What a week this turned out to be for one very creative Mircea Gabriel Efemie, the person behind the new HATESPHERE video ‘Smell Of Death’, and, of course, the guitarist of MNEMIC fame. ‘Smell Of Death’ comes off HATESPHERE's seventh album ‘The Great Bludgeoning’, issued through Napalm Records in 2011, and produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at his Antfarm Studios in Denmark. HATESPHERE's latest recording entered the official Danish National Music chart at number 40, while their 2009's ‘To The Nines’ managed position number 36, and 2007's album, ‘Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes’, debuted at number 26. ‘The Great Bludgeoning’, whose art was created by the aforementioned Mr. Efemie as well, awaits you here (Impericon), here (Napalm Records) and here (Supreme Chaos Records), whilst the band's first video released in promotion of the record, Søren Dybdal Jensen and Claus Reinhold-directed ‘Resurrect With A Vengeance’, awaits you below:
“[Explained HATESPHERE:] The cover, the title and the lyrics speaks for themselves. We are an angry-sounding metal band, and we have no intention of denying that. That’s why the cover is more back-to-the-roots and the lyrics are again about aggressions, drinking and hate. The things that HATESPHERE has always been about. Expect brutality, melody and groove in just the right dose. We have had one hell of a time writing and recording it, and we cant wait to present the album to all of you before long!”
Formed in 1998 by high school friends led by guitarist Peter “Pepe” Hansen in Aarhus, Denmark, HATESPHERE underwent quite a few line-up changes and different monikers before the release of their eponymous debut album in 2000 via Italy's Scarlet Records. On 2002's ‘Bloodred Hatred’, the band replaced drummer Jesper Moesgaard first with Morten Toft Hansen and then with Anders Gyldenøhr. Next, they substituted guitarist Niels Peter “Ziggy” Siegfredsen with Henrik Jacobsen before 2004's ‘Ballet Of The Brute’ was issued:
“Really two halves of a conceptual sonic whole, the opening pairing of instrumental ‘The Beginning And The End’ and the aptly titled ‘Deathtrip’ (both clocking in under two minutes in length) is positively lethal in its intensity, introducing listeners to the band's tightly spliced guitar-riffing and drum-pounding acrobatics, as well as the gargled death croak (bordering on hardcore) of vocalist Jacob Bredahl,” [commented the Century Media-released album Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – read more here]
In 2005, HATESPHERE signed with SPV Records and engaged the services of a team of established Danish producers Tommy Hansen, Jacob Hansen and Tue Madsen for their next release, ‘The Sickness Within’:
“Next to industrial metal acts, HATESPHERE is probably the most metallic sounding band out there - the beginning of ‘The Fallen Shall Rise In A River Of Blood’ sounds akin to machinery in a factory sputtering out of control (or coming back from the dead, to teach its mean operators a thing or two),” [was impressed Greg Prato, AllMusic – more here]
Before recording their fifth album, the band had managed to make history by being the first Danish band to tour China. Their 2007's ‘Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes’ broke onto the Danish National Music Charts, peaking at position number 26. Long-time vocalist Jacob “Dr. J” Bredahl left HATESPHERE soon after the release and was replaced with new frontman Jonathan “Joller” Albrechtsen, with whom Peter Hansen (guitar), Mixen Lindberg (bass), Dennis Buhl (drums) and Jakob Nyholm (lead guitar) recorded ‘To The Nines’. The LP was produced by Tue Madsen and released in 2009 via Napalm Records. Vocalist Albrechtsen parted ways with the band in 2010, followed by bassist Lindberg. Esben “Esse” Hansen (AS WE FIGHT) and Jimmy Nedergaard (GOB SQUAD) took over the vocal duties and the four strings in 2010 and 2011 respectively.