On October 15th, Hate will release their new album, ”Rugia” via Metal Blade Records.
For a first preview of the record, go at: metalblade.com/hate – where ”Rugia” can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– white / black burst vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– red / black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– blood splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– silver / black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– silver / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
No one combines death and black metal quite like Poland’s Hate. With unflinching viciousness and a sense of atmosphere unique to the band, on Rugia, their twelfth full-length, they push the boundaries of their craft even further.
Fresh blood in the band’s line-up also helped contribute to ”Rugia’s” unique sound. Pavulon (drums), who had played with the band since 2014, was forced to step down from the band due to serious health issues. The band tapped Nar-Sil (Neolith, Virgin Snatch, Embrional) to take his place.
Vocalist and Guitarist ATF Sinner about their previous work and records, also about the new official upcoming record:
“It was clear to me that it should build upon and evolve from our previous record, ”Auric Gates Of Veles” (2019), both musically and lyrically. However, every Hate record stands as a separate journey, and never twice to the same place. You never know exactly where it will lead you.”
The band states this about the new official upcoming record:
“Working with a new drummer this time around was a fascinating experience for me. Nar-Sil’s technique and presence are quite different from Pavulon’s, and that definitely comes across. I believe we managed to construct a refreshing new chapter to our discography, composing nine truly sinister onslaughts of pure rage.
Well, the fire is still burning! I’m proud that I have built a band with such strong energy, that’s lasted for a long time in spite of numerous line-up changes and obstacles in our way. We are still here and we create with ever growing consciousness and dedication. The energy speaks through us. Honestly, I think of the band as something much bigger and more profound than the individual people involved in it over any given period of time. I believe we create a channel for energies that surpass us.”
The band elected to once again track the album in the Hertz Recording Studio in Poland, and it was recorded, mixed and mastered by the Wieslaski Brothers (Behemoth, Decapitated). Everything was laid down over about two to three weeks, with longtime collaborator Michal Staczkun providing the ambient elements of the band’s sound. The only struggle came about at the mixing stage, where the final character of the record emerges.
Given how strongly the personality of the record shines through, it is safe to say that the compromise reached was definitely in its best interest, standing as perhaps the best sounding record in the band’s long career. Hate is also celebrating thirty years of activity with ”Rugia”, Sinner affirming he is as driven as ever.
2. The Wolf Queen
3. Exiles of Pantheon
5. Awakening the Gods Within
7. Velesian Guard
8. Sun of Extinction
9. Sacred Dnieper
Photo credit: Daniel Rusilowicz
ATF Sinner – vocals, guitars
Domin – guitars
Nar-Sil – drums
Tiermes – bass
Check out the official premiere for the song ”Rugia”, below: