I have no problems admitting that I’ve consciously haven’t checked out HATESPHERE until now. But once I heard this new album I knew I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Is it a good thing to be a Danish metal band in terms of getting recognition? Are people interested in finding out what makes a band from Denmark sound so angry?
-I don-t really think it depends on whether you are from Denmark or Uganda for that matter. We get the recognition we get, because we have been doing what we do for so many years, because we put out albums that people find good, and because we play a lot of shows. But luckily people are interested, and luckily we still get to do what we do. People are interested in finding out why we sound so angry but I wouldn’t say it’s because we are from Denmark.
Is the present Danish metal scene something to be proud to be a part of or is it more like a legacy from the past?
-I am proud of being a part of the scene – especially because I have been for so many years and because I feel we play a big part in the scene and have done so for many, many years. But I must admit that I haven’t really heard any new bands around that I find good – and that’s not only on the Danish scene. In Denmark the “older” bands like ourselves, Illdisposed, Mnemic, Mercenary and Raunchy still are most well known, so I miss someone new coming up and trying to take the throne.
I gotta say that I haven’t bothered checking you out until now even though I only live on the other side of the sound. What is it that has defined your sound, what makes HATESPHERE sound like HATESPHERE?
-Well, luckily you have 8 albums and 2 mini-albums you can check out now. We sound like us, because we don’t sound like anybody else – quite simple. We haven’t really invented anything totally new but which band has that? We play our music, so people know after listening that this was HateSphere. They can hear lots of other influences but the main sound is our own. We make a big deal out of making catchy and groovy songs – and we quite frankly write what we feel for.
Do you see a continual development from album to album? How different is HATESPHERE 2013 compared to when you started?
-HateSphere today are more self confident, and we are way more thrashy today than when we started out. There has been a development from album to album, and If you don’t develop just a little bit, your music will lose its meaning. I don’t mean you have to change like crazy but there has to be a development to make the music stay exciting. We usually just write what we feel for making the songs as exciting and long lasting as possible. We approached this new album in a more rocklike manner, both sound-wise and songwriting-wise. It’s has got some different sounding stuff on it, both fast and brutal, groovy and melodic and slow and atmospherical. All in all quite diverse.
How pleased are you with your latest recorded work? What kind of responses have you had to it so far?
-We’re really pleased. In our opinion its one of our best, and it has been a great experience writing the album. The responses so far have been quite good. You can’t make everyone happy whenever you make an album. Somebody always like your previous album more, or don’t like the development on this new one etc. etc – but that’s just how it is, when you have done 8 albums. Some people expect something different from what we give them, because they really like the sound on some of the other albums. These people usually start liking the album anyway after having heard it for a while – like everything else you have to get used to certain things before liking them. But it is surely always easier to make the first couple of albums than making album number
Anyway, most of our fans like our sound, and it seem they really like the new album as well. You should just never expect to make everyone happy.
What was it that made you go with the name you have? What do you feel about it now that you’ve gotten accustomed to it?
-We came up with the name back in 2000 just before we recorded our debut album. Well, we weren’t satisfied with our old name (Necrosis), which we felt sounded too death metal like, and we felt it was a good time to present a new name now that we were about to record our first album. At that time we felt it was cool with that sphere-thing, and now we are just used to it, so we don’t think that much about it anymore. I personally like it, and all the other good band names were taken, so this was the best we could come up with, hehe. I mean, now bands call themselves “I wrestled a bear once”, “I butter the bread with butter”, so I think we got ourselves off pretty easy…
How important is it to have something to say? I’ve always had the feeling of the Danes being more straight forward and to the point than us Swedes.
-I don’t know if that is true. But I think you need to have something to “say” music wise. Lyrically you could sing about rabbits for all I care. If the music is shit then the lyrics doesn’t really make up for it, right? Anyway, if I am totally honest I like the bands that successfully combine the lyrics and the music. That gives a great experience listening to the music. But music always come before lyrics, no doubt about it.
Can art work be used as a way to make a statement? What makes great art-work work?
-It surely is an obvious place to make a statement, and you have seen many bands provoke with their artwork. It’s hard to say what makes an artwork great. You can like the artwork but then listen to the music and think “why the hell did they choose this artwork for this music? It really doesn’t fit together”. So, if you look on the artwork separately you might like it but the greatest album covers are the ones that fits the atmosphere of the music and the lyrics.
How easy is it to get blinded by Facebook like when you know that you can buy them or a by countless hits on Youtube and think that you’ve made it big? How do you best utilize the interest you get on social media to actually have it mean something in real life?
-Yeah, well some people think that a band is big if they have a lot of Facebook-likes… which is not necessarily the case. We try to look at how many people we reach with our posts, and if we reach a big percentage of our likes, we have done our job well. But I like the opportunities that these social media give you. You can interact with your fans in no time, and vice versa. It’s good for both fans and bands that way!
Is there a future?
-I should mean that tomorrow is the future… and I am pretty sure that I wake up tomorrow, so let’s agree on that there is indeed a future… for us in includes a big Denmark tour and some EU-tour stuff next year, and hopefully some great festivals as well. The album has just been out for a couple of months, so we have lots of stuff to work with.