Band Watch-out: Hatebook

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Band Watch-outs
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(Originally written for KtmROCKS Emag 08)

Hatebook is a death metal band that derives its sound from the mixture of old school death metal and technical death metal, influenced by bands as Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Decapitated, Nile, The Faceless, Meshuggah, Necrophagist, etc. with the prominent insertion of Opeth-styled melodic segments. Formed in 2006 as a thrash metal outfit, they had begun with performing especially Pantera covers in gigs. But just after two years, they split up and have recently reformed in 2010 under a new line-up, shifting their direction towards death metal. The band say since the new line-up consisted of members who are from death metal background and since they also wanted to increase their level of technicality, they have turned towards playing death metal. The band name was drawn from a website of the same name, where users post things they hate.

Hatebook consists of:

Navin Pokharel on vocals, who has been growling for about two years and is influenced from George Fisher, Muhammed Suicmez, Chuck Schuldiner, Prabin Shrestha, Avishekh KC, The Faceless, Sikth, etc.

Rojan Ranjit in guitar, who has been playing the instrument for about eight years, and is influenced from Fredrik Thordendal, Steve Vai, Muhammed Suicmez, etc. He had also been a guitarist for Taamishra.

Prajwal KC in guitar, who has been playing the instrument for about three years, and is influenced from Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Bikash Gurung, Anil Dhital, etc.

Bhufan Limbu in bass, who has been playing bass for about four years, and is influenced from Victor Wooten, Rizu Tuladhar, Ryan Martin, Pink Floyd, Bijay Shrestha, Flea, etc. He also plays in Psychic Tower and a blues band from Nepal Music Centre.

And Bivesh Thapa in drums, who has been playing them for about two years, and is influenced from Surendra Koirala, Thomas Lang, Derek Roddy, Virgil Donati, Abhaya Shrestha, etc. He is also in Gothica.

The band has played about half a dozen gigs since it has reformed, among which they cite “Deification of the Saboteur” and “Gig III” as their best concerts. When asked about the problems of having a band in Nepal, they share, “The main problem right now is the hectic load-shedding hours which is really hurdling us to practice properly. It’s really frustrating that we can only practice once a week these days. The other problem could be the lack of proper instruments and practice rooms. We had wandered around different locations until finalizing our final practice room in Anil Dhital’s basement in Anamnagar.”

“First of all, the guitar riffs created by Rojan are shared with the band, after which everyone gives his own input. In a sense, he’s the key songwriter for the band” says Bivesh about the songwriting process, “Every time we play the songs, they tend to keep on changing their structures, as we try to add more stuff into it. The new output always sounds better.”

Currently, the band has composed four songs entitled “Revenge”, “Saw”, “Precipitation of Human Flesh” and “Hedonist” and they have a plan to record a full length album soon but without any hurry. Vocalist Navin Pokharel is also the lyricist of the band who pens contents that embrace perversion and torture and also on true historical events on such matter. For example, “Revenge” is based on the 19th century massacre known as ‘Boyd ship massacre’ and “Saw” is based on the movie of the same title.

The band is happy that the number of people who listen to death metal is increasing by the day, and more bands are playing more extreme forms of metal with varied influences. “2010 was a massive year for the underground, considering the increase in number of gigs and also improvement in the overall ambience of the concerts. There were also many band competitions held. One good thing about participating in such musical competitions for us is that we have really learned how to efficiently manage the time onstage, because of the time limitation. Besides, we have also gained some popularity participating in those events.”

“Although the number of people in the crowd is increasing, there is still less people who actually understand the music. Nonetheless, we are happy with the amount of support we are getting from them. One of the most negative points here is that there is an increasing enmity between the local bands. Also, the older bands who have been in the scene for quite a time don’t count newer bands as capable, and there’s a lack of consideration from them as well, which is really disappointing. The thing is that we are a small scene and we must all be as a family without all those bullshit”. The band cite their favorite local bands, past and present, as Binaash, Atomic Bush, Jindabaad, 7th Gravity, E.quals, Taamishra, Ushma Weg, among others.

You can check more about the band in their Facebook page.

– Samyam Shrestha

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