Aug 282011

Is this a badass album cover or what? Yes, I’m still catching up on last week’s news, and when I saw this, I damn well came to a full stop. Not only because of the artwork, but because Denmark’s HateSphere is one of those bands whose new music I think is always worth checking out (and this comes from someone who’s not a huge thrash fan).

Their next album may be especially worth our time, for three reasons. First, how can you go wrong with an album called The Great Bludgeoning? Second, the band’s line-up has changed since their last release in 2009 (To the Nines). Esben “Esse” Hansen (who also sings in As We Fight) joined the band as vocalist in June 2010, and a bass player with a punk background named Jimmy Nedergaard (Gob Squad) joined more recently for the recording of the new album. I’m curious about how those changes may affect the band’s sound. (Actually, we already have evidence, as you’ll hear.)

Third, the band claims that for the new album, they’ve taken a “more old-school direction” than they did on the last release, with a lyrical focus on “aggressions, drinking and hate”. So in other words, it will be an upbeat, family-friendly affair. Yay!

Oh yeah, one more thing: There’s a teaser clip available now, which will musically tease you. It’s after the jump, along with info about the album artist, the release dates, and a few other factual morsels.

The cover art was created by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who has previously worked with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad, and Mnemic (for which he also plays the guitar). The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen , which is usually a sign of quality. The album will be released by Napalm Records in NorthAm on September 27 and on a series of earlier dates in Europe, beginning September 21.

And now here’s the teaser:

  2 Responses to “HATESPHERE”

  1. I saw these guys back when they opened for…I want to say The Black Dahlia Murder on the Deflorate tour? I swear it was some time around there. They were enjoyable live, fun to headbang to, but overall pretty simplistic. I remember checking out one of their albums and finding it pretty boring.

    All that said, this sounds like a MASSIVE step up. Nice to hear a band really evolve.

    • I had a similar reaction. I saw them in Seattle early last year on that BDM tour, and enjoyed them, but I also think these samples are sounding like a step up.

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