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HATE SQUAD - 13-Not My God.mp3

Bio

Hate Squad History German H8 Core veterans Hate Squad knew already in the early 90s what aggressions could be set into music if you mix Thrash and Death Metal with Hardcore. They were one of the bands making this style huge by playing on all of the big festivals over Europe, for example Dynamo, Wacken, With Full Force ...and having some of their biggest hits like "Not My God" and "I.Q. Zero" run on Heavy Rotation on Viva Metalla and MTV´s Headbangers Ball. Well deserved Hate Squad were voted as "Newcomer Of The Year" on Viva Metalla in 1995 by the viewers. Due to their 15th band anniversary in 2008 Hate Squad will present their new studio album "Degüello Wartunes" which was recorded in the Rape Of Harmonies Studios (Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Narziss among many others) end of 2007. Besides the fact that it´s one of the strongest Hate Squad albums ever, where the band manages to combine the spirit of the good old "Not My God" and "I.Q. Zero" times with a modern up to date sound the album features guest vocals by Marcus Bischoff from Heaven Shall Burn and Maintain´s Timo Böhling and Julian Tamke on several tracks. The story began in 1993 when Burkhard Schmitt and three friends from around Hannover decided to form a band as they were "suffering" from too much time and finally also the aggressions that young men could develop sometimes needed to be worked out properly. Hate Squad was born and they were aiming for something new, a music the same time aggressive and groovy! Back in these days the magazines described the band sound as “Crossover” "Metalcore", "Deathcore", "Hatecore" or "Hardcore influenced Thrash Metal". With their unique style they formed a whole new genre and young awesome bands like german Maroon or Heaven Shall Burn (who covered "Not my God" on their album "Antigone") call Hate Squad a major influence. But let´s go back to the good old days… Hate Squad hit the right nerve when they released their debut album "Theater of Hate" in 1994 through Gun Records/BMG. The response by critics and fans was overwhelming and Hate Squad were appointed as “Newcomer Of The Year” in many magazines. The major success of the album lead to a long time on the road playing shows, festivals and tours with Death, Gorefest, Machine Head, Tiamat, Life of Agony, Type O Negative, Biohazard, Venom, Sick of it All, Atrocity, Nailbomb, Fear Factory, Downset, Mercyful Fate, Paradise Lost, Dog Eat Dog, Dub War...just to name a few. Besides that Hate Squad played at the Full of Hate Easter Festivals followed by the legendary appearance at the Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven (Holland), where the band celebrated the 10th anniversary of the festival together with 120.000 fans! In October 1995 the 2nd album I.Q.Zero was released. It became the most successful Hate Squad album ever and is still considered a lesson how Metal and Hardcore joined forces back in those days. Simultaneous videos were shot for "Not my God" and "I.Q. Zero", that went on a heavy rotation on MTV´s Headbangers Ball and Viva´s Metalla. Burkhard was invited to co-host several shows on TV and several specials from the following european Tour with Kreator and Grip Inc. were broadcasted by MTV and VIVA. Finally the viewers of Viva voted Hate Squad as "Newcomer of the year 95" (with Fear Factory running 2nd and Korn 3rd !!!!!). The readers’ poll of Germany´s Rock Hard Magazine showed similar results and Hate Squad appeared on several front positions in the following categories: "Best Live Band", "Best Album", "Best Band", "Favorite Musician", “Newcomer 95” and "Personality 95". In 1996 the remix EP, "Sub Zero - The Remixes", was released where Die Krupps, Atari Teenage Riot, T.A.S.S, Gigantor, The Speedfreak... and some other big names of the scene put their hands on Hate Squad’s songs. Several headliner shows and support slots for bands like Sepultura or Rammstein followed later... Hate Squad started to record their 3rd album "Pzyco!" in the end of 1996 in sunny Malaga, Spain. "Pzyco!" was released in April 1997 and showed a different side of Hate Squad. But still the video clip for the title track "PZYCO!" went on rotation on Viva Metalla and MTV Superrock. Missing the support from their label, the band and Gun Records finally parted ways. Rumours already proclaimed the split of the band. Furious of the rumours and their ex-label the band members decided to prove all critics wrong and wrote the most brutal Hate Squad songs ever for their 4th studio album. In 1993 several magazines had elected Hate Squad the best unsigned band of Europe - in 1998, the band was back as the only unsigned band on the 5th "With Full Force Open Air" (Slayer, Marilyn Manson etc.). Hate Squad took their chance and presented an explosive cocktail of old classics. But the set had an noteworty ending as well: as awaited by everyone in the crowd “Not My God” was supposed to end the set but Hate Squad wasn't able to perform as the stage manager ended the show by turning off the power too early. For sure there was a big dissappointment! Legend says that within this raging and swearing crowd, some young guys from a band called Heaven Shall Burn decided in that moment to cover "Not my God" with their own band! The whole songwriting process for the 4th album "H8 for the masses" finally took it´s time till 2003, but even as the whole band had a hard times at that state they never even thought about splitting up even though there have been many rumors again. Hate Squad gave their answer to these in the lyrics of "We are Amused"... In 2004 "H8 for the masses" was released finally and put them back on the road to play through out Europe. In 2008 Hate Squad was back with "Degüello Wartunes" – right in time for their 15th band anniversary! Furious mosh songs like “Rise Up” meet with dancefloor sweeping smash hits like “Anger from the gutter” or “My War” or the new band hymn “Hannover H8Core”. Be sure that there will be a lot more to celebrate the band's career during the year so be prepared for a lesson in Hannover H8core! Massacre Record signed Hate Squad in 2011 and the band entered the Rape of Harmony studios again to record their 6th album called “Katharsis”. After these recordings also some interesting live shows followed like famous Wacken Open Air in 2013 and 2018 again. To celebrate the 20th year anniversary Hate Squad released in 2013 a best of album. In April 2018 Hate Squad got in touch with Eike O.Freese at Chameleon Recording Studios Hamburg to produce the 7th full length album. Thanks to Eike´s experience and knowledge this album sound perfectly brutal, the songwriting reminds to the roots of Hate Squad and will blast everyone´s ears. Release was end of 2018. Beside this Hate Squad was joining the Full Metal Cruise in April 2019, Summer breeze in August 2019 and also played several single Club Shows in 2019.

Discography

Release date Release name Media
2018 Reborn from Ashes (Massacre Records) CD, DOWNLOAD, LP
2013 You Are Not My Fuckin' God (Best of 20 Years of Raging Hate) (Swell Creek Records) CD
2011 Katharsis (Massacre Records) CD
2008 Degüello Wartunes (Dockyard 1) CD
2004 H8 for the Masses (Swell Creek Records) CD
1997 Pzyco! (GUN Records) CD
1996 Sub Zero – The Remixes EP (GUN Records) EP
1995 I.Q. Zero (GUN Records) CD
1994 : Theater of Hate (GUN Records) CD

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