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Black Hate's B.G. Ikanunna Talks New Single And More

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Mexican black metal band Black Hate is working on upcoming material for a 2015 release, and this weekend we'll be premiering a new single in full (check out the teaser below) to give a taste of what to expect.

This upcoming new release follows both the "Los Tres Mundos" album and "The Dark Key of Enki," a split with Be Persecuted that came out earlier this year.

Black Hate mastermind B.G. Ikanunna can't wait for the world to hear the "Aneetmaa" single, which he refuses to classify either in terms of sound or lyrics, stating its up the fans to interpret it how they want. Eschewing the typical tunnel vision and elitism that plagues metaldom, he states "I'm not into just one genre you know? I just see the music as a gift for my satisfaction and I never care about the 'what people will think if I listen to this band, or that'."

Read on for the full interview to find out how the band is continuing to evolve and what's on the horizon for Black Hate.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the history of Black Hate and what you guys have done up until now.

B.G. Ikanunna: Black Hate started in the year 2006 when I was 18 years old. I just recorded all at home with some low quality microphone directly to my computer. BH also performed a very rare few shows from 2006 to 2010 with a friend on the drums and me on the guitar and vocals. In 2011 Black Hate turns into a live complete band with Possessed on guitar, Vyse on drums, A.Troll on bass, Pollack on guitar, and me in vocals and composition.

We released a second album called “Los Tres Mundos” that means “The Three Worlds” and we performd a lot of shows together. Then I decided to split up again to find new members. In 2013 Edd Necrodecapitator from legendary band Disgorge joined the band with his brother O Executioner 696 on drums and me on guitars. We recorded just one song and then they left the band because of time problems with the other bands they were in.

And now I have new musicians in the band and the line up is: Possessed on guitar, Efrax Xentinel on drums, Mors Zek on bass, and me on guitar, vocals and composition, and this is definitely the best line up ever on Black Hate.

xFiruath: Are any of the band members active with other projects right now?

B.G. Ikanunna: Yes my drummer Efras Xentinel is on another nice death/doom band called The Abstract and my bass player is on a cello quartet called Tenebraz.

xFiruath: Does this new single we're premiering herald an upcoming full-length release?

B.G. Ikanunna: Actually this single is part of a new EP with 4 tracks for next year, we hope we can have the works done for February and record all in March, so we can talk about releasing in May 2015 by Dusktone.

xFiruath: How was the writing and recording process for the single?

B.G. Ikanunna: Well this process was especially difficult for me because all the music composition is on a new direction from all our past works. I mean this new material is very aggressive and darker compared with the “Los Tres Mundos” album. I think this new work shows all the fucking hate and violence under my mind, but also shows that aggressive and new part of the band never seen before.

xFiruath: What's should fans take away from the lyrics on this single?

B.G. Ikanunna: I don’t like to tell to my followers how they have to think about my music or what they must know about Black Hate. All my lyrics from the “Los Tres Mundos” album were under a hidden meaning and it will be just like that. A lot of people thinks BH is still depressive black metal way and that's OK for me. A lot of people think Black Hate is on the Apocalyptic theme and that is also OK for me. People try to find ever something to identify and if BH is that for them, that is OK for me too. What can I tell you about the themes on this tack? Its just the purest evilness on there.

xFiruath: How does the sound of this song differ from previous releases and how is Black Hate evolving musically?

B.G. Ikanunna: Everything on this song is different from the past works, starting with the vocals I made for it. On this track I use some Tuvan technique for little fragments (khoomei and Sygyt), guitars are also drop D tuning, and new thinking on the music composition to mention something.

xFiruath: Where has Black Hate been performing live lately?

B.G. Ikanunna: This year we just performed one show as opening act for Satanic Warmaster. We are not focused on live shows per the moment, but we are into music composition already. Of course our show at Satanic Warmaster show was amazing, the people were very satisfied and so was I.

xFiruath: From your perspective where is the Mexican metal scene going these days?

B.G. Ikanunna: Well fortunately the Mexican metal music scene is getting stronger than never before, a lot of fucking great bands are coming out and showing to all that there are really high quality bands out there. I think it is just matter of time for having worldwide bands here.

xFiruath: What metal genres are you personally interested in and what's coming out soon you are really looking forward to?

B.G. Ikanunna: Oh, well I'm not the kind of person who only likes to hear one genre or metal style. I like to delight myself with black metal, heavy metal, death metal, and post metal. I'm not into just one genre you know? I just see the music as a gift for my satisfaction and I never care about the “what people will think if I listen to this band, or that.” I'm really waiting to hear the new Pink Floyd work, I'm huge fan of that amazing band. I don't know there's a lot of music out there and I just want to hear as much as I can.

xFiruath: What else would you like to add as we wrap up?

B.G. Ikanunna: Be prepared for the new Black Hate works because this will be the best work ever from the band. Also we are preparing all the details for a European tour in October 2015 and Mexican tour in April – May, 2015. Thanks to MetalUnderground.com for the interview and all our Xentinels for your support.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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