Why did the band call themselves Hatred, there are (have been) a lot of bands with this name and not very unique for a Google search?
After the last record 'Madhouse Symphonies' there were quite some things going on, for example the song "We Are the Moshcrew" chosen as the official hymn to the Electronic Arts game "Brutal Legend". How did this happen?
What is in your opinion the biggest difference between your last record and your new one 'Destruction Manual'?
The title has everything to do with the things going on in the world at the moment?
Your previous album was released by Twilight Vertrieb, this one by SAOL/H'Art, why this change?
The music you play can certainly not be called very original and I think this isn't what the band wants either, which bands are you biggest influences and what makes Hatred different than a lot of other bands that play the same kind of stuff?
Who are the creative members in the band, who writes the stuff and lyrics?
Koert: The lyrics are mainly done by Bacchus and a little bit by myself. The instrumental thing is always created in the rehearsal-room. Maddin and I come up with riffs and than we stick them together to a song. That's it.
When is a song good enough to be chosen for a Hatred album?
You can't make a living out of the band, do you all have regular jobs and how can you combine this with playing gigs?
Koert: Yeah, that's hard to combine. We're doing our jobs, and just play at weekends. But we have no dreams to make money with the band. This is just a thing of a few chosen ones, sadly. The music business today is a dirty machine that swallows everybody, who tries to make his day with it. And nobody of us wants to live as an old man on the streets just because he gave his life to the music. I wish I could say something more hopeful but there is no way to color it. I made enough bad experiences in the past. As a young man I thought another way.
Talking about live performances, something happening on that part in the near future?
What is the weirdest thing that happened to you or the band on tour?
Koert:: Hmm, there have been a few things. For people that are interested in funny stories of our tour life, just search on Youtube Triple Thrash Treat Tour. Hehe. There you will find things you can't describe with words.
The next album will certainly be full of German thrash again, how do you keep yourself inspired, what is the bands goal?
Koert: I don't think we're playing the German Thrash that would be expected. We're more into the Bay-Area-Stuff and because of this... Yeah, you will find Thrash. But I don't think, that the upcoming album will sound the way Destruction Manual did. Cause we have to change a few typical riffs, to face our trademarks more than ever.
If you have to choose the 5 ultimate thrash-albums made, which 5 would this be?
Koert: A hard question for me, hmmm but I think that's my fav:
1. Metallica - Kill 'em All
2. Metallica - ...and Justice for All
3. Testament - LOW
4. Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
5. Vendetta - Brain Damage
Anything else you want to share with our readers?
Koert: Don't share, buy music! Hehe.
Interviewed by Reinier de Vries