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Hatebreed at Elbriot 2017
Hatebreed at Elbriot 2017
Background information
OriginBridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active1994–present
  • Jamey Jasta
  • Chris Beattie
  • Matt Byrne
  • Frank Novinec
  • Wayne Lozinak
Past members
  • Larry Dwyer Jr.
  • Dave Russo
  • Nick "Nickel P" Papantoniou
  • Matt McIntosh
  • Jamie "Pushbutton" Muckinhaupt
  • Rigg Ross
  • Lou "Boulder" Richards
  • Sean Martin

Hatebreed is an American Hardcore band from Bridgeport, Connecticut, formed in 1994. The band released its debut album Satisfaction is the Death of Desire in 1997, which gave the band a cult following. The band signed to Universal Records and released Perseverance in 2002, which hit the Billboard 200. Combining elements of Punk and Heavy Metal, the band is often described as a Metalcore, Hardcore Punk, and Crossover Thrash band. They have played a major role in the Connecticut hardcore scene.


Hatebreed was formed in 1994 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They began by recording a three song demo and selling it to locals in 1995 and those songs would eventually be released on a split 7" with New York's Neglect in the same year. They followed that 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 supporting UKHC band Voorhees.[1] 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 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 Castle Donington, 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".[2] 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 a live DVD, a live album, and a cover album. On September 2, they released their concert DVD, entitled Live Dominance.[3] On February 9, 2009, guitarist Sean Martin quit the band.[4] 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.

In 2009, the band released For the Lions on May 5, a studio record consisting of covers of songs by artists that have influenced the band's development. Artists covered included Metallica, D.R.I., Crowbar, and Cro-Mags.[5] Also in the same year, Hatebreed's sixth studio album, entitled Hatebreed, was released on September 29.

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 three dates only.[6] Hatebreed also got to play on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour in Australia alongside bands like Parkway Drive, The Offspring, Simple Plan, The Used, We Came as Romans, Man Overboard, H2O and many more, as well as the United Kingdom Warped Tour alongside Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against, Enter Shikari, Flogging Molly, Like Moths to Flames, The Wonder Years, Sublime with Rome and much more.

Hatebreed performing in 2016

Their seventh 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).[7] Hatebreed released its eight album, The Concrete Confessional, on May 13, 2016. Hatebreed was also announced to take part on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, as they appeared on the Monster Energy Stage alongside other bands like Gwar, CKY, Carnifex, Municipal Waste, After the Burial, Silent Planet, Anti Flag and many more groups rounded out the lineup. After touring the early part of 2019 with Obituary, Cro-Mags, Terror, and Fit for an Autopsy, Jamey Jasta said the band would spend the second half of 2019 writing and recording a new album.[8]

The band's ninth studio album Weight of the False Self was released on November 27, 2020.[9][10] In the summer of 2021, Hatebreed, along with Trivium, served as an opening act for Megadeth and Lamb of God on the "Metal Tour of the Year". Hatebreed replaced In Flames, who were forced to withdraw from the tour due to international visa issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]

Hatebreed is currently working on a new album, which is tentatively due for release in 2024 or 2025.[12][13]

Grammy nomination[edit]

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",[14] 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 album Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute.


In the mid-1990s, vocalist of emoviolence band In/Humanity Chris Bickel produced a zine calling out Victory Records for their business practices. Bickel attended a Hatebreed show and was quickly surrounded by the band, which threatened him with violence and called him homophobic slurs. After the show, frontman and vocalist Jamey Jasta declared himself a homophobe and again threatened Bickel with violence in a voicemail.[15] In/Humanity played this voicemail to open their shows, and when Hatebreed played In/Humanity's hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, between-song banter included their hatred of Bickel and his band.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] That conviction was overturned in January 2023 when it was discovered by Attorney James Ruane and proven at trial that Papantoniou's trial attorney had brokered a deal with the prosecution on behalf of another client to testify against Papantoniou and that deal was never disclosed to the court or Papantoniou. The court found Papantoniou's original attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel and reversed the finding and ordered a new trial to occur.[19]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Combining hardcore with heavy metal,[20] Hatebreed's musical style has been described as metalcore[21][20][22] hardcore punk,[23] and Crossover Thrash.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[20] and groove metal,[24] alongside other bands in the 1990s metalcore scene (such as Earth Crisis, All Out War, Integrity and Converge).[25] They are also influenced by crossover thrash.[26] Jasta has also called Hatebreed 'Celtic Frost hardcore'.[27]

Hatebreed's influences include metal and hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front, Carcass, Celtic Frost, Earth Crisis, Entombed, Integrity, Killing Time, Metallica, Obituary, Pantera, Sepultura, Sheer Terror, Sick of It All and Slayer.[27][28]

Band members[edit]



Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Live for This Best Metal Performance Nominated

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Hatebreed Best Live Band Nominated

Loudwire Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Hatebreed Death Match Hall of Fame Won


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