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Blackened death metal practitioners HATE will join Batushka on their North America Pilgrimage 2022 Fall Tour! The journey begins TONIGHT September 26th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and runs through two dozen cities, coming to a close on October 21st in Brooklyn, New York. See all confirmed dates below.

HATE w/ Batushka:
9/26/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2022 The Concourse – Knoxville, TN
9/28/2022 Loft @ Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
9/30/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
10/01/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
10/02/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
10/03/2022 Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX
10/04/2022 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
10/05/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
10/06/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/07/2022 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/08/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR
10/09/2022 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/10/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/12/2022 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/13/2022 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
10/14/2022 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/15/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/16/2022 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17/2022 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
10/18/2022 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
10/19/2022 Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
10/20/2022 Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
10/21/2022 The Monarch – Brooklyn, NY

HATE release their latest album, Rugia, last Fall via Metal Blade Records. No one combines death and black metal quite like Poland’s HATE. With unflinching viciousness and a sense of atmosphere unique to the band, on Rugia, their twelfth full-length, they push the boundaries of their craft even further. “It was clear to me that it should build upon and evolve from our previous record, Auric Gates Of Veles (2019), both musically and lyrically. However, every HATE record stands as a separate journey, and never twice to the same place. You never know exactly where it will lead you,” states vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner, who has led the band since 1991. Fresh blood in the band’s lineup also helped contribute to Rugia‘s unique sound. Drummer Pavulon, who had played with the band since 2014, was forced to step down from the band due to serious health issues. The band tapped Nar-Sil (Neolith, Virgin Snatch, Embrional) to take his place. “Working with a new drummer this time around was a fascinating experience for me. Nar-Sil’s technique and presence are quite different from Pavulon’s, and that definitely comes across. I believe we managed to construct a refreshing new chapter to our discography, composing nine truly sinister onslaughts of pure rage.”

HATE elected to once again track Rugia at Hertz Recording Studio in Poland, and it was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the Wiesłaski Brothers (Behemoth, Decapitated). Everything was laid down over about two to three weeks, with longtime collaborator Michał Staczkun providing the ambient elements of the band’s sound. The only struggle came about at the mixing stage, where the final character of the record emerges. “Here we encountered many problems, contradictory visions, too. The producers had their own idea for the overall sound, which differed from what I had in mind, so we were trying to find a good compromise and it took us a few months.” Given how strongly the personality of the record shines through, it is safe to say that the compromise reached was in its best interest, standing as perhaps the best sounding record in the band’s long career.

Rugia, which earned the #30 spot on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums chart and #33 on Billboard’s Top New Artists Albums chart in the US as well as the #25 on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums chart in Canada upon its first week of release, is currently available on CD, LP, and digital formats.

Find ordering options at THIS LOCATION.


ATF Sinner – vocals, guitars
Domin – guitars
Nar-Sil – drums
Tiermes – bass

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