is a Danish thrash/ death metal band from Aarhus. The band was formed in
1998 by guitarist Peter “Pepe” Hansen. HateSphere quickly overpowered
the Danish metal scene, while concurrently setting an immeasurable new
standard for thrash metal domestically and abroad. HateSphere’s first
three albums, ‘Hatesphere’, ‘Bloodred Hatred‘ and ‘Ballet of the Brute’,
upgraded the band’s status from local sensation to Europe’s hottest up
and coming thrash quintet. Under the leadership of Scarlet Records,
Hatesphere toured Europe, while also turning heads at the Wacken Open
Air, With Full Force, and Hellfest festivals.
HateSphere inked a deal with SPV Records and assembled a production team
of established Danish producers; including Tommy Hansen, Jacob Hansen,
and Tue Madsen. ‘The Sickness Within’ was released in September of that
same year receiving raving reviews from the worldwide metal media.
Following the 2005 release, it was ‘Serpent Smiles and Killer
Eyes’(2007) that made it to position 26 on the Danish National Music
Charts. Soon thereafter, HateSphere amicably parted ways with then
vocalist Jacob Bredahl. Hatesphere entered Antfarm Studios in November
2008 to record the next album entitled ‘To the Nines’. As of 2010, the
band consists of vocalist Esben Hansen, guitarists Peter Hansen, and
Jakob Nyholm, bass player Jimmy Nedergaard and drummer Mike Park. The
band has released six albums and two EP’s to date.
album ‘The Great Bludgeoning’ was released at the end of September 2011
and produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It
All, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) at the Antfarm Studios in Aarhus,
Denmark. The cover artwork as created by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who has
previously worked with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Mnemic (for
which he also plays the guitar).
order to find out all there is to know about HateSphere’s latest album
we tracked down
Peter Lyse Hansen
(guitars) to answer some questions. Here you can read what he had to say
to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.
all, how are you doing? And congratulations on your new album ‘The Great
Bludgeoning’ which was released recently. Of course we’d like to ask you
a couple of questions about it.
Thanks, I’m doing fine - hope you are as well...
approach did you choose to create ‘The Great Bludgeoning’, did you go
for a more raw exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your
previous other works, or something altogether different?
We didn’t really go for anything. We just wrote the
album, as we always do - and we never agree on a certain direction
before starting the song writing. We just write the music that we feel
for at that certain time of our lives, and this time we felt for
something a tad more old school, I think. The new members were all into
HateSphere before joining the band, and that gave us kind of the same
background. We all felt like we had to make the ultimate angry
HateSphere album, and I think we succeeded pretty well on that one.
the songwriting process like for ‘The Great Bludgeoning’? For instance,
does someone come in with just a riff, or complete songs?
It’s never the same thing. I have written almost all the
music as usual - but the new guys have contributed as well. Anyway, the
new thing is that because of us living in different parts of the
country, we don’t rehearse as much as we did before. But when we
rehearse, we have to get a lot done. So I recorded stuff at home, mailed
it to the other guys, so they were prepared when we had to rehearse. So,
we were pretty efficient, when we rehearsed. This time around I wrote
and arranged most of the songs with our drummer again, but with help
from the others as well. When writing a song, we never just come with
one riff... we always have more riffs fitting together, so there is
something to build upon.
were the goals you had in mind when you started to record ‘The Great
Bludgeoning’, any elements you definitely wanted to include on the
No, actually not. Just plain great HateSphere songs!
the release of your previous album ‘To the Nines’ there were some
line-up changes. Did this have an influence on the new songs?
Absolutely, it always does. When you get a new drummer
and a new singer (and a bass player) it has an impact on the music. But
it’s obvious that it’s still HateSphere though. But these guys make us
sound in shape, fresh and angry.
you describe the implications of the title ‘The Great Bludgeoning’, what
does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind it?
It describes really well, how we feel our music works on
you. How you will feel while listening to it, how you will feel at a
show, and how we felt while making the songs. It describes us being more
self confident than ever, ready to kick everybody’s asses, if they
tell me a little more about the lyrics, did anything in particular
The lyrics are for the most part tales of (and views on)
everyday life through a more or less dark or pessimistic lense. They are
tales of ruined lives, self-hate, greed, thoughtlessness and more.
important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart
from listening to your music?
The music comes first for me - but it is very important
that the lyrics fit the atmosphere and the standard of the music as
well. Great hook lines and memorable sing-a-long parts never hurt
either, right? I really like the fact that we have a great lyricist in
the band now, not only a great singer!
give us a little background information on the songs, is there a story
Not really... it’s just some good music that we made ;-)
someone was only going to read the lyrics and not listen to the music,
what would you hope they would take from them?
They should get out of them whatever they want. That’s
the funny thing about lyrics, they always mean different stuff from
person to person. They can take what they want from the lyrics, I just
mostly hope they remember what they have heard... and remember it as
something great ;-)
the recording process proceed, did you work differently this time than
you did with your previous works? How much time did you spend in the
We had around two and a half weeks in the studio but we
didn’t use that much time. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed. We all
know what we have to do, we all know each other, so we can just take
things as they come. We laugh a lot but we also get a lot of work done.
