Can you be old school without being old school? Well you can always try like MY DARKEST HATE has done. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-I had the idea to form a Death Metal band since the early ninties, but it took me some years to find the perfect line-up. My influences was Slayer, Bolt Thrower, Vader and Celtic Frost so the intention was to play stuff like that and have a lot of fun! I had enough ideas and it was no big deal to get enough songs for the first album.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-I am never 100% satisfied. There are always things I hear who could be better. So maybe I am a perfectionist, but I can live with that. I’m very pleased with the Anger Temple album. It sounds massive and brutal and fits very good to our music. I am also happy that the fans like it so we get very good reactions!
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Back then I was a very angry young man. I wanted a name that fits to my feelings and sounds of course like Death Metal. So I choose My Darkest Hate. These days I am a bit more calm but it still fits very well, haha.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is not important for us. We let the music do the talking. I think the fans like our music, we need no make-up, masks, swords or anything like that! Just old school Death Metal!
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-A good artwork is of course important. We had very good guys in the past like Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia) or Jan Meininghaus (Kreator) for the artwork. So the new one was created by Hans Trasid who also did a great job! It shows a person that fights with its inner demons who want to take control. So we have to see if we can get this on vinyl. Would be awesome!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I think it is important and gives you a lot of advantage. Of course I love the good old times with all the tapetrading but time goes on and I try to see the chances the internet gives. Especially for new bands is it a great gift!
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Not the band is the community but the whole metal szene! We love to be a part of it and be involved in the Metal community! There are so many great people. Of course it is also cool to be part of a band but for me it was never that important.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
-If you wanna have a good distribution, means that you will be available on Amazon, Itunes, all the big onlinestores like Nuclear Blast and also in local recordstores than I think you still need an record company. In addition they normally help you with a production budget, maybe a tour and thinks like that.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Touring is important but not a must. We all play besides My Darkest Hate in other bands so it’s not so easy for us to go on tour. At the moment we focus on good festival shows, like for example the RUDE Open Air near Magdeburg / Germany we play this summer with bands like Entombed and Krisiun.
What will the future bring?
-Nobody knows, haha. I already have some ideas for the next album so I think in 1 – 2 years we will record the next Death Metal killermachine! As long as we have fun My Darkest Hate will always be!