In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with DECISION TO HATE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name is and remains the program, whereby this was the idea of our old webmaster and friend, who unfortunately died in the meantime. There were also thoughts not to use the name anymore, respectively the band was dissolved in 2014. At the reunion we kept the old name and continued because we got along again. Even though we have developed musically massively and actually have nothing in common with our first steps, it was always hate that was the motivation for music and especially the lyrics.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-It’s very different with every band member. We draw our influences from the old heroes to music that has nothing to do with metal. Everyone has his contribution and in the end everything fits together and sounds the way it sounds. In the past a big Black Metal influence was always important to me, whereby I playfully orientate myself more and more at the good old Death Metal. My part probably consists of influences from Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Death, Arkhon Infaustus, Protector, Mayhem, Burzum etc…
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-As a rule, we try to combine both, which has been noticed by many writers in many reviews of our current album “Anti-Human Art”. I don’t know if we think differently about the arrangement when we play fast or slow. We let ourselves be guided by intuition, as it should be in general. At the moment we are writing a song that has a slow and very long ending after very fast parts. Dealing with monotony is a high art, which we prove with “Strength & Depression”, the last song of the album.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-While in the studio it’s very clinical, highly concentrated and orderly, chaos and aggression dominate live – at least with me, I don’t see the other guys during the performance, haha! We just made ourselves a partly sick name with very brutal gigs. When blood flows, it’s not artificial blood. I hate bands that play perfectly and stand around on stage like clumsy music students, as if they were bored. If your own music already bores you… I hope our fans will forgive my / our mistakes in favour of an extreme show! Extreme music for extreme people!!!!!
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Unfortunately, nowadays it seems to be very important to have a clever distribution. We’re in a grey area, we’re too much Death Metal for Black Metal labels and we sound too independent for today’s Death Metal labels. As one of 10000 Entombed and Dismember clones you have it easier. All these new unimaginative old school death metal bands piss me off. As far as all the platforms are concerned, I don’t know anything about them and don’t really want anything to do with them. Doesn’t make our band any more successful. We are very grateful to our bassist Matthias for taking care of everything around our bandcamp site https://decisiontohate.bandcamp.com/. Pre-releases or appetizers of our music have always been uploaded by ourselves, we are not so big that we would be victims of such attacks.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-In fact, in the past it was very difficult to get to underground bands or even to become aware of them in the first place. You really had to deal with it and work it all out. How long it took me to get to Necrovore after my hero David Vincent wore a shirt of them on a photo… I also didn’t have many friends who really listened to extreme metal, which made things even more difficult. Otherwise tape-trading and order lists in letter form really had style. With the extra effort of those days you kept all those losers from the scene who preach lactose intolerance instead of classical intolerance nowadays. I miss these times – clean the scene (which is the title of our latest song by the way, haha)!!!!!
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Make front covers great again! There are so many kinds of great front covers. Whether photographed, drawn, painted… Our drummer Cassiel had the idea for the current front cover, a wonderful painting by Gustave Doré. There was no better way to capture the mood and concept of the album. Since heroes like Emperor also used his paintings, I was quickly persuaded. We’ve already done it all; on our debut MCD “Inhuman Determination” we edited a self-made photo and used it as cover, on “Prepare for Self-Destruction” it was the work of an American artist and now a classic painting.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I don’t feel part of any scene in any way. All assholes, in the metal scene only those who listen to good music. But they stay what they are. Nowadays it’s almost too easy for new bands to gain a foothold. In former times there was a small, hard scene, today every music student has to form a band immediately and start without own ideas. So it doesn’t stay away that sometimes you are confronted with bands at concerts for which “second class” would still be a compliment. Less is more. It should be more difficult for bands again, so only the good would prevail again. Metal is already very popular in Germany, but in our case I think that at most 5% of the people who come to our concerts understand what we do and what we want to say with it.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Downloads have no soul. Unfortunately, you can’t get along without offering them. I always have to hold something in my hands, leaf through the booklet… It would be desirable that the old-fashioned prevails. Even big record labels and bands release (again) vinyl records. We will see. Other developments that have nothing to do with music worry me much more, but that doesn’t belong here.
What lies in the future?
-Death!!! At the moment we are very happy to share the stage in Prague/Czech Republic with greats like Nifelheim and Vulcano in November! What an honour!! Another gig with Fleshcrawl is already fixed, otherwise it would be time again to play with our friends from Accu§er, who are probably the most famous band from our hometown Siegen. More than half of the material for a new album would theoretically already be existing, but we’re in no hurry and “Anti-Human Art” hasn’t been on the market that long.
First of all thank you very much for your interest and the interesting questions, have a look at https://www.facebook.com/DecisionToHate/, also for gig requests. Death & Metal, Thogarma (vocals & guitars)