is not yet very known here in France, so, could you present the band...tell
us your influences for exemple.
Mikael : Oh, we have a lot of influences!
I don't know why we're not well known here but I guess, France is a
pretty hard country to get into, to play... We played here a couple
of times, and everytime people gone crazy, so it's been nice for us
everytime. And we hope to be known here in France but I think we're
on the way.
Anders : We're on the way, because last time we played with Kreator,
we played at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris, it was just awsome
you know. We played in Montpellier also which was really cool, and also
here in Lyon in the big room...it's just getting better and better.
Tonight was really really good.
Mikael: Very very good for us, we had good response from the audience.
We really like that.
You're on tour for one month with Morbid Angel,
how is it going ?
Mikael: It's better than expected actually. We heard lots of rumours
about them before we went on tour but they're not true. Everything's
just all nice, people are nice, the crew is very cool.
Anders : And Morbid Angel is very cool. It's so far much better than
what we expected because beeing on the Kreator tour with 4 bands connecting,
not really with Kreator but with the other bands we connected a lot.
But the guys from Kreator told about us to the guys from Morbid Angel,
they toured with them in the US and they said "Oh you gonna get
fucked...!".....Ok, Cool man we'll try our best! (laugh).
It's actually very good and the difference beeing on tour with Kreator
and Morbid Angel is that Morbid Angel crowd is very much into death
metal so for us that's a bit more difficult to play but we do our best
and it works good.
Mikael: The crowd is more conservatives on this tour than on the last
one but it's still nice.
Anders : Just play, the best we can..that's the main thing. Yeah, we're
working on people.
Between those two tours, which do you think is
the best for you?
Anders : It's difficult to say actually. I think somehow, the Kreator
tour was better for us.
Mikael: Yes because it was a trash audience but this one is also good
for us because we played a crossover with lots of things. But it's very
good because we get the metalheads that listen to death metal and also
like kind of stuff that we're doing.
And do you think that you played on the tour with
Kreator on bigger places?
Mikael: Here in Lyon, it's the fact, but it's usually the same in other
places. Tonight it was smaller but it doesn't matter. Yeah, it was better
tonight than the last time. Also because this time we got to play 45
min instead of 30 min the last time.
Anders : We were the opening band as we were tonight but we were the
opening band for 4 last time and tonight the opening band for 3 so it
was better, we had a better response from the people, it was really
your website, I've seen that there was 2 shows the same day. It was
on the 19th of march. On in Lille and the other one in Mons in Belgium.
Did you really play them both?
Mikael: Yeah! It was kind hard, we get drunk all the way to the next
It was fun to try to play in two different countries the same day.
Anders : We played a really cool gig in Lille, there was really cool
people how were so much into it. We just packed our shit so fast in
the van and just go away and came to Mons where it was the same.
Mikael: I thaught it wasn't be that good but it was even if it was a
hardcore party, everybody seemed to be in our music. There was more
people than we expected.
Anders : I had problems, some cramps in my legs because we went jogging
the same day. All the guys in the band said "Hey let's go jogging!"
and it's hard for me, I'm an old guy, he's an old guy and we play a
good gig in Lille and at the end of the show I got cramps on my legs
at the end of the show and I had some massage and massage on the way
back to Lille while drinking beer. And we met a lot of people we know
from other bands like Born From Pain, they just served us beer on stage,
that was fucking great, it was cool.
You have recorded lots of stuff until now, and I heard that you actually
prepare another full length album ? What can you say about it actually?
Mikael: Yeah! That's pretty hard to say, we're on the process
Anders : We have 5 songs.
Mikael: It's still gonna be Hatesphere and it will be the same style
as we usually do but also different as we have new influences. It's
hard to say. We don't even know ourselves what's gonna be on the album.
We still got lot of time...We really don't have that much time (laugh).
We do our best... You won't be disapointed!
Anders : When we were told we got on this tour to think about the album
because we don't have time inhalf to do it as SPV wants to do it. We
spend some time in rehearsal rooms, everyday we have a day off, we search
things out as we do yesterday in germany...trying new stuff because
ther's a lot of riffs coming out all the time. So we just trying putting
Mikael: For us a day off is just a waste of time, it's just crap.I'm
on tour to play for people, a day-off is just a waste of time.
Anders : But if you can rehearsal during days off, then it's not a waste
of time. We can actually do songs, put things together. When we'll go
home we'll have one and half month 'til next album should be ready.
