Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have also been considered part of the metal scene.
Hatebreed was formed in 1994 in Bridgeport and New Haven. They began by recording a three song demo and selling it to locals. Those three songs would eventually be released on a split seven-inch with New York's Neglect in 1995. They followed that up with the highly acclaimed EP Under the Knife scheduled to come out on Big Wheel Recreation in 1995 but then was self-released 1996, and went out on tour around the east coast/midwest with the UKHC band Voorhees. The following year they released Satisfaction is the Death of Desire on Victory Records, then the home of some of the biggest bands in American hardcore. Satisfaction sold more copies than any other debut in the history of the record company.
Tours with national heavy metal bands such as Slayer, Deftones, Entombed and Napalm Death influenced their music and brought them to the attention of many non-hardcore fans. These influences were apparent on the band's next two releases, 2002's Perseverance, and especially 2003's The Rise of Brutality.
After the release of The Rise of Brutality, the band took part in the 2004 Unholy Alliance tour in Europe with Slayer, Slipknot and Mastodon. In June, 2006, Hatebreed went on an extensive European tour which included a performance at the Download Festival in Donnington, UK. Immediately following this European tour, they played the main stage at Ozzfest 2006 alongside DragonForce, Lacuna Coil, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and co-headliners System of a Down.
The band's fourth album, Supremacy, was released in August, 2006, their first through Roadrunner Records, featuring new guitarist Frank Novinec (who had previously spent time playing with Ringworm, Terror, and Integrity). Jasta described it as an "all-out onslaught of completely adrenaline-charged, in-your-face brutality".
On September 13, 2006, former guitarist Lou Richards committed suicide at the age of 35; he had played on 1997's Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire and left the band in 2002.
Hatebreed headlined the second stage on the 2007 Ozzfest tour. Hatebreed appeared at Wacken Open Air festival in 2008 alongside Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, and Avantasia. In April 2008, Hatebreed signed a worldwide deal with Koch Records for the release of their live DVD, a live album, and a cover album entitled For the Lions, which was released on May 5. On September 2, they released their concert DVD, entitled Live Dominance. Artists covered included Metallica, D.R.I., Crowbar, and the Cro-Mags.
On February 9, 2009, guitarist Sean Martin quit the band. Sean quit the band to pursue other interests in music that are more studio-related. However, Sean remains close to and in contact with Hatebreed members.
Hatebreed's fifth studio album, entitled Hatebreed, was released September 29, 2009. In May 2009, the band also released For the Lions, a record consisting of covers of songs by artists that have influenced the band's development.
In 2010, Hatebreed participated in the third annual Mayhem Festival, alongside 3 Inches of Blood, Shadows Fall, and other bands. On February 17, 2011, it was announced that Hatebreed would partake in the fourth annual Mayhem Festival to yet again headline the Jägermeister stage for 3 dates only.
Their sixth studio album, The Divinity of Purpose, was released on January 25, 2013 in Europe and on January 29 in North America. The cover art was done by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom).
In December 2004 it was announced that Hatebreed was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 47th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for their song "Live for This", which appeared on their album The Rise of Brutality. The award was ultimately given to Motörhead for their cover of the Metallica song "Whiplash" which appeared on the Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute album.
Misidentification as White Power band
In a CNN article published on August 8, 2012, Hatebreed was accused of being a white power band in the aftermath of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, perpetrated by a white supremacist musician. The band disavowed any racist sentiments and expressed deep disappointment in the U.S. cable news channel on Twitter. CNN later became aware of the error, removed Hatebreed's name from the piece and apologized for the mistake.
Hatebreed is a longtime sponsor of UFC fighter Chris Camozzi. At UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16, 2013, Camozzi claimed he was required by the UFC "for some reason" to cover Hatebreed's logos, on his T-shirt and ring introduction banner, with black tape.
In 2016, former drummer Nick "Nickel P" Papantoniou (a member of the band from 1996 to 1997) was sentenced to 45 years in prison after being convicted of felony murder.
Musical style and influences
Hatebreed's musical style has been described as metalcore, hardcore, metallic hardcore and heavy hardcore. They are considered important to the development of metalcore, blending influences from hardcore and punk rock, as well as heavy metal subgenres such as thrash metal, alongside other bands in the 1990s metallic hardcore scene (such as Earth Crisis, All Out War, Integrity and Converge). They are also influenced by crossover thrash. Hatebreed themselves describe their style as 'hardcore metal', and frontman Jamey Jasta has also called it 'Celtic Frost hardcore'.
Hatebreed's influences include metal and hardcore bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Madball, Subzero, Agnostic Front, Napalm Death, Overkill, Cro-Mags, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Sepultura, Celtic Frost, Sick of It All, Mercyful Fate, Biohazard, Entombed, Motörhead and Sacred Reich.