Like a wrecking ball let off the chain, recently formed Brisbane metal outfit Awaken The Hate are set to steamroll the local metal scene when they release their debut single Monster In The Mirror this Friday.
Coming together with a wealth of experience already in the metal scene, Awaken The Hate aren’t here to merely make up the numbers.
They are here to lead the pack.
As the band’s bio so beautifully puts it, “Awaken The Hate draws inspiration from the darker realms of the human psyche, exploring themes of societal decay, existential dread, and the unspoken fury that simmers beneath the surface. Their lyrics reflect the collective discontent of a generation, while their sonic onslaught leaves no soul untouched.”
And while we all know how easy it is to simply talk the talk, anyone who has seen one of only a handful of live shows from Awaken The Hate will testify just how solid talk can be when you have the fortitude to back it up.
Monster In The Mirror threatens to be merely an opening salvo from a band who have been brought up the old-school metal way and now ply their craft in the same manner. Fresh, original, brutal and uncompromising, Awaken The Hate promise to be a breath of fresh air on the metal scene, and after spending some time speaking with guitarist Steve Conley and vocalist Ben Rogers recently that seems to be only a formality.
“We’re all of that element where groove metal – the Pantera‘s and that sort of 90s stuff – was where our bread and butter was,” Rogers began. “I think what we’ve really found with Awaken The Hate is trying to modernise that a bit. Music to me has got groove. It makes you wanna move, and I like to think that there’s also the melodies and the vox there have got a bit of a hook to it that makes you wanna sing along. That was our goal. I wanna play in front of people that wanna sing songs back to us and bang their heads hard.”
In the full interview, Benno and Steve talk more about the debut single, what it’s about, finding emotion and expression through honesty in lyrics, why they chose this particular song to introduce Awaken The Hate to the world, how accurately this song represents the future direction of the band, the importance of nailing live shows, upcoming gigs, future plans and more.