Überhate's Rafael One Drunkard Whose Band Claims to be Metal Sometimes....


Professional drunkards and sometimes being a metal band the guys of Überhate came together in 2011. By 2012, they had released their first demo album titled "Godless Bastard". Now a few years later they have written and recorded all new material for their debut full-length album "Mindhalted" by releasing a single and video for "Spiral Writhe of a Drilled World" seen HERE. Guitarist Rafael Espinosa creator of this drunken madness is the one to discuss the band matters and the future awaiting them.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Rafael: Überhate was officially created in June 2011. After leaving my old power metal band, Atversus, I decided to pursuit a different goal in metal music by writing more aggressive stuff, so I formed a death metal band along with friends I met through the years in my local scene. The first band’s line up had Luis Salazar and me on guitars, Eduardo Perez on drums, Herb Earth on bass and Humberto Rodríguez on vocals. We released a demo in 2012 titled “Godless Bastard” with 5 songs that, in 2015, were re-recorded and included in our first full length album “Mindhalted”. Due to some personal problems Humberto left the band in 2012 and we invited Celia Novelo to be the new singer of the band. Herb Earth (Bass) left the band in 2013 because he had to move to another city. We spent almost a year hosting some auditions trying to find a new bass player, but they were all incapable to play the bass lines of our music satisfactorily and then, after all the frustration, Luis decided to take the bass position in the band, and he has been doing a really nice job since then. All the bass lines in Mindhalted were written by Herb but they all were recorded by Luis. We recently released a video of a song called Spiral Writhe of a Drilled World to kick start the album release.

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

Rafael: The name is a combination of German and English words. I remember, in 2011, I was watching this anime series called Steins;Gate which name is also a combination of German-English and I just thought “Hey, that’s a good idea… I must steal it!” so I spent one night writing down some names with the same combination of languages until Überhate came out, and I liked it, I still do, the rest of the band also like it, sounds cool, kinda represents what most of our lyrics are about so, yeah I decided to go with that name.

3. Where is the band based out of? and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Rafael: The band is based in Mérida, Mexico. To be honest the music scene here is bad, venues have very low attendance, we have only a few bands doing things right, most of them have a major lack on production and a very poor desire to reach higher grounds. However, there are some local bands worth to mention: Commando, Atversus, Plagues of Mankind, Los Macabra are the ones from the top of my mind right now.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Rafael: I don’t know, some sites on the internet have described it as melodic death/groove metal, so I would let the people who listen to our music judge and categorize it. Most of the music in Überhate is written by me and Luis and frankly, we never argue with our inspiration, we just let the ideas flow and never force a song to be in a certain way or to have specific things in it. In plain words, we don’t use a formula. Bands that have influenced our style, I have to mention: Iced Earth, Pantera, Sepultura (mid and late 90’s), Arch Enemy, Necrophagist, A.N.I.M.A.L. and some others.

5. What can people expect from this new album, why should they be interested and check it out?

Rafael: I think Mindhalted is a very diverse album, that’s the beauty of it. People who have listened to it usually say the same thing: “It doesn't bore me”. When you listen to Mindhalted, you are probably listening to the most raw version of Überhate and it’s probably not gonna be that way in the following albums, we are trying to get a producer to help us in the production of the next album, so that means things are going to be cleaner and more standardized.

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

Rafael: Yes, we do gigs. But in this precise moment we are in standby because our drummer, Eduardo, had to move to another city for a couple of months due to personal problems. This happened all of a sudden unfortunately, but we decided to wait for him to be back, instead of trying to get a new drummer. We are going to start touring again in June.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Rafael: That we are not another generic metal band, we are doing really interesting and different things as you can hear in songs like Spiral Writhe of a drilled world, Mexi Corp or The Morphing.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Rafael: Succeed at all cost! Touring Europe, Japan and major festivals in the long term, and the whole Mexico and USA as soon as possible. We know we have what it takes to get there, and we will get there!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Rafael: As an independent band (so far) we decided to upload all the songs to YouTube, so you can listen all of them there for free. Mindhalted has been released only in digital format so far, and if you like it and want to support the band by buying the album, you can get it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and some other digital music stores. Here are some of the the links:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/mindhalted/id979921132

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00V6II430

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/%C3%9Cberhate_Mindhalted?id=Bp66np2mt66qxsjsf4f5qo2oe4m

Bandcamp: http://uberhate.bandcamp.com/album/mindhalted

Our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/uberhate

We are also on Spotify.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Rafael: The genuine rage we put into every song.

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