If the ever was a classic Italian black metal band it would be HANDFUL OF HATE. Iinterview with Nicola. Anders Ekdahl ©2014
Ever since I first heard of you guys back in the late 90s I’ve been wondering about the name. What made you go with the moniker HANDFUL OF HATE?
Nicola: Our first bass player Ugo (rip in 1994) chose this name cause it reminded him “our way to play Black Metal” with “handful or a fucking fist” of Hate.
You guys have been going for a while now. What was it that made you want to play the style of black metal that you do play?
Nicola: we have always looked forward to the most extreme forms of metal and we still consider Death and Black as a single thing melt together in a dark way. So year by year we have improved ourselves without the common will to “change style” under the influence of the new fashion. We kept going straight to our path and I think that, after 20 years, I can affirm Handful Of Hate is a fucking killer blasting machine!
Can we talk about an Italian black metal sound the way we talk about a Swedish or Norwegian?
Nicola: Honestly I think we cannot. There are a few bands here playing black metal and only some of them have a long history. We can talk about a personal way to play this kind of music developed through the years.
You got a new album to promote. How pleased are you with this one?
Nicola: Actually we’re far beyond all the best expectations. We’re gaining a lot of awesome consent and amazing reviews. First print is sold out and we’re constantly looking to new concerts.
When you write songs what is it that you want to say with your music? Do you have a grand message that you want to get out?
Nicola: No particular message, no proclaims only extreme, and I hope, good music with gruesome lyrics. That’s me, my inner part coming out and screaming through my notes.
When you look back on what you’ve released do you see a red thread in your progression? Is HANDFUL OF HATE of today close to the HANDFUL OF HATE that released that very first album?
Nicola: Not. The band changed a lot, I improved year by year my experience and my way to play guitar. At the same time the line-up got a lot of changes and every time we stopped. The red thread I think is characterized by our blasting and really fast solutions.
Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or ipads/computers?
Nicola: I think yes. You can download our music but how beautiful is to get in your hands a real cd digipack or jewel with a booklet or a limited edition or a vinyl? We always tried to match together music and artwork.
What would you say is a great album cover? What does it have to contain for it to be great? I love the really big, colorful ones from the LP days. The ones you could sit for hours looking at discovering new details.
Nicola: I agree! Honesty I don’t know the formula for a perfect or awesome cover but I like both: drawings (old style) and pics. It depends on what it makes me feel. For example our new album cover “To Perdition” when I saw the picture of the torture chair I claimed: “ that’s perfect!” It’s not only a matter of concept but the image itself is great, the color and the prospective sense.
What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
Nicola: I’m an old school man. I think music must be played with a physical effort. Not interested into computers electronic solutions. I think that, nowadays, you can play great music according to an old style with modern sound.
What do you see in the future?
Nicola: I hope many gigs and maybe to reprint something old from our discography as our first demo and our EP’s.