HANDFUL OF HATE are veterans on the Italian black metal scene. You should know of them by now. And if not, here is an interview for you to get to know them a bit better. Replies by main man NICOLA BIANCHI. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?*
R: when we started in 1993 there was a different kind of musical behaviour. Few bands, dark attitude and the refusal of any kind of “social, viral” attitude. Black Metal was moving first screams worldwide except few older examples like Venom or Bathory. There was a strong fight against christianity and most of the bands were looking toward the nature and paganism. Today I think everykind of “usual” topic has been consumed and used so its very difficult to find out a proper space. Concerning us we always used to talk about unusual things for Black/ Death metal expecially that one coming from the northern part of Europe. We are delighted to talk and research about: carnality, extreme sexuality, iconography and heraldry, martyrdom and punishment, medieval and feudal imagery and so on. We traced this line and we’re running toward our horinzon.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
R: Honesty I think that geographic location matters a lot. Bands coming from north of Europe have a different support and attention. At the same time they have easier possibilities to grow up living into countries that support art and music.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
R: I never toured around the world, no budget for doing this but I did many small tours around Europe. It’s very good and a great experience to play into different places and to share the stage with good bands and meet a lot of supporters.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
R: Right now we’re getting very enthusiastic feedbacks. People seem to appreciate a lot our new album. This makes us proud and I think our label too. We like to meet all supporters during our gigs and to get different responses and opinions.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
R: Personally I get two different impressions in different frames of time: first one when I songwrite a new riff that sounds amazing my face gets a fucking smirk! And second the final response is onstage when I get fun to play this song and people move their asses!
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
R: you can ear the differences earing it. Digital is more “cold and aseptic” analog sound is “warmer” and more…. how to say? Intence? Mainly depends from the kind of music you perform. For the recording sessions I always prefer real amps instead programs.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
R: For sure it’s amazing and it helps to improve your way to play on stage. I really enjoy when I announce our most known songs on stage and people get very involved screaming and taking part make the stage to explode!
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
R: I try do not scream just the same boring and useless Blac Metal topics as: Satan, forests, ice, storms of demons… and so on… I consider it childish. Honesty I try to deepen more my research into an higer cultural level. I know it’s not so well appreciated cause meatlheads prefer simple and common topics. This doesnt matter to me I’m simply unable to write “proper” black metal lyrics.
What does the future hold?
R: I think the same. Our cover comes from a research into iconography and illuminated scrolls from first medieval period. We re-interpretated them and used medieval heraldry and images for our artwork. I really like it. All this downloading worldwide campaign for sure ruined the true musical passion and reduced the bands economic possibilities. At the same time I think that real musical lovers like to buy original stuff and enjoy music and artwork but they’re few ones survived.
Next days we’ll start the live campaign supporting “Adversus” if anyone interested to let us play live get in contact with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org