Poland possesses some of the most pummeling death metal entities on the planet – bands such as Vader, Behemoth and Decapitation have encountered acclaim above and beyond their home country. Count omthe mighty Calm Hatchery as a band you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the months ahead. This Polish collective has recently spawned Fading Reliefs via the Selfmadegod stronghold, and its sure to captivate the imagination of metal fanatics all across the world at large. Here is a recent interview conduction with one of the Calm Hatchery members to find out more about a band ready to bust out in a big and glorious way. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Calm Hatchery, and how long the band has been together?
Hello, I’m Peter (Huzar), I play guitar and make second vocals in this band. The band exists since 2002, but the lineup which recorded the last two albums has been in place since 2006-2008.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
Our band has a rehearsal room in small town – Słupsk in northern Poland near the Baltic Sea coast. The local scene is not too big. I mean metal scene, but there are some young metal bands. Two hours away from our town is the biggest city, Gdańsk, with the biggest metal scene. Behemoth was born in Gdańsk.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Fading Reliefs?
Yes of course. For me personally the story is just as important like the music – “Fading Reliefs” – The reliefs symbolize everything that man has built to the glory for the God, gods, all gods. Starting from small symbols of worship, to the great temples, churches etc… Relief – is every trace of worship which left by a man in this world.
Fading as the name suggests: Since the men exist, he always create some religion, mythologies. “Fading” by my reasoning is mean: Man has a natural fear, fear of death, fear of passing and that’s way men created God, and that there is such a thing as eternal life. To give himself a hope for some sense of this existence. Fading, meaning, falling dogmas of the faith, without any miracles, which the human mind is unable to comprehend. If a man doesn’t understand some of phenomena in nature, human mind begins to attribute divinity. Some people want to see things like a supernatural miracle, and that the human mind is able to generate fantastic view ….. So …. for all these cults, religions always hid not GOD but a human. Very often in world history, men ordered to call him selves – God. I personally believe in only the power of the force of Nature, Power of the cosmos,
How does Fading Reliefs compare to the other Calm Hatchery releases?
I think, that Fading Reliefs is quite different than our previous album. The new album is more musically monolithic. For me personally, it is difficult to chose a few hits. Rather, the whole album is like a story. The new material brings a little freshness. Vocal arrangements are more varied, we looked for other sounds than just a common typical growl. The same applies to guitars. We used in the works of several new harmonic, new chords, and even acoustic parts. In my opinion it seems to me that the new album is more mature.
Who did the artwork for Fading Reliefs and how much input did you have on it?
The over art was made by Mentalporn, the artist who designed the cover for our previous album. We chose it because we like his style. I described to him the lyrics from the album. We wanted something like a collage than a typical computer graphics, with faded colors, something raw
What could one expect from a live Calm Hatchery show in 2014 and beyond?
We just played Third tour over the Poland with the Vader and Vesania bands. “Blitzkrieg 7” – 14 gigs.
On stage we become part of these emotions contained in music and affects us in total madness. I think it’s natural because when we play this riff’s it’s difficult to act on stage politely and stoically…
Has Calm Hatchery ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
We would like to, yes of course! But we don’t know yet and when, because the problem is complex. In our country is difficult to get a visa to the US. We have to get a specific invitation from someone from USA. Someone would have to cover the cost of airline tickets and so on, so on… Time will show us. We believe that it will be possible…. For us it would be a pleasure to play for US fans!!!
How did the recent tour with Vader and Vesania go and what were some of the highlights?
Oh man! The tour was very very intensive but cool. Vader and Vesania are very friendly people. Every day we had a party and of course drank some alcohol. The atmosphere on tour, the gigs… for us this was the best tour in our career.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It’s difficult question because there are too many bands. It would be a great honor to play as support with bands like Morbid Angel, Nile, Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, Nocturnus, Behemoth, Ulcerate, Gorguts, Goijra… I told you too many names, haha.
What is your favorite beer from Poland and why?
Wow, I love these kind of questions! I rather like beer from small manufacturers. I’m not a fan of beers from a large corporation. Hmmm for example “Trzy Zboża” is good from the Brewery Jabłonowo. This is similar to “Ale” beer and has the note of juniper…amazing!! But actually every beer is good after the show hahaha…
What’s up next for Calm Hatchery?
We finished the tour three weeks ago, so we need a rest. In November we are going to meet in rehearsal room and practice. At the same time, we try to promote our latest stuff, give some interviews, sell CDs and merch and looking forward some shows in the Summer 2015.
Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you so much for this interview. I would like to say hello to all who will read this and please if you like our music please support us. We gave money, heart and emotions to the latest album to be the best as we can….This album is a part of ourselves…cheers!
Calm Hatchery is:
Piotr “Huzar” Hauzer – rhythm & solo guitars
Kuba Kwidzyński – rhythm guitar
Marcin “Szczepan” Szczepański – vocals
Radek “MG42” Szczepański – drums
Daniel “Hacel” Szymanowicz – bass
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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