Interview: Pepe [2011]

Danish thrash-death metal outfit Hatesphere have been a big part of the European metal scene for several years now. Nico has a chat with lead guitarist, Peter “Pepe” Lyse Hansen.

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Nico: Do you feel that the new album, The Great Bludgeoning, differs from your previous albums? If so, how?

Pepe: We still sound like HateSphere no doubt about it. But as on all of our other albums it’s the small details that make the difference. I think we have returned a bit to more old school sounds on the new album, both musically and lyrically.

N: Do you have any plans for a UK or European tour in support of the new album?

P: As we speak we are touring on the first of two small headliner runs around Europe in the fall of 2011. The tour should take us to the UK in December on a couple of dates. Furthermore we have plans on a European tour in the spring of 2012 as well, before concentrating on Scandinavia in April and May of 2012. During the summer we will play festivals before returning to the US in the fall of 2012. So, we should have enough to do.

N: Since 2010, there have been two line-up changes in terms of bass and vocals, do you feel these line-up changes have helped develop a new sound for the band?

P: Absolutely. Not only sound-wise but also internally in the band we feel better than ever. The members fit way better in HateSphere. They have tried lots of stuff before, they therefore know what to expect and what not to expect. They are both HateSphere fans, so they also know the music and how they want it to sound. Furthermore we know them from before, so they also fit personally in the band. We are all about the same age, we have tried some of the same things, and this make us stronger as a unit for sure.

N: [Reader’s question] What made you want to play music and how did you come to play metal?

P: I went to school with this guy who played guitar in a band. I got drawn towards it, started listening to hard rock and metal and then finally got my own guitar and started playing. I never dreamed of ever doing albums and touring but having achieved that is just fantastic. The first couple of years I just played by myself but then got into the band that actually later became HateSphere. That was in 1993, so I have been in the band for almost 20 years! It took us 7 years to finally record and album and get good enough to get a record deal but since then things have just developed.

N: As a band, what has been the highlight of your career so far?

P: Touring the US, Japan and China… And to play at some of the biggest festivals in Europe for sure!

N: Are there any bands in Denmark that you would recommend that our readers check out?

P: No new bands have really caught my attention. But check out the older brigade of Danish quality bands like Raunchy, Mercenary, Mnemic, Illdisposed, etc.

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