METAL was beyond the sheep laws. But when you see most Manowar fans, for instance, you realize this is only a mere supposition. Ahora contesto en español, medio para joder, ou em português. Epa, quero lá saber se os monolingues apenas percebem inglês. Bestas quadradas do caralho of deatH! El próximo tendrá una letra en checo, en homenaje a los Masters Hammer y a los Root (antes de que entraran en el concurso de “vamos a MTV, hay que cantar en inglés, la lengua del imperio”). ¡Bah! Realmente, grandes Ángeles del Infierno ou Muro ou Santa: para que cantarmos todos na mesma língua, que ainda por cima desconhecemos? (I think it is impossible to get a better answer Belathauzer! Cojones!!! –ed)
Please explain us the concept behind the very cool title Rëtrofornicatör…
Belathauzer: Impossible to grasp. It is, in fact, and according to a high level of Kantian conceptuality (of putting oneself in a corner), of someone (human person A) to receive from someone (human person B) in the plumbing. Aristotle dedicates some lines in Greek to this in his Logic [Translated from Bad portuguese to perfect english by SIR HELREGNI OF DEATH].
Helregni: It is connected to a number of things. It is a bit of a tribute to the band Sodom, and also a reference to the "Retro" trend that was going on back then, and how trends ought to be fornicated.
I think Pornokrates: Deo Gratias is your more mature work to date, so to speak, as it is a perfect expression of all your musical influences and roots, and the sound is awesome. What were you aiming for production wise? `Cause all the instruments sounds clear yet very heavy and powerful…
Belathauzer: Yes, we were (and takk bra for your enthusiastic comment...). Paulo Vieira did a wonderful job, considering what we were looking for. The mix we have of javard Black and Heavy and clean Thrash needs that middle ground in which what matters is the power of the riffs to be very clear. Given this, the result is very good.
What´s the concept behind Pornokrates: Deo Gratias?
Belathauzer: The concept is always the same, since A Era do Abutre: Metal, Metal without boundaries of labels or subgenres. Only Metal is real. Always looking for the riff, the distinctive beat. The subject is in the ironic title: Pornokrates is a monicker for the medieval period in which the ecclesiastic autorities, specially in the italic peninsula, lived devotelly for sin and carnal excitations. We thank God for that. Thanks, Father of all castrati, for this beautiful and hilarious ecclesial culture which Thou hath offered to us, humble, pitiful, scourgeful arses and bitches who wander - lost - amidst the wonders of the world and the miracles of life… Blasphemy is an imperative duty, a moral obligation. Against any god, but specially the monotontheistic ones.
Can you tell us more about Rebanho de Lobos? about the lyrics, concept and the samplers used on the song?
Belathauzer: Hahaha! Great question. It is a song about the idiocy behind the "great" leaders, the need that the dictators of vast masses of herds have of considering themselves masters, wolves. It is the case of totalitarian ideologies, whether the reactionary fascism of the Nazis of the North (Hitler, etc.) or the South (Salazar, Franco, Mussolini), or those of Soviet fascism (Stalin, Ceaucescu ...). Whoever needs so much of a leader, führer, chief, shepherd, is a sheep. Even if he/she likes to lynch. Then it will be a wolf sheep. The Nazis are nothing more than that: lambs with predatory weapons. In fact, the extreme national patriotic right has this characteristic, which shares with the beasts of the burkoyihad. I will not shut up, they tried to kill me on one occasion and they could not. They are de-mentally retarded. One side and the other. And they're going to screw everybody up. It's all right. Infernos repeat themselves. Let's go to that, let's go to War (and above all to desertion). In Metal we have had to deal with these beasts that infested Black Metal and convinced many idiots that bands like Motörhead or Venom were "nazis". Is this possible??? It is, and proves that the neurological receptivity to the most complete imbecility is common to the religious mind, the canine mind, the sheep, and the pure and true. Ah, the recordings utilized ... 1) The thousand-year-old führer (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) in Nuremberg, in the film of that most talented imbecile Lehni Rieffenstal, The triumph of the will, the voice of the great and admired entrepreneur Jesus Hitler, and then we have another brute of prime category, a Spanish cardinal, Monseñor Reig Pla, who is a pedophile, homophobic and neo-fascist. Good people I love inviting to collaborate with Filii. All good people, that true patriots love, venerate and vote for. Fuck, what a moronic animal species this is! If only I were a ... bah, all species are, at least in potency. And a fly I would not want to be. That would be just like being religious, always smelling the shit.
Fellatrix Discordia Pantokrator was your first full-length and was released ten years after your debut recording, what does the album means for the band and how do you see it compared to Pornokrates? What is the significance of the album title?
