They’ve written some of the most punishing riffs in history, shared stages with everyone from Ozzy to Murphy’s Law and sold over 200,000 records, with virtually no promotion, prior to landing a major label deal. They’ve demolished recording studios, laid waste to hotel rooms and laid down the details of some truly hard times.
But make no mistake about it. Hatebreed isn’t a band. It’s a movement.
When they hit the road with iconic bands like Slayer or Murphy’s Law, when they’re featured in the pages of a slick magazine, or when a kid sees frontman Jamey Jasta hosting MTV2’s newly resurrected Headbanger’s Ball, it’s an epic moment for an entire community. And that’s because Hatebreed isn’t just representing themselves – they’re championing an international family of friends, bands, promoters, fanzines and kids. Hatebreed are the standard-bearer for a burgeoning underground hardcore scene: war-painted heroes charging forward into the mainstream with a pack of screaming soldiers behind them. Hatebreed is the collective voice of the others – the downtrodden, the dispossessed- holding the torch aloft for everyone who has ever been cast aside.
Kids come up to me at every show, all over the world – even in places where English isn’t the first language, Jamey says. I had kids in Greece crying, holding my hand, saying, I feel like you’re my brother. Kids have our lyrics tattooed on their bodies all over the world. The same kind of solidarity teenage headbangers experienced in early thrash, the sweaty catharsis punks embraced in Black Flag, today it lives and breathes in this band.
When I was a kid listening to records, that really was an escape for me, Jamey explains. I don’t really like to get too deep into personal stuff lyrically, but I get into it enough where it feels like anyone can interpret it the way they want to, and also feel what I’m going through. They feel the rage and the aggression that I want to get out during that particular song. The music allows me to talk about it as much as I want to, publicly, and get that closure. And reach other kids who rely on the music to get them through, just like I have – basically to try to give back what I have been given. And being able to do all that is the most rewarding thing.
Hatebreed wrote The Rise Of Brutality, their much-anticipated follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Perseverance, the same way they crafted their first demo in Connecticut nearly ten years ago – gathering in a basement and jamming, narrowing it down to just over thirty minutes of passionate, sing-along ready musical exorcism. The first time we jammed out Live for This and I sang it, I got chills, Jasta reports. I could just picture 4000 kids at Hellfest or Ozzfest just singing every word.
The band was determined to turn a corner with The Rise Of Brutality and yet equally intent on doing so without compromising or letting anyone down. The end result is an album that is filled with as many meditations on betrayal, bitterness and anger as calls for unity, solidarity and struggle. I’m never gonna be without something to sing about, promises Jasta. People say to me all the time, What do you have to be so angry about? It’s never gonna be totally good. That’s life. There’s always going to be negative and positive. That’s what our records represent. For every Live for This, there’s a ’doomsayer or a Call for Blood.
On this album, Sean’s guitars are more punishing than ever, Matt pummels his drums with heretofore un-charted abandon and Beattie’s bass lines rhythmically snake a path across any moshpit’s floor. Jasta’s throaty Molotov cocktails are barked more clearly than ever, The vocals are a little bit lower and the approach a little bit more in your face and maniacal, he says I also tried to enunciate more. He adds, We wanted to make this one a little more brutal than Perseverance but at the same time catchier. It’s a good balance. The band streamlined every song into a savagely potent, surgically precise and ferociously driving anthem without losing one drop of the band’s trademark bile. Conjuring walls of devastatingly crunching guitars and savage steamroller rhythms, the band mastered a formula that includes the best parts of death metal, thrash-punk and New York City style hardcore – something akin to Sick of It All in a backyard brawl with Slayer.
Hatebreed’s particular brand of balance means Jamey having to juggle leading a band, managing several up-and-coming acts, hosting a show for MTV, raising a family, running a label imprint and booking shows. It’s baffling how they can still find time to provide that much needed voice to their constituency, but they do. As You’re Never Alone proudly declared, this is for the kids who heave nowhere to turn. I had people within my closest circle of friends, when I played them that song, say to me, ’don’t you think that’s a little cheesy dude? Jamey says. But that’s how I feel. I don’t care who thinks it’s cheesy. I was one of those kids, when my father was locked away in the hospital and my mother was working at night, that’s what I did. I listened to hardcore.
