The earliest emanations of the black metal movement were distinct and unique, reflecting artists’ efforts to build upon styles of metal that had run their course and were no longer viewed as sufficiently extreme. There was at that time no script or blueprint for black metal; it was an evolving genre without defined limits or constraints. Though some may quarrel over the precise origin of black metal, there is little doubt that the Norwegian scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s was responsible for bringing the genre to the attention of the greater public. In the decades since, that scene has assumed a nearly mythical stature. In 1988, a band called DISORDER formed in Sarpsborg playing thrash metal but with a penchant for conjuring the evil elements of the genre. The band quickly changed the name to PERDITION HEARSE, and began exploring darker sounds, crossing into the emergent black metal style. Mala Fide compiles the two Perdition Hearse demos from 1991 and 1992, and features STIAN "OCCULTUS" JOHANSEN on vocals, who was a co-founding owner of the infamous Helvete record store in Oslo and the vocalist in MAYEHM following Dead’s suicide.