Polish band Hate have recently released
their latest album Anaclasis: A Haunted Gospel Of Malice And Hatred. An
album filled with furious and razor sharp death metal in the way of elder
gods like Morbid Angel and Vader to name a few. We contacted the bands'
guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Adam The First Sinner
to find out a bit about the past as well as what the future holds for
Tim: First of all congratulations to a well
done work with the latest release from Hate: Anaclasis - A Haunted Gospel
Of Malice and Hatred (Listenable Records).
Hate has been around since its first breath back in 1990. Could you tell
us how it all started and give us a presentation of the band, members
Adam T.F.S: Yes, sure. I started Hate back
in 1990. Since then we've released three albums outside Poland: "Holy
Dead Trinity"(World War III 2000), "Cain's Way" (World
War III, 2001) , Awakening Of The Liar (Listenable, 2003) and the
DVD "The Litanies Of Satan" (Metal Mind Productions, 2004).
As you know our new record called "Anaclasis - a haunting gospel
of malice and hatred" has just been released worldwide on Listenable
Records. That's the whole story in brief. As for the line up, we are
a four-piece again, although we recorded 'Anaclasis" as a trio:
me -guitars, vocals, Hellrizer -drums and Cyprian-bass. Kaos, our
former guitarist left the band in January for some personal reasons.
It was his own decision and we parted ways with him in perfect peace.
Since then we've been a three-piece, collaborating with a session
musician at times. We decided to record the new album as a trio, because
it was too little time to look for a new musician. Two months after
recording session for "Anaclasis" we started looking for
a new guitarist. When we announced it on our website, many talented
people came forward; some of them from such distant places as Ukraine,
Holland and even Brazil! We were simply amazed by the response. After
numerous auditions we have finally agreed on Hellbeast (a guitarist
from our home town Warsaw) to be a new member to the line up. He's
a young, talented man known from several underground death/thrash
bands. He has just outstripped all the other candidates. We're rehearsing
a lot these days to make the songs as tight as possible.
Tim: Two years have now passed since the
last release. What's been going on in the Hate camp since The Awakening
Of The Liar album?
Adam T.F.S: In 2004 we released a DVD "The
Litanies Of Satan" world-wide on Metal Mind Prods. We shoot it
in a professional TV studio in Krzemionki, Krakow in February 2004
where we played in company of Gorgoroth, Carpathian Forest and Carnal
Forge. It was one of the longest gigs we've ever played - altogether
15 songs. We presented mainly the material from "Awakening Of
The Liar" album, but also from "Cain's Way" and "Holy
Dead Trinity". I think it's a great gig and it sounds fucking
unholy. There are some things on the DVD we would have changed (Metal
Mind didn't consult us about the shape of the record..), but generally
the concert itself is a killer and the artworks were done by our long-time
graphic designer - Graal. In February 2005 we played a European tour
(that didn't cover Scandinavia unfortunately) which had a great response
from magazines and fans in the countries we invaded. I hope we'll
soon come back promoting the new material and I'd love to play in
Scandinavia this time too.
I would say that Hate have managed to create a very own musical identity.
Any comments and thoughts regarding the musical development of the band?
And all those cool samples, where do they come from?
Adam T.F.S: Well, you see..progress is always
the most important thing to me. There are too many bands nowadays
copying one another and I must say I was just fed up with it. I wanted
new Hate album to sound in a different way from most of death metal
shit on the market now. Extreme music needs fresh ideas, sounds, ways
of expression, and that's what we bore in mind all the time when working
on "Anaclasis". This album is an attempt to play extremely
in a fresh way without giving up the extremity. As for inspirations,
I think it might be the electric heavy rock that I listen to quite
a lot. I mean bands like Nine Inch Nails, Y Front or M. Manson, but
also some metal acts like Thorns or Zyklon. However, we arrange the
samples/backgrounds in our own way. Some time ago we were the first
metal band in our country to use a sequencer on live shows - a device
that enable you to play the background sounds/samples on stage in
a real time. It means that the audience can hear not only the guitars,
bass, drums and vocals but also all the industrial backgrounds - exactly
as on the album. Using sequencer on stage is very demanding on a musician;
you must always keep to the tempo..otherwise you can get a complete
chaos. We've been playing with a sequencer for over a year now and
I must say it gives our music some new dimension. When composing "Anaclasis",
we decided to use more synthetic sounds which gave the new songs some
dirty, industrial climat which is not usual among traditional d/m
bands. However, it's still the guitar riffs and vocal lines that play
the main role in our music.
