Monday, May 27, 2013

Kill With Hate Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Akos Olt: We have won the Hungarian finals of the Wacken Metal Battle competition, so we’re going to perform at the most pertigious festival in Europe, Wacken Open Air. We’ve also printed a new t-shirt design to fund our way there. It looks awesome (thanks to Róbert Borbás from Grindesign) and it’s selling pretty well, so we’re gonna make it to the festival:)

Márton Hartvig: Currently we’re doing as many gigs as possible. We also began writing songs for the material too. I already made up a concept for the next two albums, and have many ideas regarding the lyrics, and by the then end of June I guess we’ll put together a new song too.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?

A: The sound is professional, crystal clear, but aggressive, as it supposed to be in 2013. The previous release was recorded and mixed by us. We might rerecord some songs in the future to give them justice.

M: The song structures are very different on the new album. We used less riffs for the songs, thus making the song structures simpler and easier to understand. There is a significant difference in the sound as well.

3. The band members are veterans of the death metal scene, what is it that you have accomplished with this band that you where not able to do with the past ones?

M: Well I’m the only member of the band, who is not such a veteran, because Kill With Hate is practically my first band,  so I really can’t properly answer this question, but as far as I see, Kill With Hate is far more successful than any other bands, that our members were previously involved with. This is synergy.

A: To me, and probably all of us except for Krisztián who’s in the scene for more than 15 years, it was recording and releasing the full-length album. Before that we only did demos, so it was the real deal for us.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

M: I tried to observe and describe the world through the eyes of a lunatic christian. Even though it seems obvious to the metal community, that I try to paint a negative picture of christianity, it’s not entirely true. I never deny the existence of God in my lyrics, and I eventually reflect on some of the negative aspects of the secular life too. I’m not saying, that christianity is good, but the coin has always two sides.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

A: Not much actually:) The band was named before any of us current members joined. The former members needed a band name so they came up with the most stereotypical death metal name they could. We tried to change it, but we realized it’s actually pretty good. Easy to remember and it has three syllable, so it’s chantable.

M: It’s about as meaningful as Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death or Morbid Angel. It’s a death metal name, which sounds great, but a bit stupid too. Not too long ago however I realized, that this is actually a rather positive name. In our world killing is not about natural instincts and emotions, it’s more about interest, so killing with hate has much more honesty and naturality into it. These values are getting lost in our civilization.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Personally I believe we just did our best show about a week ago in Dürer Kert, here in Hungary. We had an incredible crowd, they did some really heavy moshing and circle pit, and all that stuff you like to see from the stage. We are playing as heavy as we can. We sweat our asses off, and people seem to appreciate it.

A: We played among hardcore and metalcore bands at this show and it was for free, so the crowd was pretty big. Even tho we were the odd one out we made the people move the most.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

M: We’ll open for Krisiun and Lock-up in July, then we are going to perform at Wacken, and after that we are planning to have a tour in Europe in November, but no exact information is known about this tour so far.

8. On the new recording, there is an Extreme Deformity cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version?

A: Extreme Deformity is an old Hungarian death metal group whom released their full-length in 1993. Unfortunately their sound wasn’t top notch, due to lack of money, but the quality of the music is comparable to their contemporaries at the time. Me and Krisztián are fans of the old school, so when we were talking about songs to cover, we realized that it would be awesome to do this song. It would be a great tribute, and we can do justice to the sound.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

A: Quite positive, we’ve recently got our best review so far from a Norwegian website. It was very detailed and seemed really enthusiastic. We also got our fair share of constructive criticism, and we were called flat out mediocre.

M: Even the negative reviews state, that we have potential, so we can say, that it got more positive than negative all things considered. It feels great. I never thought we would ever get so much attention on a worldwide level.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

M: We are planning to experiment very much in the future. We have thousands of ideas, thus we are going to do many things we didn’t do on previous records. Of course we’ll stay heavy, but I guess we must try different things too.

A: We have no boundries. We will write chaotic and structured songs, we’ll use disonance and melody, and we will venture beyond the genre boundries of death metal.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

A: To me and as far as I know to our drummer it was mostly Cryptopsy. It might be a bit too evident in the song Imprisoned. I got some black metal infulence from the band Akercocke, and also a little hint of the heavy disonant stuff from Gorguts.

M: Well, I’ve been listening to the new Daft Punk album a lot these days, and when I get tired of it I switch to Hour Of Penance. I listen to many different stuff, but I don’t think there’s anything that could influence my music writing style anymore.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

A: I have become heavily interested in science and philosophy. I watch documentries and lectures about quantum physics and astrophysics all the time, also geology and some biology if it catches my interest. I also enjoy the works of atheist philosopher and neuro scientist Sam Harris. I don’t share all his views, but for example his thoughts on free will (or on the lack thereof) is pretty eyeopening.
I really think that we as individuals should understand the realities of our existence, so we can shape our views accordingly, and make more informed decisions in life. It’s also right time to leave behind the archaic myths and faulty thinking of religions.

M: Movies, PC games and stick insects. What else do you need?

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

A: There’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

M: Our next album will have some pretty gruesome stories in the lyrics, but this will be part of a more philosophical concept. Think about it, and if you can find out what this concept will be, you’ll win a beer signed by the whole band. It’s definitely worth it! Thank you very much for the interview and the support. Kill!

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