Raizer Returns with Vengeful and Massive Single "Hate"
Updated: May 23, 2022
Eastern European electro-industrial rock band Raizer returns after the success of their album Resurrection with their vengefully massive single "Hate" via FiXT.
Not every band's beginning is quite so typical. Looking at their stories outside of the music they make, each one is different and alluring, but each one has the same prospects in mind. For Eastern-European 4-piece band Raizer, it all started with a song.
“I try to create tracks with a message that I myself have experienced. This is a story I have experienced in the past. About a rather strange relationship where emotions go from hate to love, deception turned into global sincerity. Jealousy was the fuel for a person. It's like eating hot chili sauce all the time, a passion that can only be enjoyed occasionally. Not always! But it's possible that's just my experience.”- (Vocalist) Anton Vladimirov
That song would not only give them a band name but would set them on the course track to success that would eventually land them under the FiXT label. Coming off of the high-octane energy of their latest album release Resurrection, Raizer returns with their latest vengeful and massive single, "Hate."
While the band has been spicing up their sound and amping up their game as of late, the future looks promising for the next new chapter in their skyrocketing career. "Hate" is a gravid display of synths, hefty guitars, robust electronics, and technically sound rhythms that show Raizer's dynamic electro-metal sound more heavily than ever before. While this is only a taste of what's to come from the Eastern-European band this year, Raizer is plowing through into heavier territory, and we are here for it.
What started Raizer? What is the story behind the band name?
Anton Vladimirov: In the beginning, there was a feeling, something new, fresh, with a completely unique vibe. We just got together and were nameless. We tried to come up with a name for something. But there were no suitable names.
Then I decided that everything should start with the first song. It was the track "We are the future"
And when the track was ready, I began to send it to my friends and collect feedback about the song. One of them, Thomas, said that the message of the song is quite inspiring. The so-called "morale raiser"
We decided that the phrase perfectly expresses the content of our music. Subsequently, this was reduced to Raizer and "s" replaced on "z"
to add sharpen and uniqueness.
What are your musical influences? What bands or artists inspired your latest single, "Hate?"
Anton Vladimirov: The biggest influence is, of course, Celldweller because it's just the combination of drive and lyrics that we like. Secondly, oddly enough, The Muse. Although it is closer to classical alternative rock, their melodies are close to me. And further down the list, of course, Prodigy, Pendulum. But this is more of an influence on the sound and arrangement than on the content and message.
I began to understand that the further you go into music and art, the further you need to try to get away from any influence. You need to find your own style. When you have created your own style, do not become held hostage to it. I hope we succeed. "Hate" does not have a significant influence on a band or artist. The track was inspired by a life story.
I had the pleasure of reviewing your latest album Resurrection, which was a dynamic approach to the electronic rock genre filled with atmospheric zest and elegance. How was this creative process different from this last album release?
Anton Vladimirov: First of all, thank you Sammie for the review and good rating, we really appreciate it! Now I try to abstract from the previous two albums. In order not to write copies of previous tracks, development and growth are important for me. Life helps me in this. Sometimes it seems to me that 2019-2022 were to change the world around and people as much as possible. The era of thinking where people quickly orientate themselves to incoming information and adapt. For me, these changes are a source of inspiration.
Now I've started to use the three-day production break more often. It helps immensely to get a fresh look at your music and ideas critically. Is it really worthy? Or does it go to the trash can? Of course, during this three-day break, you can work on other tracks.
Also, I bought my first analog synthesizer MFB, following Klayton's example. It transformed my workflow and changed my approach to sound. I also delved into the sound design of new sounds for future music.
We also changed our location, reflected in the music. So quite a lot of creative process changes. I hope all of them will benefit us and you will like the next album!
Lyrically speaking, what is "Hate" talking about here? While this song talks of having love/hate relationships, there is more intertwined with that. Can we talk about that more?
Anton Vladimirov: Oh sure, I try to create tracks with a message that I myself have experienced. This is a story I have experienced in the past. About a rather strange relationship where emotions go from hate to love, deception turned into global sincerity. Jealousy was the fuel for a person. It's like eating hot chili sauce all the time, a passion that can only be enjoyed occasionally. Not always! But it's possible that's just my experience. Whoever has been in such a relationship will understand me. It's like a dog whistle, haha. Although some believe that the track is related to politics, this is also the correct answer.
How has your music career shaped you as an artist and personally?
Anton Vladimirov: As an artist, I began to write more music for myself.
Before Raizer, I did a lot of ghost production. In many genres. From pop music and hip hop to house and super extreme metal. Learning these genres in the past helps now. I had to adapt to the artist and take into account hundreds of demands and take his place. I did it well. But now, I create my own image. The repertoire is very exciting and helps me understand myself better.
Of course, my FIXT label helps me a lot in this. I am very grateful to them! What they do for artists is unprecedented.
As a person, I began to feel in my place and became more harmonious and free. It made me more creative and inspired. I also became more responsible. I feel that people need new music from us, and I try to do my best to make them happy.
What is next for you guys this year? Is "Hate" a part of something bigger?
Anton Vladimirov: Of course, we have many surprises prepared for both listeners and ourselves. These are not only new tracks but also possibly new visual images and music videos. We are also preparing a new concert program for all the best songs over these years.
So the single "Hate" is just the first small step along the way to a full-fledged album, new gigs, and a new life!