For the Lions

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For The Lions
Studio album by Hatebreed
Released May 5, 2009
Recorded Late 2008 – early 2009
Genre Heavy metal
Length 48:02
Label Koch
Producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris
Hatebreed chronology
For the Lions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

For the Lions is a cover album by American Metalcore band Hatebreed. The album was released on May 5, 2009 through Koch Records.[1] The album consists of 18 cover songs from bands that had an influence on Hatebreed's music. The album was originally set to be released in winter 2008, but the band wanted to record a few more tracks for the record, and so the release date was pushed back.[2]


Starting on March 31, Hatebreed released a new single from For the Lions for purchase on iTunes every Tuesday until the album was released.[1] The first single released was the cover of Black Flag's "Thirsty and Miserable". This single was followed by Suicidal Tendencies' "Suicidal Maniac", Sick of It All's "Shut Me Out", Slayer's "Ghosts of War", and finally Metallica's "Escape".[1] Hatebreed also filmed a music video for their cover of "Ghosts of War".[3] A video for "Thirsty and Miserable" was also filmed.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
1. "Ghosts of War" Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman Slayer (1988) 4:00
2. "Suicidal Maniac" Rocky George, Mike Muir Suicidal Tendencies (1987) 3:06
3. "Escape" James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett Metallica (1984) 4:38
4. "Hatebreeders" Glenn Danzig Misfits (1982) 2:51
5. "Set It Off" Freddy Cricien Madball (1994) 2:37
6. "Thirsty and Miserable" Dez Cadena, ROBO Black Flag (1981) 2:21
7. "All I Had I Gave" Kirk Windstein, Matt Thomas, Todd Strange, Craig Nunenmacher Crowbar (1993) 3:15
8. "Your Mistake" Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma Agnostic Front (1986) 1:43
9. "I'm In Pain" Trevor Peres, Donald Tardy, John Tardy Obituary (1992) 4:11
10. "It's the Limit" John Joseph, Harley Flanagan Cro-Mags (1986) 1:40
11. "Refuse/Resist" Max Cavalera Sepultura (1993) 3:07
12. "Supertouch/Shitfit" H.R., Dr. Know Bad Brains (1982) 2:21
13. "Evil Minds" Kurt Brecht Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (1985) 0:57
14. "Shut Me Out" Lou Koller, Pete Koller Sick of It All (1992) 2:14
15. "Sick of Talk" John Brannon Negative Approach (1982) 0:38
16. "Life Is Pain" Jorge Rosado Merauder (1995) 3:21
17. "Hear Me" John Porcelly, Mike Ferarro Judge (1989) 1:54
18. "Boxed In" Lou Di Bella, Larry Susi, Rich Kennon, Jim Eaton Subzero (1997) 2:59
Total length: 48:02

Best Buy Exclusive Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
19. "I, Spoiler" Paul Bearer, Mark Neuman Sheer Terror (1991) 2:01
20. "To the Threshold (Live in Dallas)"   Hatebreed (2006) 2:31
21. "Destroy Everything (Live in Dallas)"   Hatebreed (2006) 4:07
22. "Defeatist (Live in Dallas)"   Hatebreed (2006) 2:40
23. "The Most Truth (Live in Dallas)"   Hatebreed (2006) 2:40

Critical reception[edit]

Initial reviews have been positive. Music review blog Gears of Rock said the band "diligently delivers all classic tracks with their signature blistering ferocity."[5]


Chart Peak Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 88


  • Jamey Jasta – vocals
  • Frank Novinec – guitar
  • Chris Beattie – bass guitar
  • Wayne Lozinak – guitar
  • Matt Byrne – drums
  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris


  1. ^ a b c "HATEBREED To Release 5 Consecutive Digital Singles From Forthcoming Covers Album" Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  2. ^ "HATEBREED: 'For The Lions' European Release Date Announced" Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  3. ^ "HATEBREED To Film Video For Cover Of SLAYER's Ghosts Of War" Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Koch Rechords (July 15, 2009). "Hatebreed "Thirsty and Miserable"". YouTube. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Review: Hatebreed – For The Lions [2009]". Gears of Rock. May 4, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2011.