Interview with Peter of Hypocrisy
Interview conducted 3/30/2006 (I think that was the tour's date)
Interview and live shots by Michael F. Coles
This interview was pretty short, to say the least, but it was an interesting one. When I think about Peter's replies on Satanism, God, money making religions, etc., I see he is no different as I was in my past; a pissed off human angry at the humans who take advantage of others in the name of God (good).
As I have mentioned before in other interviews or articles, what better way for Satan to destroy the good in the world than to use that good's name to make people think that good is actually evil? If I were the devil, deceit would be my favorite tool in order to destroy the good in this fallen world.
Another thing that baffles me, if Peter claims that he isn't a Satanist, why sing about such topics or have satanic imagery? Why would he choose to sing about things he does not believe in? I guess I'll just have to ask him if I ever get to speak with him again.
One of the reasons why I chose to and started interviewing Christian and Satanic bands in my 3rd issue (and so forth) and play the devil's advocate is so I could question what these individuals preached. One of the biggest issues I have with most of these so called satanic bands that preach and have this satanic image do not even believe in what they preach, so why preach such nonsense? Too sell more records; too be "cool?" I'll never understand this "sheepish" mentality that these so called Satanists have and are so against when they speak negative about us Christians and our "sheepish" mentality for following our shepherd the Lord Jesus Christ. As I have mentioned before, WE are ALL following something or someone whether we want to admit it or not!
The Outcast: Obviously from some of your lyrics and imagery, what are your opinions on religion?
Peter: It's a money making thing, you know? That's what it's all about. I really don't care for that, I am my own God. I'll choose my own path.
The Outcast: What about the ones that actually use the money to help the poor and who go on mission trips in the name of God?
Peter: That's good, but there aren't very many people like those, you know?
The Outcast: Would you consider yourself a Satanist?
Peter: No, a hedonist.
The Outcast: So you do not believe that Satan and God are actual beings?
Peter: No. I just think that there are bad and good things in life. A lot of people always want to say that this is God's work, or this is Satan's work or whatever, you know, but it's like water, there's cold water and there's warm water, that's how I see it.
The Outcast: Do you believe that Metal is the devil's music?
Peter: It could be. For me I just see it as a voice of expressing my self.
The Outcast: What do you think about Christian Metal bands?
Peter: I don't care for that.
The Outcast: Do you think it is a contradiction?
Peter: I just think they are confused.
The Outcast: You're walking down the street and a Christian walks up to you and hands you a flyer that reads; "Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart?" and begins to talk to you about his beliefs, do you;
A) Calmly tell him sorry but you have different beliefs and begin to talk about each others beliefs over a nice hot cup of coco.
B) Walk away and say nothing.
C) Tell him to fuck off and die.
Peter: Probably fuck off and die.
The Outcast: Do you not have any patience for people?
Peter: I don't like it when people waste my time.
The Outcast: Going back to lyrics, do you think that by listening to lyrics about death, destruction, gore, Satan, the death of all that is holy, sexual contents, etc.... can influence someone's state of mind? Maybe making their lives/moods/state of mind a bit negative because they're exposed to it everyday if they're heavily into a style of music that tends to talk about negative subjects?
Peter: Um, maybe people with weak minds. Its more stories, people telling stories that they want people to hear, you know? For me when I write lyrics it's more to tell stories, you know, my opinions or things that I find interesting.
The Outcast: I was going to ask you how the whole God, Satan, and alien's all come together in what you believe in, but since you do not believe in God or Satan, do you actually believe in aliens?
Peter: Well, I believe we got planted on this earth. I don't think we started swimming and crawled out and started walking and shit like that. We more or less got planted here and every 100 years or 200 years they fly by and see how much we destroy, I think, you know?
The Outcast: Like we're toys almost?
Peter: Like Men in Black.
The Outcast: How they had the universe in a little ball and they recreated the world (not really knowing what to say after that).
Peter: Yeah, yeah.
The Outcast: You were asked in an interview; "What's your position about mankind?" and you replied; "I think there's a fucked up situation. We are destroying everything." If you have this concern, why not sing about these topics instead of Satan, death, etc.?
Peter: I've done that, but I don't want to be a preacher though, you know? I want to do easy going kind of lyrics, you know?
The Outcast: What do you hope to find after death? Do you think you'll find the people that have passed on as well?
Peter: Happiness, I don't know. I think we get brainwashed, get thrown back in and then come out 9 months later and then we have no clue that we lived before.
The Outcast: Well man, I'm going to go ahead and cut it off here. I appreciate the interview.
Peter: Me to, thank you.