Hatebreed: Now Is The Right Time For Hatebreed

There is a new Hardcore & Heavy Metal fan born every day.


The band which bears the crown and scepter as the foremost pioneer in hardcore, can only be hailed with one name: Hatebreed.

Musically they manage to audibly progress, yet still stay true to their self proclaimed concept, not losing an iota of their credibility. They garner a healthy following of fans due to their faerocious appetite for force, their advocacy for individualism and their empowering statements which prove just as important now to the thousands of new aspiring fans they gain everyday as they are to the Hatebreed veterans when first hurled from the protagonists mouth in 1994.

Metal As Fuck chats with Jamey Jasta; frontman for fierce engine Hatebreed about Soundwave, UFC and barking into mirrors...

Hatebreed has been in the industry for nearly 20 years, the band has accomplished a great deal. How do you view things at this stage? What keeps you motivated? “The one thing I’ve noticed is so many new kids getting into the music of Hatebreed; it’s the tenth anniversary of Perseverance which came out in 2002 and all these kids are discovering these old records. With the social media it’s all being discovered by a younger and hungrier generation. I believe there is a new hardcore and metal fan born every day; we want to be able to continue having the music of Hatebreed listened to for a long time, just like the masters like Motorhead, Slayer and [Black] Sabbath, that’s motivating”.

What does Hatebreed represent? “In the beginning Hatebreed represented individualism, free thought, the message of empowerment, over the years it has changed some, for instance the Persistence album represented the seriously hostile world around us, especially for metal heads, it captured the brutality and the state of the world, you know. 2003 we toured extensively through countries with so much poverty and Government corruption, Hatebreed has it’s means, it’s cleansing, empowering, it doesn’t get tiring, we love what we do, just some aspects can get changed with the times which is only natural”.

Hatebreed are very in touch with their fans, how important is this for you? “They have built us up; they are part of the rock you know, the institution so we want to be as accountable and accessible as possible to the Hatebreed fans. The Hatebreed Facebook page has 500,000 fans, I use to be a non believer in Facebook but ultimately it brings people together”. What are your thoughts of Congresses notion of the SOPA bill? “You know what; Governments are so sneaky, they always sneak in these laws like over the holidays when people aren’t paying attention to politics. We’re all just going to have to wait and see what happens”.

You are extremely versatile; three bands, each with their own vision, what inspires you personally as a musician after everything you have experienced and achieved? “I love the charge, the adrenalin, the chill I get down my spine when I hear a good riff or lyrics I bark at myself in the mirror a million times, I always call myself my own Drill Sergeant, it’s inspiring and this energy resonates in the music and onto the fans”. The three bands (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Icepick) your clothing line and a record label. How do you manage all this? “Last year I took a year off from the label, just due to the state of the record industry, it wasn’t inspiring, so much red tape behind the scenes, it was a nice change of pace to take a break – You know Kingdom of Sorrow hadn’t toured in a while and also in that time I brought out my solo album. The clothing line [Hatewear] is back to being online only, online only means there is no contracts, we can just sell directly to the customer. Also working on my MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] project, for MFC [Maximum Fighting Championship] teamed up with Brian Cobb to promote the Hatewear apparel, Brian is fighting for the Light Weight title this week. So we’re looking forward to having that off the ground”.

Stillborn Records – what interested you in owning and running your own record label? “In the beginning it seemed like a great idea to trade and distribute our music, we saw it as a DIY necessity. The albums began to sell, distribution companies took interest and got involved and that’s when shit changed. We’re just fortunate that we have people in the industry helping us out, good Indie labels that know how to go about things and have their heads in the right place. We work with Relapse Records, Shock in Australia, Century Media for Europe. I like not having to be the infrastructure; I’m just part of the machine”. 

I hear you began to self produce your own material? Learning the trade – what advantages does this have in your opinion as oppose to having a producer in the studio? “I’m more of a song writer in a sense, more so than a producer, you know if I want to mess with some knobs or take some midis out I’ll chat to the engineer, but it’s nice to be able to create a demo without a producer and when the demo is done, then I can call a producer to offer his opinion and advice”.

You have also made guest appearances on a hell of a lot of albums (Sepultura, Napalm Death, Winds of Plague) you’re in popular demand. [Laughs] “Yeah, I was making guest appearances for a while there; I think my last was Acacia Strain [Wormwood released 2010] it shakes things up a bit, contributing to other music expands my own inspiration in a way, I have a few guest spots allocated for 2012 also”.

Hatebreed are no strangers to heavy touring – Australian shores next month for Soundwave. Not to mention the sidewaves with Biohazard, Raised Fist & Cro-Mags. “Oh yeah we can’t wait for Soundwave, the weather over here is below 70, I’m definitely ready to follow the sun. Australia has always been so good to us”. I regaled Jamey with Hatebreed’s last Australian tour in 2010 with Machine Head & Bleeding Through, which ended up having members of Hatebreed and Bleeding Through stage diving into the pit through Machine Heads set. “No, no I didn’t actually go for a surf, really great show though, we got a hell of a lot of new fans from that show, fans who have stated they will be coming to check us out at Soundwave because of it. It’s a good feeling. In fact I don’t think we’ve ever put on a lame show in Australia”.

And you begin the Lamb of God tour in March 2012? “Yeah we’re heading to South America with Lamb of God while they promote their album Resolution, been to South America twice so far, both Brazil & Argentina are amazing countries and we’re looking forward to going back. The tour also includes shows in Mexico and Ecuador so that’s definitely something new”.

So the last album from Hatebreed was Hatebreed (2009) what is in store for Hatebreed for 2012? Will there be a new album coming out in the near future? “Yeah definitely, there are a lot of ideas so far for the new material. The last album came out in 2009; it’s just passed the two year mark since the self titled release, now it feels like the right time to bring out a new Hatebreed album”.