We played in Budapest and the day after we had a day-off, we went to
Wienna, to a friends how have a rehearsal room there and that was very
good for us.
Mikael: We made two new songs and I really like the fist of what we're
doing. The songs we made there came fromp the heart, are very fast,
aggressive...very very good.
Do you know when it'll be release?
Mikael: It's gonna be september or october.
Anders : Late sptember, something like that.
your last disc " The Killing EP ", you recorded a Suicidal
Tendencies cover. That seems to be a strange choice...
Mikael: Not really! All of us have a background. Henrik's the only one
how doesn't really like a lot Suicidal, but all the other guys are into
that music not like listening to this music all the time but we like
Anders : We don't do obvious things. It's like on last EP we did when
we did Anthrax and Ozzy covers...we just do the thing we like. The only
guy who's not into Suicidal is Henrik. But he did a good solo, very
Mikael: He was more on the songs and the solos on the last EP, something
more heavy. But Henrik enjoy the way we did it so...
Anders : The Suicidal song is not the one we gonna do live, we have
the Anthrax cover which is a perfect live song. Because we do lots of
support gigs and we don't want to waste some time doing cover songs.
We gonna play our own songs so if we have the time to play cover songs,
we gonna do the Anthrax one because it's more aggressive and people
Why did you decide to sign with SPV for the release
of " The Killing EP "?
Anders : It was a pretty hard decision because we got offers from everywhere.
Mikael: We had offers from all the big metal labels. But we signed with
them because we thaught they have an attitude just like ours. We just
wanted to see which of them want to invader.
Anders : Just for exemple, Nucelar Blast wanted us very much and it
would be an obvious choice. They release actually 5, 10 albums every
month with the same kind of music so for us it's very important to be
a priority on the label we're going on; SPV actually thaught to sign
The Haunted but they actually want to sign us instead, which is pretty
cool, and they love us, they're fans of us and they got lots of money,
they want to push us on to tours like we're on now. If we were on any
other label, we didn't have the money, we would have to pay ourselves.
So it's an obvious choice for us.
How would you describe your music to make people
Mikael: Argh it's a hard question.
Anders : Not really.
Mikael: I think so!
Anders : It's trash, brutal trash with another kind of vocals.
Mikael: It's not only trash because it's got lot of more influences,
death influences, hardcore influences, metalcore influences, trash influences.
It's got a little bit of everything. It's not like we want to fit everybody,
we just do the music that fits everybody in the band.
Anders : Jackob is very much into hardcore, I'm the only into trash
metal, good old 80's trash metal...that's what I play.
Mikael: I'm just into good music! (laugh)
Anders : Henrik is into death metal and Peter the other guitar player
used to be into the swedish kind of trash.
Mikael: The very melodic stuff and he's the one how create most of our
riff but he comes around to everybody's taste in the band
Anders : He wants to do it agressive, we all want to do it agressive,
we like to do the fisting, you know the fisting?
Manu : Yeah !
Mikael: Do you want it ?
Manu : No thanks I'm ok like that! (laugh)
Anders : But we don't want to be like Gootborg or Stockholm or anything
swedish thing like that. We just want to do agressive trash/death metal
Mikael: We just want to do our own shit, like anybody else. Even that
we know our music is comparable to other bands but it's not we like
to copy those bands, we just want to do our own stuff and do whatever
we really think is good for us, not for anybody else. We do the stuff
that we like, the music that we love and love playing it.
Anders : Hatesphere is a live band, subconciencsly we actually do songs
it shoul be easy playing live it should be easy listening to and people
shouldn't think too much about it, we just want that fist.
In general, what are the lyrics talking about
Mikael : The lyrics are not that important to us actually.
Anders : It's just stories about stupid people, crazy people, killers...We
don't preaching love because it doesn't suit music, not even about politics.
We're into music, we're not into politics and stuff like that. We just
want to sing stuff that suit that kind of music.
You've just said that the lyrics are talking about
stupid people, and we had a good exemple in last december with the the
murder of Dimebag Darrel...
Anders : Yes that's an exemple.
Mikael: That would be a good choice for the lyrics
Anders : It's typicaly american,...too many weapons around the US.
Mikael: The people on the tour, the crew are very nice but sometimes,
americans are just fuckin' stupid, it's incredible. You've heard about
the incident of the school where a guy shoot many people...that's a
typical american stuff.
Anders : All those things wouldn't have happen in the US without all
those stupid weapons law. It wouldn't have happen in Europe cause we
don't have that law.