Belathauzer: Pornokrates is a million times better. The drums are quite better, and you can extend this to every part of it. The title is clear: Discord, that great cock-sucker, rules over all. And the next one will go ahead and above.
One of my fave tracks from the album is Morte Geometrica, and it is a pretty interesting song title, what’s it about?
Belathauzer: It is about the destruction of the planet by the flocks of God, of all the gods.
Another track I really dig is Caes De Guerra, it has great melodies and a classic heavy metal spirit…
Belathauzer: Yes, but the problem with this theme is that it works like an advertisement for Cash Converters. There are no more guitars to sell, at least mine. Classic metal has always been with us. Soon we’ll re-record it in a more direct, fucked up crusty version.
A Era do Abutre Was reissued in 2015 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, including rare material as bonus tracks, one is the track from early 90s “Guerreiros Do Trovao”, please tell us more about this track, when was it written and why didn´t you released it before?
Helregni: After the release of 'A Era do Abutre', we played a couple of gigs. New songs were being written and we played a couple of them live. Then there were some line-up changes, a few gigs more, and the band entered a period of inactivity that lasted several years. After eventually rising from its coffin, those tracks were left behind or had riffs cannibalized into other songs... 'Guerreiros do Trovão' became 'Calypso'. Much later, when the vinyl edition of 'A Era do Abutre' was released, we decided to throw in some bonus material, including two songs that had been played live in 1995/1996 but had never been actually recorded. We recorded them as they used to be back then and that was it.
Looking back on it, how do you see “A Era Do Abutre” nowadays?
Belathauzer: A fucking great record, then and now. That's it.
Helregni: Those were very different times... we were young, inexperienced, and had very little time in the studio. Back then recordings were made on reels (you can actually see the real reel on one of the central labels of the vinyl version of 'A Era do Abutre') and we had two days to record everything and half a day to mix it... It was a step towards something, as everything is.
Your latest release so far was the Split 10” with the mighty Sabbat, I guess you felt glad sharing a Split with the crazy Japanese guys, absolute cult!
Helregni: We love Sabbat, of course… above all we are very happy with the high quality of the release, in every aspect. The artwork and overall presentation are really excellent. It was worth the wait.
Belathauzer: I agree and strongly recommend it. Great artistic object, released by Down With The Most High label. It includes a Japanese translation of our lyric «Matéria Negra», a quite curious and interesting fact for us.
With which bands have you felt comfortable sharing the stage? Have you ever crossed with some band with a rock star attitude? What were the best and worst gigs / memories?
Helregni: Sometimes it’s the smaller bands that have rockstar attitudes… I guess we can’t complain much about our past experiences. We are friends with several cool local bands, there are still a few playing music the way it’s supposed to be played. Sometimes we even invited some of those to play with us, like Martelo Negro, Vizir, Alchemist or Nightshift. Other friends we were honoured to share the stage with were, for example, Midnight Priest, Göatfukk, Festering, Disthrone, Grog, Decayed, and several others. And of course, we’ve also had the great personal pleasure of meeting and playing with bands like Venom, Venom Inc., Destruction, Nifelheim, Bolt Thrower, Vader and several others… and our friends from Omission. Unfortunately we never played with Bathory, but at least we got to meet Quorthon too. As to good and bad memories, nothing too extremely bad I guess… just not having the right feeling on stage. Good memories are plenty! Perhaps having a girl friend of ours come on stage and stick a crucifix up her cunt in a gig we played. That was fucking awesome.
What´s the strangest place and the most shocking place you have been?
Belathauzer: The Algarve, a terrible gig in an awful place named Satori. Bomb it, now. Never again. Throw the Mother of Bombs on it.
Helregni: A swinger club when everyone was fucking.
Are you working on new material? If so can you unveil some details? Do you have a release date scheduled?
Helregni: As I said previously, we have just quickly composed and recorded a new full-length album. It’s fucking heavy, and I would say it is our Blackest album yet… keeping in mind Black Metal for us is music from the EIGHTIES… not many details can be disclosed at the moment, and certainly no release date… hopefully still this year, but we just started looking for a label so it’s impossible to know.
BTHZR: Fuck the Eighties, the seventies, the nineties, fuck all ages.
Thank you for the dedicated time! End this interview as you want...
Helregni: Thank you for your support and your effort. Hail to all those who keep the Metal flame burning in these times of shitty poser pseudo Metal. If you are a false don’t entry, if you’re a Nazi, fuck off and die (this rhymes in Sarcófago English). Cheers and see you around.