As HATE SQUAD started the band back in april 1993, one of the main phrases they were told all the time sounded like “you guys suck, you’ll not make it a whole year!”.
25 years and a long and very successful career later, HATE SQUAD just can laugh their asses off about such nonsense and prove all critics and haters wrong again with their 7th full length album “REBORN FROM ASHES” … and dude, this is a monster of an album, exactly the massive hatebomb that all HATE SQUAD supporters worldwide hoped for over the last few years! REBORN FROM ASHES combines all old and damn well known brutal HATE SQUAD elements and qualities with a modern and very melodic touch, intelligent songwriting and a great production, done by Eike O. Freese at renowned Chameleon Studios, Hamburg.
REBORN FROM ASHES will be unleashed worldwide to the public by German Massacre Records at the end of november / beginning of december 2018 (release date TBA) as Digipak CD, Digital Download and 3 different Vinyl versions! But it’s not only that HATE SQUAD release this new album in 2018 … no!! It’s also 25th anniversary and after a great performance at the Wacken Open Air 2018, HATE SQUAD will celebrate this with re-releasing their first 3 highly successful albums as Digipak CDs (+ 3 Bonus CDs with tons of unreleased and rare audio material!) and each album will be available as digital download and as 3 different vinyl versions as well (release: scheduled for 2019).
So it looks like the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 will be a busy time for HATE SQUAD’s label Massacre to release 1 CD, 3 double CDs and 12 different Vinyl versions of the new album and the old 3 classic albums … but HATE SQUAD would not be HATE SQUAD if they wouldn’t plan much more for their fans and of corse they will stay busy too … soooo yes, HATE SQUAD will play live shows again in 2019!! First confirmation is for the FULL METAL CRUISE in April 2019 and also a Tour is booked already and there are many more awesome events to come … and if you have ever been part of a HATE SQUAD show, you know that you’ll have to be prepared for a lesson in brutal Hannover H8core and that the band is not interested to take any prisoners, no … they wanna kill!!! And they will kill live, like they proved many times within this century already and like they proved even more in the glorious 90s at some legendary shows like Dynamo 95 or With full force 98… but let’s do a time travel and go back to the glorious old days …
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 1995, Wacken (3 times!), With Full Force 1998 …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.
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. Wikipedia nowadays mention HATE SQUAD as the founders of German Metalcore … but if you call HATE SQUAD a Hardcore Thrash band with Death Metal like vocals it’s ok as well … in the end it’s a brutal assault, whatever label anyone put on HATE SQUAD’s music … it’s raw, it’s fast, it’s aggressive, it’s melodic and it is cutting your head off!
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. A milestone, that many bands mention as major influence for their own musical adventures years later! 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 and a full album special on VIVA Metalla was broadcasted to the album release. Shortly after the album release HATE SQUAD joined the Summer Metal Meetings III Tour with Kreator, Sodom, In Flames, Exodus, Samael, Grip Inc and Orphanage. But because of missing further 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.
Due to their 15th band anniversary in 2008 Hate Squad released the “Degüello Wartunes” album in march 2008 which was recorded in the Rape Of Harmonies Studios (Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Narziss) 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. 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”.
Following up on the success of “Degüello Wartunes”, the 6th album “Katharsis” was finally released in 2011 and showed their brutal side mixed with much more melodies than ever before and HATE SQUAD expertly combined their Nineties roots with actual Death- and Hardcore influences and prove once again that they are one of Germany’s leading metalcore exports!
In 2013 HATE SQUAD celebrated their 20th anniversary with shows at Wacken Open Air (they were also featured with 3 live tracks on the official Wacken 2013 DVD and also with 1 track on the official Wacken 2013 CD album!) and some more like Metal Franconia Festival and others. Due to the 20th anniversary, in April 2013 there was time again for a new release … the double CD Best Of album “You are not my fuckin’ god – best of 20 years of raging hate!” This release is packed with 37 songs (5 unreleased) and fully remastered by Eike O. Freese. This first Best Of HATE SQUAD double album is the perfect overview about the first 20 years of HATE SQUAD’s history, not only for the new kids … it’s also made for all old die-hard H8 maniacs and meant as a big “thank you from the band” to them and for their never ending support over all these years!
The following years, beside some shows here and there, HATE SQUAD mainly concentrated on the songwriting for their 7th full length album and as you can hear by yourself now, REBORN FROM ASHES was worth all the time, the hard work and the effort! In august 2018 HATE SQUAD proved that they also could destroy stages like at Wacken Open Air anytime as they played a brutal show on the Wacken W:E:T stage in the BCC tent! The new album will be out end of the year 2018 and re-releases of the first 3 albums with tons of bonus material as well! To celebrate all those releases HATE SQUAD will play the first show in 9 years in their hometown Hannover at the “Hannover Metalfest” in november 2018 and many more live shows in 2019 are planned and in the works!
The HATE SQUAD future has just begun … so be prepared for the next 25 years of anger, hate and brutal noise that literally will slay your fuckin’ head and make your soul rage!