Tim: You used the Hertz Studio in Bialystok
for the recording of Anaclasis. Could you tell us how the recording procedure
was this time? Were there any problems on the way or did it go smooth
Adam T.F.S: Everything went quite smooth this
time, however it was harder than recording "Awakening of the
Liar", because the new material is generally faster and quite
demanding technically. It took us over a month at Hertz Studio, where
most of the tracks were laid. Earlier we worked on a synthetic background
and samples at Hard Studio, Warsaw, with Kris Wawrzak as a co-producer.
All the rest was recorded at Hertz with Wieslawski Bros - producers
of our previous album. We had a comfort of 6 weeks booked at the studio
which enabled us to experiment with the sound and work on every small
detail to get the best effect possible. The tempo of almost each song
is well above 250 metronome beats per minute. It's a really devilish
speed. Our drummer Hellrizer proved to be in a good shape at the studio
so we decided to play some tracks even faster than planned before.
We also experimented with the sound quite a lot this time. We wanted
the album to sound quite cold, almost industrial, so we had to check
many differend amplifiers and pre-amps. Finally, we used Randall signed
by Dimebag Darell with Pantera. It has quite specific, sharp sound.
Tim: What are the main subjects that influence
you when it comes to writing your music and lyrics?
Adam T.F.S: This time I didn't draw my inspiration
from any written materials. It was more my own emotions that really
played role. All the lyrics were written quite spontaneously in the
studio between the recording sessions. Working on them I felt like
a relay between this real world and the world beyond receiving some
emotions and pain that was not mine but coming from other people or
souls. A metaphysical/mystical experience of sorts. To me it's strange
because I never wrote lyrics in this way. You will also find this
idea reflected in the music - besides my vocals there are demonic,
women's voices that sound as if they come from beyond. We used such
effects in almost each track on the album so you may get an impression
of a "haunted" music.
How massive will the touring and promotion on the Anaclasis album be?
And is there any hope for the fans in Scandinavia to see Hate live?
Adam T.F.S: There's a European tour in our
plans for 2006. I don't know details yet but it's probable that we'll
go across Europe in February or March. It's hard to tell at the moment
if we'll go to Scandinavia too; I've no details about the tour as
yet. We've also been invited to some summer festivals in Germany,
Ukraine and Czech Republic. Next year we'd like to enter the studio
to record next album. Probably a continuation of "Anaclasis".
Tim: I've been visiting Poland a couple
of times. Seen cities like Gdynia,Warzaw, Katowice and the magnificent
city of Krakow were I got a new experience; Sitting and drinking excellent
Polish beer in a dungeon that I was told to be an old shelter room from
the world war II.. Anyway, we all know that your country produces not
only the best of beers in the world, also some of the greatest bands in
the death metal genre. How does it come that Poland produces so much good
metal and which are the main reasons do you think?
Tim: Back to the new album. Hex is one
hell of a song, you also got a mighty one called Fountains Of Blood To
Reach Heavens. Do you have any song you hold above others on Anaclasis?
Tim: What are you up to when not creating
devilish metal for Hate? Any other activities on the musical front or
- Adam T.F.S: Well,
I have a project band called Mothernight which is heavy rock with an
industrial vibe. We're at the studio now finishing our debut album now
and soon we'll stary looking for a publisher. I think this band can
be really something; however Hate is always my most loved child..if
you know what I mean.
Tim: I've read an interview where you said
that you are educated psychologist. Has your private work affected on
your work as a musician?
- Adam T.F.S: Yes,
it's true, but I don't work as a psychologist at the moment. And yes,
my education is really useful specially when dealing with people in
the band as well as those in labels.. Sometimes you need to be a shrink
to convince people to your ideas.
Tim: I've got this neighbour of mine that
supplies me with this excellent brew called Szywiec. Your favourite brew?
Tim: Well, everything has an end and so
do my questions. Thanks for taking your time and keep up the good work.
Any last words?
- Adam T.F.S: Thanks
for this interview. I'd like to say hello to all those who support Hate
in your country. We're looking forward to visit you country for some
gigs. I hope it'll happen as soon as possible. For the time being, you
may visit our official website under www.hatesatanic.org Praise your
Review of: Anaclasis:
A Haunting Gospel Of Malice And Hatred
Review of: Awakening
Of The Liar