I did a more comprehensive interview with HATESPHERE a couple of years ago but with a relatively new album out I thought a new interview was in order. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-I wasn’t in the band back then. But the legend says that it’s a spin off of the Meshuggah album title ‘Chaosphere’, which somebody suggested as the new band name. Pepe found it lame to just rip off another band and came up with HateSphere instead.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We play modern Scandinavian thrash metal. We mix speed, groove, melodic riffing with a dash of death metal.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Death and destruction, of course. But the single greatest musical influence is the early Swedish melodeath scene for sure.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-I think so. But it doesn’t have to be as elaborate as promoting veganism or saving the whales. It can be as simple as spreading good vibes and bring some metal happiness to the world. I always say that playing metal music is a positive outlet for negative energy.
Is image an important factor to the band’s appearance?
-I guess it is, but it’s not something we think that much about. Our image is just how we are; fun, easy going, talkative beer drinkers.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Some bands have made a career through the controversy surrounding their album covers. It’s not something we have that much focus much. The music has our main attention. Yet, the cover for our latest album, ‘New Hell’, gained a lot of attention from fans, friends and critics, so maybe we’ll think about it a little more next time. Even though it only took around 30 minutes from the initial talk with the cover artist, Niclas Mortensen, till the cover art was more or less done. We’ll see.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-HateSphere is one the biggest and most experienced metal bands in Denmark, so of course, we’re interesting to a lot of metal heads. So I feel, when I talk to my fellow metal heads, they actually listen. But I had to first become a member of HateSphere and then cement my position as frontman before people began taking me seriously.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It’s amazing! It’s so cool to have a fan from the other side of the globe write you and tell you how much they appreciate your work. It makes it all worth it. I usually say I’m world famous but within a very narrow group of people.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-To me it’s the best way. The music has always been great but HateSphere’s forte is definitely live in concert. That’s where we really rip you a new one.
What does the future have in its womb?
-New Hell will be released on vinyl pretty soon. We have a couple of German shows. And if everything falls into place, the fall will be all about touring.