1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Nathaniel: Hello, thanks for your interest. I know you want to hear some exciting story now, but unfortunately not much happened. We made some new songs, then corona came...
Profanatitas: … and slowed everything down. But the story goes on and the new songs slay.
2.You have a new album coming out in March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
N: In my opinion, it's not too different from the old stuff. We just took ourselves more time, that's why the songs sound more mature. Somehow everything sounds 'grown up' and I think it´s more brutal.
P: I wouldn't use the word 'mature' here, but it's definitely our most brutal and profound work. Everything is intensified to the pain threshold.
3. This is also your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
N: We barricaded ourselves in the rehearsal room and worked on the new album.
P: That process was sometimes faster and sometimes slower; some song fragments existed even before the material for the second album, and those fragments helped finalizing the new songs long after. Curiously, the 'oldest' song on the album was the last one to be completed. The recordings took several years due to various reasons, and what we thought were the finished song structures when recording the drum tracks in fact grew themselves wider and deeper during the recording sessions. Mixing/mastering though also took very long and occasionally caused some negative tension and even frustration at some point, but when looking back I think the album just had to take so long to get finished. Otherwise it wouldn't have been as intense as it is now.
4.You also have some lyrics covering Satanism and Demonic Magick, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
P: Da Deife? We are no 'satanists', we don't believe in any dogmatic limitations. We never mentioned satanism in former interviews, nor did/do we write about such, so where does this assumption come from? My lyrics can't be clearly pinpointed. Exploring inner & outer dimensions and crossing their borders; sanity and insanity, life and death, fiction and non-fiction, dreamlike rapture and festering black slime - the duality of things. When you create something in your mind (or something is created into your mind from outside), fiction becomes reality somewhere in the very moment you think/dream of it.
N: I am fascinated by death and what happens afterwards. What happens when you die, how do you feel? Where will you go to? 'Omne vitae...' for example is about how I might feel if I slowly die alone in the dark. The lyrics to 'Der Todten Tantz' were written during a funeral (really) and are about the journey into eternity. 'Inmortuos sum' is the second part of 'Der Tod' (from our second album 'Imis Avernis'), where death picks me up and shows me the place of my rotting soul.
5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
N: Profanatitas is also heavily influenced by H.P.Lovecraft, I'm more concerned with my own thoughts and inner devils that drive me. All in all, we write about 'Liebe, Tod & Teufel' - without love!
P: Yes, Lovecraft can often be a strong accelerator for me. The essence of his writings sometimes helps me shifting my inner borders in one direction or the other. He was a very gifted man, and truly a lost soul.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mortuus Infradaemoni'?
It literally means 'death among demons', a description that fits to our music perfectly. This is how it should feel like when listening to our songs.
7.Both of the members were a part of 'Lunar Aurora' in the past, a band that has a history going back to the 90's, what are some of the changes you have seen in German black metal in the past 3 decades?
N: You must know, the musical trends don't interest me, I don't know how the German or the worldwide scene has developed either.
P: We had/have contacts to very few respectable bands/individuals. For any 'scene' or whatsoever we really don't care.
8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
P: The cover artwork and also the back cover were painted with oil on canvas by Chilean artist Rodrigo Pereira Salvatierra. Thank you again for this masterpiece! Generally, the album's title describes it best with few words. Everything is doomed to perish in eternal death – but then, remember: death is also always a gateway to something else. Even if I die, I am not dead. See what it reveals to you personally when watching the painting.
9.Currently there are only 2 members but you have worked with other musicians in the past, are you open to expanding the line-up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We started as a two-piece in 2005. Aether was the singer on our first album 'Daemon Qui Fecit Terram' where he did a great job. After that he quit unfortunately due to personal reasons. Since then we are a duo again, sharing the vocal spewings. Sindar from LUNAR AURORA had been recruited as session bassist/vocalist for live gigs. In any case, we will continue as a duo.
10.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
N: Unfortunately we didn't play many gigs, but without any doubt in my mind the best one was in October 2008 at the 'Aurora Infernalis Fest' at Willemeen in Arnhem/Holland. The whole environment and especially the package was right. Most of the fun afterwards... GEHENNA, you are great! Performance? We just play our music. We don't need leather boots or upside down crosses and we don't jump across the stage breathing fire. We let the music be....
P: Personally spoken, I don't like it that much to play live; but when sitting behind the drumkit it then quickly feels like I'm in the rehearsal room and that's when I'm satisfied and can beat the shit out of the drums. No special performance, we just let our music crush your fucking face. Questionable though if we will play live again some day, our last gig was 11 years ago.
11.The new album is going to be released on 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Cold Dimensions'?
N: There are no differences between them, we make the music and Iron Bonehead does the business, as it was with Cold Dimensions. Cold Dimensions was a small but exquisite label, Iron Bonehead I think has probably more options of promotion etc. But that is not important. Patrick, thanks for your help!
P: The most important thing to us is that the person running the label is standing 100% behind what he's doing and what we are doing. And Patrick is doing this with 111% proffessionality & dedication, so eternal thanx to him!
12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
N: Some like us, some hate us. We don't try to please anyone, we make the music that flows out of us. I don't really care if others like our music, we make the music for ourselves. For us, the main reason to release an album is to hold the finished stuff in our hands and we can say: we created it.
13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We try to improve after each album, to step it up a notch in intensity and harshness. A lot of bands try to get technical after one or two brutal albums, then forget about the original brutality, try to sell a lot of albums. They forget about the original idea of Black Metal. If that happens to us (which is impossible though), we'll stop making music.
14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
N: Of course you're influenced by everything and everyone, but that's the music we want to make. Whether earlier bands like SLAYER, POSSESSED, then DARKTHRONE, IMMORTAL, BEHEMOTH etc. were a reason for making this music, who knows... I've always listened to heavier music, but I think if a song awakes a feeling in me, whatever kind, it's at least worth listening to. My favourites nowadays: NAZXUL, DARKSPACE, the old norge connection and the good old 80's stuff like "Scream Bloody Gore" or "Misanthropy" (do you still know PROTECTOR?).
P: Everything around you influences you permanently, be it consciously or subconsciously. Generally it always depends on my mood what I can listen to. My main musical obsessions still reside in stuff that kicks you in the balls: be it REVEREND BIZARRE, MOTÖRHEAD, EJECUTOR from Chile, STARGAZER, AUTOPSY, BAAL ZEBUTH. VLAD TEPES/BELKÈTRE not to forget. Early BLACK SABBATH. 'Conan The Barbarian' soundtrack by Poledouris. The list could go on endlessly. And 'Hell Awaits' is definitely the meanest record of all time! This was one of my first Metal-albums, and it's still the darkest. It of course happens that a newly released album or demo crosses my ears and impresses me, but mostly it's stuff from my music collection. From ambient to classical to Hard Rock to the blackest and deadliest of Metal. I'm also a bit narrowminded at times, but nowadays I listen to a lot more different musical styles than 20 years ago. Try listening to 'Heresie' by UNIVERS ZERO, and 'Les morts vont vite' by SHUB NIGGURATH (the French, not the Mexicans – but I like both!). Fascinating anti-music, but performed with real instruments!
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview... and stay in hard and black stuff!