THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX — the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström (vocals; VICIOUS ART, KRUX, ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE), Lord K. Philipson (guitar; TORTURE DIVISION, ex-GOD AMONG INSECTS, HOUSE OF USHER, LEUKEMIA) and Anders Bertilsson (guitar; COLDWORKER), has parted ways with bassist Michael Håkansson (ex-ENGEL, EVERGREY), singer Jo Enckell (SIREN ON), and drummer Thomas Ohlsson (ex-KAMTJATKA, AXENSTAR, SEVEN WISHES, CELLOUT).
Commented Philipson: "Many [fans] will wonder why Jo is relieved of duty after all these years. It's simple — we have done fantastic albums with her since 'Hate, Dominate Congregate, Eliminate' some seven years ago, but now we feel it's time to go for another type of vocals when it comes to the female parts. We are looking for something else to further enhance our sound. And we have found it. In fucken Portugal, of all places.
"Let us introduce Ms. Roque [a.k.a. Ruby Roque of WITCHBREED] to the fold. A killer chick with an absolutely fantastic voice, including range, dynamics and power. Ms. Roque [pictured below] is destined to make her mark in THE PROJECT HATE history with the strongest vocals we have ever had."
Regarding Ohlsson's exit and the decision to enlist Tobben Gustafsson of TORTURE DIVISION and VOMITORY fame as his replacement, Philipson stated, "It dawned on us some time ago; why the hell isn't [Gustafsson, who happens to be] one of our fave drummers and best friends playing drums for THE PROJECT HATE? We know what this guy is capable of and it's safe to say we'll get the finest drumming of our career with the next album by having Golden T on it. As said before, his nickname isn't fucken Golden for nothing, you know."
On the topic of Håkansson's departure, Philipson said, "We haven't heard from Michael Håkansson in quite some time. We actually don't even know what he thinks about the latest album. Whatever he's doing (probably repairing motorcycles and whatnot), we wish him the best, 'coz Michael is one terrific guy. He didn't play on [the latest THE PROJECT HATE album, 'The Lustrate Process'] and [I don't] mind doing bass so [I'll] do that on the coming albums as [I] used to before Michael entered the HATE fold on 'Armageddon' and 'Hora'."
THE PROJECT HATE is currently working on the material for its seventh album. According to Philipson, "Things are going really well with the songwriting and we are not walking away from the formula that's made us achieve recognition." He added, "We won't guess when all the material for this album will be completed but let us state that we are far into the process. We will work harder than ever before on this coming, guaranteed-to-be masterpiece. And trust us — it will be downright fucken phenomenal."
"The Lustrate Process" was released last July via Vic Records. The CD was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden. The artwork and booklet design was handled by Statik Majik.
New THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX female singer Ruby Roque