|Interview by Burt Wolf with the soulless poet & vocalist, Jorgen Sandstrom
Interview done on January 9th, 2002.
COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE A LITTLE BACKGROUND HISTORY ON THE BAND & HOW YOU GOT
Me & K always talked about starting a band together, so after about 8 years of drunken visions, K finally grew
his beard out long enough, so he started to write songs & I started doing the lyrics. Then Mia joined in on vocals
to bring some more contrasts to the band. We have up till now released 2 albums, that MASSACRE RECORDS
kinda forgot to send to the stores coz it's hardly available anywhere!!!
WHY WAS THE NAME PROJECT HATE CHOSEN FOR THE BAND?
The band name is THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX. It's a crap name, but it kinda tells something of what we
are about. Total hate against anything considered holy!!!
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES IN LIFE & IN CREATING YOUR MUSIC?
Our influences in music are so totally different from each member. K listens to a lot of crap that I can't stand,
like KORN, SLIPKNOT & he thinks the same of me when I put on some SATYRICON or DARK THRONE.
We got a few bands in common though, like KRISIUN, DARK FUNERAL & a few more. In life, fuck man,
religion in general, stupid, ignorant, easy fooled people & laughter.
HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH PAVEMENT MUSIC TO RELEASE YOUR DEBUT CD
"CYBER SONIC SUPER CHRIST"?
I think MASSACRE & PAVEMENT had a distribution deal going or something.
THIS ALBUM CAME OUT OVER A YEAR OR SO AGO, HOW WELL WAS IT RECEIVED?
Our music is so complex that we have 2 camps of fans, those who love it & those who can't stand it. But those
who like it seem to really fucking like it a lot! It got really good & really shitty reviews, haha... But I rather see a
shit review than an average review, coz they mean nothing to me.
WHICH SONG FROM THAT ALBUM BEST REPRESENTS THE PROJECT HATE & WHY?
I think "Christianity Delete". Because it's one hell of a good song.
COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE ALBUM NAME & THE CD COVER ART?
K came up with that title, for a reason I can't tell cos he would have to kill me if I say it. The artwork was done
by a good friend of K, one hell of a sick, drunk guy named Leifi Plomeros. It has a mechanical feel to it to
represent the music & some evil feel to represent the lyrics.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONCEPTS OF YOUR SONGS?
"CYBER SONIC SUPER CHRIST" IS THE ONLY ALBUM I HAVE OF YOURS, HAS THERE BEEN
ANY OTHER RELEASES SINCE THIS ONE. IF SO, COULD YOU GIVE SOME INFORMATION ON
The last one was released last year & was called "WHEN WE ARE DONE,
YOUR FLESH WILL BE OURS". It's like a continuation to what "CYBER
SONIC SUPER CHRIST" was all about.
YOU GUYS DON'T REALLY FIT THE TYPICAL MOLD OF A LOT
OF BANDS I HEAR COMING OUT OF SWEDEN. HOW WOULD
YOU SAY YOU DIFFER FROM MOST BANDS OF THIS STYLE?
We don't try to be like any other band, where as a lot of other bands copy
a lot from other bands. We are on a mission on our own, to dominate.
And we do coz we are the only band that sounds like us =)
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE MUSIC THAT COMES OUT
OF EUROPE TO THE MUSIC COMING OUT OF THE U.S.?
I think most of the bands, whether they are a Death Metal band, Black
Metal band, etc... Scandinavian bands are a lot more brutal & not as
much as a show off like many of the bands in the states are. I think
Scandinavian bands concentrate on doing good songs instead of trying to
be as complicated as possible.
WHY THE DECISION TO GO WITH A 3 PIECE WITH KENITH DOING ALL THE INSTRUMENTS &
YOU & MIA DOING VOCAL DUTIES?
Because we can. That's the way we like to work, K is very picky on how his music should sound & how it has
to be played, so he rather do it all by himself!! And as we live far away from each other we can never rehears
anyway, so this is the best & easiest way.
YOU ALSO PLAY BASS IN ENTOMBED, ARE KENITH PHILIPSON & MIA STOHL IN ANY OTHER
I think Mia is writing some stuff on her own & sings it in the shower & K & me have another band as well, a
proper Doom Metal band ala CANDLEMASS, TROUBLE kinda style.
YOUR MUSIC CONTAINS LOTS OF TECHNO INFLUENCES, PROGRAMMING, KEYBOARDS,
DARK DEATH GROWLS & ENCHANTING ANGELIC VOCALS & MORE. IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT
THE PROJECT HATE IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL METAL ACT. HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE
THE PROJECT HATE'S SOUND & STYLE?
Arabian fizzy Black Metal! Or just plain & simple THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX kinda music.
HAVE YOU PLAYED MANY SHOWS? WHERE & WITH WHO ARE SOME OF THE MORE
We have only played 2 shows & they were both in Orebro at our release parties, haha... The first one was good,
they say, I can't remember. The second one was ok, they say, I definitely don't remember that one.
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK FOR THE
PROJECT HATE TO OCCUPY YOUR TIME?
Music for other bands, drinking, burning, looting, raping,
shooting, work, study, answering interviews, etc...
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC
BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME OF THE
OTHER BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO?
Bob Marley, DMX, DARK THRONE, ZYKLON, KRISIUN,
RABAELLIUN & more...
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST & WORST PART ABOUT BEING IN A BAND?
Worst is definitely not getting paid & being broke all the time. Best thing is everything around creating the music.
DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE & WHAT YOU WERE DOING WHEN YOU 1ST HEARD
ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK ON 9-11-01 IN NEW YORK? ANY THOUGHTS ON
I was on tour with ENTOMBED in London. I was changing strings on my bass & was drinking a beer at the
Underworld. A tragedy is exactly what it is. Of course the ones who did it were religious fundamentalists. Didn't
surprise me at all. I was thinking of all my friends in NY when I heard it & didn't have any phone numbers to
any of them with me on tour. I got scared...
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM PROJECT HATE NEXT?
Another album at some point. No plans yet though.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. ANY LAST COMMENTS YOU'D
LIKE TO ADD?
Support the real Metal scene, not the fake ass "Backstreet Boys bands with guitars" scene. Thanx!