But I think also there's a problem with young
people state of mind in the US. I think it's completly different than
in Europe. Have you seen the Slayer "War At The Warfield"
DVD? On the bonus section we can see some fans whom seem to be very
Anders : Oh yeah! But that's Slayer's fans! You wouldn't expected anything
like that from them because they're just into Slayer, they wouldn't
kill anybody for their belief. If a guy like the guy who killed Dimebag
Darrel and the guy of the crew, he was into that music but he was just
a poor kind of person...a Slayer wouldn't do that, because a Slayer
fan loves Tom Araya, a Slayer fan loves Dave Lombardo and so on. Where
they're crazy people that's where crazy shits happen and it happen in
the US lot of times. It wouldn't happen in the Europe at all, I guaranty
Would you present us a bit the danish scene, because
we know Hatesphere, Mnemic, Lars Ulrich et King Diamond but is there
some other bands you think french people must discover?
Mikael: There's Ill Disposed that I'm not into anymore.
Anders : There's Mercenary which is pretty good...
Mikael:...and also Volbeat which is a very good band from Danemark...you've
already heard the singer...he was the singer og Life Of Agony, he's
a very good singer...
Anders :...yeah a bit like James Hetfield, very Rock n' Roll...
Mikael:...I really like that.
Anders :... many good labels are interested by them. There's also Toolfire,
It's more metalcore, they're good on stage, but I'm not really on that
music, but they're nice guys. I'm not into it also but I know many people
into it, it's very naive kind of metalcore, they just play what come
out the hand, they don't exist for a long time but they gonna be a very
Mikael: There's also Evocator which does exists for lots of years, not
as good as they were in the past but they still got the respect for
everything and there's still Konkhra which is dead in my opinion.
Anders : In my opinion as well, it's not good anymore. I've never liked
it, but I like some of the guys in the band, but they're just not good
inhalf to write music, that's the problem. There's also Exmortem which
is really brutal death metal.
Mikael: Yeah I heard lots of good stuff but on the latest album, I haven't
listen to the new stuff. I heard the earliest album but I didn't really
like it, it's not too simple but too....transparent and obvious.
Anders : It's really fast death metal, and many people like that so
Mikael: There's actually lots of good bands coming out from Danemark
by now, it's gonna be a trademark, like from sweden.
Anders : We played a lot in germany and people there said "hey
you come from Danemark..that must be good" yeah ok, just watch
us play and tell me again and they were like "you fuckin' kill",
so that's nice! What it takes is just to play a lot of live shows and
that's why we're a very good live band, we're a live band that's why
we're gonna gain our fans from because we just enjoy playing live, we
love, we just have fun on tage.
Mikael: There are so many bands out there and it's so hard to find whatever
you like. I really love metal but there are so many fuckin' crappy metal
bands and when I go to the cd shop I don't know what to buy. That's
the way, to see a band live, to see really what you could do.
Anders : Last couple years we played with lots of good bands still beeing
a support, we just played some headliner shows but if we played as headliner
we would play for nobody.
What are your plans for the next month...some
festivals maybe ?
Mikael: Writting new songs because we'll be on studio in a month and
a half, and we'll be maybe in Wacken but it's not confirm and maybe
some smaller german festivals. We played Full Force last year so I think
they won't gonna take us this year.
Anders : But actually we choose all the festivals off because we have
to write the album and that's the main thing because we're writting
the album for SPV, our new label, and they want a good album so we gonna
write a good album....so we gonna get rock stars!(laugh) So that's why
we won't gonna waste that time. We have to choose sometimes. Next year
we'll do all the festivals and we gonna be headliners!
Mikael: Oh yeahhhhhhhhhh!!! (laugh)
To conclude, I have some questions which needs
only a one word answer.
What is your favorite word?
Anders : Pussy
Mikael: Fistting.....but Pussy is better
is your least favorite word?
Anders : "Jantelov" It's hard to explain but in Danemark,
it means "that you should never feel better than other, never think
you are someone special". It's really a danish thing, typically
What turns you off? (Jacob
the singer is coming in, roll over up with adhesive)
Jacob : If you ask me what turn me off....these two persons! (laugh)
Anders : The thing that turns me off is, people that have small shoes,
people how doesn't accept anything because they think too much about
themselves. I hate that.
What is your favorite curse word?
Anders : "For Helvede"...it's kind of god damage
sound or noise do you love?
Anders : Metal
sound or noise do you hate?
Mikael: Jacob's voice (laugh)
Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at
the Pearly Gates?
Mikael: Free blowjobs for everyone!