Hatebreed will drop their first new album since 2016 later this year. In the meantime, you can get your head cut clean off with the band’s brand new song “When the Blade Drops” right now.
“This is just a taste of what’s to come and we’re definitely going hard on this one,” says frontman Jamey Jasta. “The speed, intensity, and brutality that people have come to expect from us is on full display. Can’t wait to play this one live and see the pit erupt.”
While we don’t know much about the new record yet, Jasta said that writing both his solo album and the new Hatebreed album helped him stay inspired. He also adds that the new Hatebreed album lives more in the realm of the band’s earlier records like 2002’s Perseverance and 2003’s The Rise of Brutality.
It’s helped me stay inspired and stay strong as far as all my vocal takes. When I finished the Jasta record a few months back, I kept tracking demos and kept tracking vocal ideas, just to keep my voice fresh. Then, when I got in for the Hatebreed record, I got all that other stuff out of my system — the really metallic, really heavy, really “melodic-meets-heavy” stuff out of my system.
Hatebreed can be very pure, straightforward hardcore, more in the realm of the Perseverance/Rise of Brutality era, with a little bit of the self-titled or and a little bit of Concrete Confessional in there. I think that helps to just keep the ideas flowing.
If I had something that was a fast hardcore part, I just put that in my folder filed under the new Hatebreed [material]. This way, I’m not trying to infuse any melody. I’m not trying to write these soaring hooks for Howard Jones, Dee Snider, Matt Heafy or Jesse Leach. It’s very meat and potatoes, East Coast hardcore that’s going to be on this new Hatebreed album, which I think is the best approach.
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