We had kids and girlfriends running around in the studio but we still
did what we had to do.
album was once again produced by Tue Madsen. So there must be a
chemistry between you guys and him, can you tell us about working with
For us it’s very relaxed, as we have worked with him on
around 5 albums and have known him for a long time. But both parties
know what it takes - and we like to have this mixture of relaxation and
professionalism. Without the relaxed atmosphere the album wouldn’t have
been the same.
elements/songs on the new album can one clearly hear Tue’s vision and
Well, Tue knows how he wants us to sound, and we know how
we want him to make us sound. So we find a good compromise. I would say
you can’t hear his vision in one particular part - he, as well as us, is
all over the album.
released seven full length albums, including the new one so far. What do
you think are the main differences between your self titled debut album
and the new one?
11 years of experience... we are way more self-confident
now - and we dare to write what we feel for!
several albums under your belt, how far has Hatesphere surpassed your
original dreams and what would you say is the most rewarding part of
being in the band?
I never dreamt of releasing at least 7 full length
albums, touring around the world etc.. So yes, the band has brought me
more than I could ever dream of. I am not getting rich by doing it but I
am having fun and people like it. So the most rewarding part is actually
that you get invited to all over the world to play, that people from all
over the world know your music and last but not least that people show
up at your shows only to listen to your music. It makes it all worth it!
song is your favorite one to play live? Which song do you find the most
challenging one to play live?
I have different favorites and they differ from time to
time as well. I always like to play “The Coming Of Chaos”, “500 Dead
People” or for example “Floating”. The most challenging song is quite
difficult to say... I don’t really feel that way about our songs.
have been the highlights and low points throughout your career?
Playing both China and Japan plus some huge festivals
must be the highlights. Low points, I don’t know. You experience shitty
things from time to time but don’t let them get to you!
you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Thrash metal: Leather!
tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of things that motivate
you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics? What are you
I am into lots of different stuff. Musically mainly metal
but all sorts of metal... except metalcore, I hate that shit, ha ha!
Anyway, as I don’t write many lyrics I can’t really tell you that much
about them but musically I am not that inspired by any particular bands
or artists anymore. I think I have found my own way of writing, my own
style, and I dare to write what I feel for. Motivation is simply making
good music - going out playing live - and meeting the fans for sure!
your opinion on the metal scene these days? What do you think of the
overload of bands at the moment and is there anything missing in the
He he, talent I guess. No, there is talent out there,
it’s just so hard to find, as there are way too many bands and way too
many albums released. Even if you don’t get a record deal (which isn’t
that hard either) you can release your album pretty easy, and that makes
it hard to get a decent view on how the scene is doing. Personally I
don’t like that many new bands coming out. There is too much focus on
appearance instead of the main thing, the music. So, who dares to be
just a little bit different? Not many... and if they do, they are always
way too different and weird. I find it hard to find bands out there with
a distinct sound, sorry to say!
makes Hatesphere different from the other death/thrash metal bands?
I think we have our own sound. Not meaning that we have
invented anything new but we sound like ourselves. We dare to put
different stuff into our music but still it’s only small details that
you have to listen very carefully to find. We have the opinion that you
have to write good, varied songs, instead of trying to sound like
everybody else wants you to sound. After having released albums in more
than a decade we surely know how to write a song, and I think you can
feel that self confidence in the songs.
goals did you have when the band started out and how do those goals
We just wanted to release an album... and if we were
lucky also tour once in a while. And we did...
does the future hold for Hatesphere?
We are touring Europe this fall on two smaller headlining
runs. In the spring of 2012 we will tour Europe again before
concentrating on Scandinavia early summer. During the summer we will
play festivals, and then we aim for a return to the US in late 2012 as
well... so hopefully pretty busy and exciting times await.
you want to say to our readers, here is your chance?
Thanks for supporting HateSphere. Check out the new album
- we’re sure that you wont get disappointed. See you on the road soon!
Esben Hansen - Vocals (2010-)
Peter Lyse Hansen – Rhythm & Lead Guitar (1998-)
Jakob Nyholm – Rhythm Guitar (2007-)
Mike Park - Drums (2009-)
Jimmy Nedergaard - Bass (2011-)
Jacob Bredahl (1998–2007) (Allhelluja, The Kandidate,
Jonathan Albrechtsen (2007–2010) (Scarred by Beauty,
Niels Peter Siegfredsen (1998–2003) (Cryonic)
Henrik Bastrup Jacobsen (2003–2007) (Koldborn, Sadogoat)
Mikael Ehlert Hansen (1998–2007)
Mixen Lindberg (2007–2010)
Jesper Moesgaard (1998–2000)
Morten Toft Hansen (2000–2003) (Raunchy)
Anders Gyldenøhr (2003–2007) (Grope, Artillery, Pixie
Dennis Buhl (2007–2009) (The Downward Candidate/The
(2002) Bloodred Hatred
(2004) Ballet of the Brute
(2005) The Sickness Within
(2007) Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes
(2009) To the Nines
(2011) The Great Bludgeoning
(2003) Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed
and Something Black