:: Interview with Hate
Interview with HateHate
returns with another album of blackened Polish death metal titled “Erebos.” This recording signifies a continuation of style first formulated in their 2005 album “Anaclasis: A Haunting Gospel of Malice
& Hatred.” This style parallels the consistency of the group’s latest lineup. The group has experienced a remarkable last five years, but life was not always peachy for these corpse painted death dealers.
Adam The First Sinner
(ATFS) formed Hate
in 1990. A revolting door of musicians marred ATFS’ musical visions and live aspirations during the band’s first decade. During this time, Hate
stuck to the Polish underground. They were, however, part of a blossoming death metal scene in their country that included Vader
took much longer to find international success than Behemoth
, but the last few years have shown the group following their friends’ example.
front man/guitarist ATFS spoke to Metal Ship before entertaining Austin, Texas for the first time. Read onward and learn a little of Hate
’s history, their new album, their live show and their place in the Polish DM scene.
Metalship : How is the tour going?
It’s a very good tour. We are having lots of fun. I’m really happy that I’m here. These are great times for us because this is a huge tour for the new album. First, we come through with Rotting Christ
, and the second leg is with Sepultura
and in part, Nevermore
recently canceled their tour).
Metalship : Are you sharing a bus with Rotting Christ? Yes
, and with Melechesh
. We’ve had no problems so far. We have a great atmosphere on the bus. We’re partying each night. Everything is fine.
Metalship : You toured with Hypocrisy last year, is that correct? That was your first tour in America. What did you learn about touring our country?
We found out that we have good support here in America. A lot of people were really digging our stuff. They were interested in what we do. This came as a surprise. We’ve seen a growing interest in our band since touring with Hypocrisy
. Getting people more familiar with us is the main reason we are here. We have a huge tour supporting this album. We are really happy with the response we’ve seen inside as well as outside the venues. We’ve met a lot of people who say the new album is really good stuff.
Metalship : Tell our readers about the album title of your new record, “Erebos.”
It is a word that comes from the Greek language, which came from Greek mythology. Erebos is the son of the deity called Chaos. Here, I use it as a metaphor. This album is not based on any mythology or religion. It is a metaphor for the dark side that exists in each of us. Also, Erebus literally means “darkness.” I use it as a metaphor for the darkness that we carry within ourselves. It is a great power, but the thing is to make it work for ourselves, and use it in the right way.
Metalship : How does “Erebos” compare to your previous recording “Morphosis?”
I think it’s a continuation of our style. That’s why I felt so comfortable with this one. It’s still Hate
, 100 percent, but we added to it. Each album we add something to our style. We try to develop and expand our perspective on the music. On this album you will hear more heavy metal influences, groovy stuff or industrial elements. The industrial elements are not new because we used them on “Anaclasis: A Haunting Gospel of Malice
& Hatred” (2005), so it’s a continuation of that style. Most of the production on the new album is much better than past recordings. We are really satisfied with the way the album sounds. It’s our best album so far. We are really satisfied because it only took five weeks to record. It was very intensive. That was a great experience for us. It was also hard because we had just finished the tour with Hypocrisy
and two days after the tour, we were in the studio recording the album.
Metalship : Did you write the songs for “Erebos” when you were on tour?
, most of them were written while on tour. After releasing “Morphosis,” we had been touring a lot. We were trying to make the best of our time between tours, but we were working on the songs while on tour. Some of the tracks from the “Erebos” album were tested on the stage. We played them even though they weren’t completed. We wanted to test them, especially “Wrists” and “Luminous Horizons.” We went through a few versions of those songs. We tested those on stage and learned more and more about how to make each song better.
Metalship : Did any of your band mates have issues with changing their parts?
We don’t quarrel about it that much. Also, I write all the riffs (laughs). It’s easier that way. It’s an effort. We always try to find a better arrangement. We usually do a few versions of each song. With “Erebos” we composed at least fifteen songs. You can see were a few of them that we threw away. In the end, these songs just didn’t suit our tastes. Either we forgot about those songs or we’re still working the material. It never ends. Right now, we are working on songs for the next album, while using some ideas from the past.
Metalship : Hate started out playing straightforward death metal and grind and has mixed industrial and black metal into later efforts. How do you view your group’s progression?
We’ve been through many changes of style, but we still play death metal. Death metal is still the core of what we do. Because we are quite deep into the occult, we bring in some black metal. Those are black metal things. We are especially associated with black metal because we use corpse paint. The misery, the corpse paint—the ritual that we have between each show is there to help us get into the role. It helps us be someone else on stage. Without it, it would be impossible. I know what I’m talking about because ten years ago we started using those types of things. It also helps connect with this energy, with something beyond. That might sound crazy, but that’s how we are. It really helps us be better on stage. We draw from somewhere else to get that energy. This ritual is something that makes our shows special, at least for us. People very often feel it, too. I hear that from people after shows. We see and hear their reactions. People value this and they value the show.
Metalship : Hate has gone through many lineup changes. You are the only original member. Has the revolving door of musicians led to a diversity of sound or was their unwillingness to change an issue that led to their firing?
There were many situations (laughs). Like you said, there were so many musicians that have played in this band. I started Hate
in 1990 as a teenager. It took me a lot of years to find those people who are now in the band. This lineup has been together for almost five years. We’ve been stable for five years, which I think is a big success. I think it’s partially my success, too, because it wasn’t easy to find the right people for this band. I’m very happy about the guys I have in the band now. We work well together and have the same goals. Everyone is focused on what we’re doing with the band, so it’s very good. On stage, we are a death metal machine! We know each very well. We’ve been through a lot of things in the last four years. We’ve toured Russia two times. We’ve been to Mexico, Brazil…we’ve been through some really personal stuff, some hard stuff. We’ve sacrificed a lot to get here.
Metalship : I often hear you compared to Behemoth, and I hear that in your style. I’ve read comments around the Internet about you being around longer than Behemoth and if anything, they copied your style. How do you feel about these comments?
It’s not an insult to me if somebody compares us to Behemoth
or some other band. We are from the same metal community as Behemoth
. We toured a lot together back eight-to-ten years ago. Behemoth
was not a big band at all back then. My opinion is they have influenced us just as much as we have influenced them. I’ve known Nergal for seventeen years. We are good friends. We talk a lot. We’ve been on many stages together. I know how their band developed and I’m quite sure they’ve drawn some inspiration from Hate
. We have taken much inspiration from them; too, that’s why with this album we are following in their footsteps through America. We are also trying to make an international name for ourselves. For many years, Hate
was a local band. For ten years we didn’t even try to make our name international. After I found the right musicians who were extremely dedicated to the band, we started to bring Hate
outside Poland. Behemoth
were more fortunate in the respect that they had the support of a big label. They were able to tour a lot, and we did not. Most people have heard of Behemoth
, at least new Behemoth
, and are just starting to learn about us.
Metalship : “Erebos” is now available from Listenable Records.
added by Darren Cowan, on April 13, 2011 for Metalship