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Social Sundays | LEFT HAND PATH: a new extreme metal bar in Copenhagen

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This Sunday we are welcoming music company director, metal musician and metalhead Michael Hvolgaard Andersen who recently opened LEFT HAND PATH, a new extreme metal bar in Copenhagen.

LEFT HAND PATH is a small underground bar that will focus on the harder and extreme metal genres like death metal, black metal, doom metal, thrash and the raw and dirty sides of heavy metal. And decorated with special items from the last 30 years – such as rare demo tapes, 7″ EPs, posters and flyers from the underground metal scene. It will be the place for metal release parties, pre- and afterparties, and a general gathering place for an audience that misses the opportunity and place to hang out to enjoy the metal’s extreme genres and lifestyle.

Welcome to Metal Digest Michael, it’s good to speak with you again.

  • Please tell us how this project was created and how did you set up the business structure for a metal bar in Copenhagen.

MHA: Actually, I got the idea prior to the covid pandemic, but due to covid we had to put it on hold for a few years. We already run Zeppelin Rock Bar in Copenhagen, a bar specialized in rock and hard rock and before covid, it started going really well with this bar, so we wanted to expand with an actual extreme metal bar, a dream I had for many years has now come true with Left Hand Path.

  • You are a busy, busy man! Running your own massive company, running a bar and being a musician on the side… Do you ever get to sleep? How do you manage your time to make sure you are on top of everything?

MHA: I do not consider myself a busy man, but I do consider myself an entrepreneur who takes action on things and not just talk.

Plus, I consider myself privileged to be working with a great team of experienced people. I’ve been in the music business for 30 years now, started up in 1991/1992, so I’ve been around the block. But as long as my health, both mentally and physically allows it, I have no plans to cut down on any of my businesses.

  • What’s going on at LHP at the moment?

MHA: We opened up Left Hand Path a month ago and so far, it has gone really, really well. It definitely feels like there was a lack in Copenhagen for a bar like ours. Currently, I am placing old underground metal flyers and promo photos from the 90s in frames and look forward to decorating the bar even further with this.

  • Many people often misunderstand the name due to the ‘satanic meaning’ of the words. Would you like to set the record straight? Also, how do you deal with such misconceptions in the metal music industry?

MHA: Left Hand Path is simply choosing your own way in life and not following what everyone else is doing and it is the title of one of the most iconic death metal albums ever, by Entombed, so what is not to like? I am not a satanist, but I believe in choosing your own path and staying true to yourself. 

At the age of 46, a lot of terms in Satanism still appeal more to me than Christianity, but I have no God, expect myself.

  • I hear that you collaborated with a local brewery to create your own house beer. How involved where you in the creative process?

MHA: We had other breweries in mind, as I have worked with several microbreweries the last decade, but this time we wanted to try something different and more “metal”. Dry And Bitter is a brewery that also works with Metal Magic Festival and Extremely Rotten and Killtown events, so it was a no-brainer and the final result is absolutely killer.

  • What are the most important criteria to pick your team?

MHA: I find myself enjoying the professional company and competences of men who are from their mid 30s and older with a background in culture, music and metal close to my own. The team I work with these days I see as equals. Not employees. If I one day need younger people to tell me how to run my own business because I lost track of things, I will hand over the company to the next generation.

  • What’s the one value you want to pass on to our readers?

MHA: Trust in yourself (also a song title by Mike Tramp, I know), but it is the truth.

Thank you for being on METAL DIGEST

LEFT HAND PATH, Vesterbrogade 45, sttv, 1620 København V., Denmark
www.lefthandpath.dk / facebook.com/lefthandpathcph

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