I know there are a lot of kids that don’t have problems and they like Hatebreed, too, he concludes. I’m just trying to make music that’s fulfilling to me, but I definitely consider the people that rely on this stuff to maybe just get them through a traffic jam, or get them through a hard time, or maybe just give em a half-hour of enjoyment.
The Rise Of Brutality clocks in at 32 solid minutes of enjoyment, to be exact – as brief as many of the band’s favorite records from iconic bands in the heavy music lexicon – Slayer’s Reign in Blood chief among them. And like the road dogs they’ve proven to be, Hatebreed plans to take their latest musical sermon to the masses. Now is the time for their style of music, and as more and more bands from their ’scene continue to bubble up from the underground, they look to Hatebreed. They are the band whose leadership, passion and indestructible credibility sets the right example for fans and friends alike.
Check out the Hatebreed website for more.
Hatebreed : The Rise of Brutality track listing
Hatebreed’s new album, The Rise Of Brutality, debuts at #30 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 on the hard core music chart! This is Hatebreed’s highest debut ever!
Hatebreed : The Rise of Brutality lyrics
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Your chances of seeing Slayer & Hatebreed in their last shows of this tour are slim! There are tickets left only for Mesa, Seattle & LA. Don’t forget Hatebreed is doing a one off show in Chico with Arch Enemy and that Hatebreed will be crossing the US in December with friends Agnostic Front.
JAGERMEISTER TOUR w/ SLAYER, HATEBREED & ARCH ENEMY.
Nov. 20 – Mesa Amphitheater – Mesa, AZ.
Nov. 21 – 4th and B – San Diego, CA. – SOLD OUT – Hatebreed plays at 8:30pm
Nov. 22 – Brickworks – Chico, CA. w/ ARCH ENEMY & DECEMBER (Not a Slayer show. Tickets available at the door.)
Nov. 23 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA. – SOLD OUT – Hatebreed plays at 8:30pm
Nov. 25 – Moore Theater – Seattle, WA.
Nov. 26 – Roseland – Portland, OR. – SOLD OUT
Nov. 28 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA. – SOLD OUT
Nov. 29 – Universal Amphitheater – Los Angeles, CA.
In other Hatebreed news…
Hatebreed would like to sincerely thank everyone for the support they are getting at Metal/College radio. It’s the one month mark this week of being #1 across the board. Plus, Hatebreed reached 375 spins this week on FMQB. A year high and amazing feat overall. Thank you!
Rise Of Brutality is #148 on the top 200 this week!
Look for a short piece on Jamey Jasta and Headbangers Ball in next week’s Entertainment Weekly.
Hatebreed update from Jamey and the band
courtesy of hatebreed.com
Before we get into the real juicy stuff lets start by saying that our four small club shows last month were phenomenal!!! Seriously everybody, thank you. We had a blast. Both Long Island shows were marathon sets and a lot of people traveled from near and far to witness the mayhem. The shows in CT were the icing on the cake. To come back after having a sold out show at Toad’s in New Haven and then do two amazing shows at Empress was a dream come true. There were so many new and old faces and everyone seriously had the time of their lives. We are so thankful for everything that has been happening with this band and our new album. We consider ourselves to be very lucky and could not have achieved any of it if it weren’t for you people that continually support us.
Now onto the news, we know that there has been a considerable amount of rumors and speculation in regards our touring plans. There has been so much talk and we haven’t updated this site in over a month so we are very happy to announce that we will be headlining the next installment of the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour along side our friends in Damageplan, Drowning Pool & Unearth. We are also going to be on a big festival tour this summer. That tour will be officially announced this Friday 2/20. We seriously cannot wait to bring The Rise Of Brutality to the masses. We have received a lot of critical acclaim for this album and we have been sitting at home for over a month now but we have been busy working and we are all itching to hop back on the bus and devastate your cities. Although we have been writing yet another new album we promise you we are gonna do a lot of touring in support of T.R.O.B. and we promise you that our newer material DESTROYS everything that we have ever done. We have also confirmed a bunch of festivals in Europe, all the dates will be up on our message board as well as www.hatebreedtour.com
See you on the road! – Jamey & Hatebreed