France’s Malhkebre play occult black metal. The band was formed by vocalist Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk, owner of Battlesk’rs Productions, and features members of Darvulia and Ossuaire. Take Five spoke with Berzerk, who gave us a glimpse of his darkened philosophy through “The Apostles of Ignominy.”
Please explain the meaning of your band’s name and how it fits into your musical approach.
Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk:“Malhkebre is the messenger. Showing the path to take. Breaking the mirrors of humanity’s illusions. Opening spirits to faith. Making needless human souls fall. Malhkebre is an entity of dark essence. We did not choose this name but MALHKEBRE chose us to spread His words. We’re His mediums of flesh and bone.”
Tell me about your EP, Prostration. What can listeners expect to experience? And what led to its re-release on Ahdistuksen Aiho Productions?
Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk:“Listeners could expect true Religious Black Art. Metal ov God by Chosen Ones for human vermin. When music, art, and religions seem just to be selling subjects, we think that it’s totally stupid to produce too many releases in a short amount of time. We are not the ones that produce an opus every year, just for mass marketing.
“Prostration has been distributed only on vinyl format via a confidential way. His message must be spread in every rat’s corner as plague. We don’t fight for a pseudo-elitist scene formed by alcoholics and metal d#ckheads that bought their records on e-bay because it is cult and limited. His messages will be spread at a maximum level, and the support that AAP gives to this piece of Black Art is welcome. Tour De Garde has just released a tape version of Prostration. His reign begins!”
Explain what subjects inspire you lyrically? And how you go about composing lyrics to a song?
Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk:“Our creative process is always different. We can work all alone or all together, under the use and abuse of drugs . . . all ways to feel and spread His presence may and must be used. All band members have a strong spirituality. Our influence and inspiration come from all, our daily life, books, research. . . .
“I could be inspired by a war movie or even cartoons. About cartoons, have you ever seen the propaganda in them? They are not so friendly as lots of people think they are. Take a look to the analysis of Mickey Mouse by Kenneth Anger. Inspiration may also come from Baudelaire to Sarkozy. When you analyse things, all is interesting. . . . We are in a country built on the values of Judeo-Christian traditions, so we are more sensitive to it. But our views and faith have no boundaries, as our sources of inspiration and creative process.”
What was it about black metal that first attracted you to the genre? What do you think of the present black-metal scene?
Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk:“I have always been interested in Dark Arts. I think that if you come to this world with the seeds of knowledge, you will be attracted by the Ignominy, thus by black metal. I have no idea about the current black-metal scene and I don’t care about it. We work in the name of God, not in the name of a scene.”
Do you think it’s possible for listeners to understand the overall message presented by your band? Or are the clichés of black metal and so-called Satanism much too prolific?
Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk:“We don’t care about clichés. Feedback from Prostration has been really negative for humanity and the world. Message has strangely been understood. There will always be some hypocrites that will scream Allelujah and will never understand nothing, but He will recognize His ones.
“Our fight just begins. Join us to spread His message. Help the chosen ones to bring the torch of unlightment. We’re the one that put the putrid seeds in the spirits of your child. If you want to help the work of ‘The Apostles of Ignominy,’ contact us. United by our ideals, by our faith we can change and piss on our society. It will be ephemeral because all must die. But it can be f$%king exciting! We’re the new religious soldiers; we go under the banners of war and philosophy. If you don’t understand us, it’s normal!”