Thogarma: HELL-o there, we´re playing anti-human art in the form of Black Death Metal since 2001. Hatred towards mankind is the credo and motivation.
What can you tell me about Decision to Hate latest album “Anti-human Art”?
Cassiel: Anti-Human Art is an album which was written about a period of almost ten years. In the mid two thousands we had a lot of lineup changes in the band especially on the guitar position. There was a time when we had no guitar player in the band. In all these years we wrote nine songs with four different guitar players. When Tim joined the band finally as our constant lead guitar player all circumstances became more structured and professional. So we went to the studio in 2013 and recorded all the stuff we gathered. I added the piano songs on the album and we finished it. But the atmosphere in the band was very negative. We had a complete finished album and were beyond the threshold to a higher level. But the band broke down and the album laid 3 years unwitting if it would ever be released sometime. Absolutely boring. I was very fucked up at this time. In 2016 the band came together all problems were discussed and we finally released the album in 2018.
When your fans can hear something new after “Anti-human Art”? I mean if there is scheduled some info about new album.
Thogarma: Around 50% of a new album is less or more finished. We are faster than ever in writing new stuff. Due to many line-up changes in the past we were always training new people. Now that we have a constant and the best ever line-up (in my opinion) there´s no need to play the live stuff over and over again, so there´s enough space for new creativity. people can expect some very good songs, the best we´ve ever made!
Do you have enough positive feedbacks about the album so far?
Thogarma: Yes we have. Especially the smaller and independent webzines are really concerned with our stuff and give usable feedback. Support the underground. I’ve noticed that reviews of the big magazines are often very standardized, partly because they’re flooded with new releases and I don’t think they really deal with it if you don’t book ads in their magazine.
You’ve been active as a band for close to 20 years, what helps you to continue with the music?
Thogarma: It seems that our inspiration grows with the years and experience. I don’t remember us ever being as creative and rehearsing as we currently are. And lyrically the enemy image of man provides enough food for countless new songs. It seems that mankind is getting dumber day by day. This is not only, but especially in Germany that way.
Cassiel: If I speak just for me I simply do nothing else in my freetime than making music. I am not married i have no children or other commitments and invest all my time in making music and art. My life is music. I have two other bands. And additional I am a music teacher. So if you want I do not only make music in my freetime but also in my daily job. A life without music would be absolute unthinkable for me.
Is it enough easy to play metal and have a stable line-up in your part of Germany? Can you live from album sales?
Cassiel: I think it is absolute equal if you speak about making metal music in Germany or in other countries. The answer of this question is very simple. No. Almost all people who are making music have another main pillar to earn money to finance their everyday life. Thinking about making music and live from that is very naive if you ask me. We are not Iron Maiden or Metallica.
Quite a few people have been involved in Decision to Hate since its inception. How did you come to find a stable, permanent line-up of members?
Thogarma: After really frequent changes of guitarists we were lucky with Tim. He has been with us for almost 10 years now and we want it to stay that way. In order to prevent the second guitar from changing constantly, I simply took it over a few years ago and got myself more involved in songwriting than ever before. Our bassist Matthias has been with us for two years now and can’t be replaced not only on stage but also behind the scenes. I’ve wanted him in the band in the past, which wasn’t possible at the time for private reasons. Cassiel and I are into DTH since it was called a band.
Which song off of “Anti-human Art” would you choose to play if you wanted to create a new fan of Decision to Hate?
Thogarma: I think the title track and “I hate myself” are the most concise songs on the album. They are also the newest ones on it. Reviews, on the other hand, contain completely different recommended songs, tastes are different. I myself usually play “I hate myself” for people, especially because of the ending of the song, that’s totally crazy. Matthias likes “On your Knees in front of the Priest” but he wasn’t an altar boy, as far as I know, haha.
Which was the band that made you go, “that’s it–I’m starting a metal band!”?
Cassiel: I can´t tell you which band was the booster detonation why I started a Heavy Metal band. But i can tell you which band was it why I started a band. That was Guns n´Roses for me. I remember the year 1994 when I was totally flashed with the „Use your illusion“ records. I saw these Rock n´Roll guys and I thought YES I also will do this stuff. This was the beginning of a journey that lasts about 25 years now for me. I think this records are absolutely milestones in music history until now.
Thogarma: I am not sure if it was a special band that clinched it for me. If so, then Samael and Morbid Angel! I had my first Metal band in 1994.
Any parting words for the readers of Metal Militia?
Thogarma: For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/DecisionToHate and https://decisiontohate.bandcamp.com for buying music and merch! Many thanks in advance! Support the underground and clean the scene! Death & Metal!!!
Thank you for your time!
Thogarma: Thank you very much for allowing us to introduce ourselves. Best regards from Germany.