2016 Product of Hate interview with Adam Gilley
Kenosha, Wisconsin is certainly not known for breeding extreme metal. In fact when it comes to metal, Product of Hate‘s hometown, nestled on the South Eastern tip of the state, made its mark in metal building some of America’s first automobiles. Product of Hate was founded in 2007 when drummer Mike McGuire and guitarist Cody Rathbone convinced vocalist Adam Gilley to put a band together. The guys eventually tapped Cody’s brother Gene Rathbone to play lead guitar and Mark Campbell to play bass. Product of Hate‘s name suggests a band built on brutality and heavy riffs, and that is exactly what they deliver on their debut album, Buried in Violence: Plenty of thrashy rhythms and violent grooves blended with menacing lyrics, and just the right touch of melody. Think Pantera and Lamb of God on a Testament-fueled bender with a shot of Strapping Young Lad.
Metalholic recently caught up with Adam Gilley to talk about the debut album, which came out early this month on Napalm Records. Despite Gilley’s raging lyrical content and the band’s unmitigated ferocity, his own path to the extreme side of metal began in an unlikely place–with Korn‘s 1994 debut album.
“I heard ‘Shoots and Ladders’ on the radio, and I was like what the hell did I just hear? That was the most evil sounding nursery rhyme I’ve ever heard in my life. I wanna hear more. All the way up till fifth grade I listened to pretty much hip-hop and stuff like that. like old Tupac. Then my buddy turned me on to Smashing Pumpkins… and the more rock and stuff, the heavier I kept going. I started listening to 311, and then it was Korn, and after Korn it was Fear Factory and Pantera. Then it went to early In Flames and Shadows Fall–it just keeps growing, but it all comes back to Korn, I guess.”
One listen to Buried in Violence and you can tell what Product of Hate is all about.
“The name says it all,” shares Adam, “It’s very angry, very pissed off sounding. And Product of Hate, to us, at least to me–every body is a product of hate. They’re a product to it. Everybody’s going to go around and there’s something you’re gonna hate. ‘Buried in Violence‘–even when you look at the album cover, it says it all: It’s very dark, it’s grim, it’s unforgiving. It’s very mean. And that’s exactly what we write. We write angry, pissed off music” (laughs).
Gilley does not hold back with his lyrics any more than Product of Hate‘s music holds back, and Adam opened up during our interview to talk about what makes him angry, and what it is he hates:
“I guess, when it comes down to it, I hate everything. I do. I’m a very nice person–very caring, very friendly. But when I think about the future, with everything that’s going on with politics and all that, I’m like, this is a sad excuse for a country if this is how it’s going to end up going. It pisses me off. And raising a kid on top of it. I hope I can just raise my kid the best that I can and to not fail in life. Right now what really makes me angry is the system, the government. That’s what it really comes down to. And it’s just, to me, greed. Everything I hear or see, it always comes back to money. Everybody’s gotta have their hands in your pocket, and it’s sad. That’s what’s going to destroy this world, right there: It’s the paper.”
Check out the full interview with Adam Gilley below as he talks about Product of Hate‘s long journey to release Buried in Hate, some of the songs on the album, why they chose to cover Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Perry Mason”, and his take on Steve Avery and the Wisconsin story behind Making a Murderer.