HATEBREED BAND PAGE
Formed in Connecticut, in November 1995, HATEBREED have
quickly become one of the highest selling acts in the history of hardcore
music. 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
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
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.
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