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Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 31st May 2016 by mickbirchy

Hatebreed
The Concrete Confessional
Hardcore Punk
Released: 13 May 2016
via Nuclear Blast Records

No matter how far away I get from heavy metal I always find that there are a few bands that drag me right back to headbanging and shouting until I have no voice.  Hatebreed are one of those bands.  No matter how long it is since I last listed to the genre, they always give me the one thing that I always look for in music in general.  Passion, integrity and kick ass music. The music of Hatebreed and I go way back now, I think their music is so ingrained into my psyche that I can’t actually turn my head when they bring out new material.  However, there is only one question to answer in this review.  Is this album, The Concrete Confessional better than their previous album The Divinity of Purpose.  The last album was so good and really cemented me as a true Hatebreed fan.

Well I’ll give it this…. There is certainly a more intense, almost overly aggressive, vibe to this. I mean all of Hatebreed’s albums are intense and in your face.  The Concrete Confessional however, is sharper and feels more direct. For the most part Jamey Jasta is quite creative with his wordplay and the language used in his albums.  Here there is more of a direct approach as if Hatebreed are directing their aggression right at the listener.  Some may think that this is antagonising and abrupt.  I think it’s a pretty bold way to get your point across.  Being that this is a very opinionated band, why hold back your though with metaphor and imagery when you can just say how you’re feeling right there and then. The album deals with heavy issues like social injustice, police brutality and drug abuse, so why hold back?

The music is just as direct.  With sharp consistent note changes and tight production the music stands as a way to punctuate the heavy subjects of the lyrics. Though I do feel that something is lost with this album.  I’m not finding it nearly as catchy or musically interesting as the previous records.  Nothing really sticks in your head at all, as if Hatebreed are laying it on a little too thick.  Think of the Hatebreed songs that you know, “Everybody Bleeds Now”, “Destroy Everything”, “In Ashes They Shall Reap” or even newer songs like “Honor Never Dies”, “Indivisible” or “Dead Man Breathing”.  They sticks in your mind because the music was creative and the lyrics catchy.  This album seems to be void of that, barring say a couple of songs “Looking Down the Barrel of Today” being a great example.  Even that only has one phrase though.  What I’m saying is I don’t think there’s a good compromise between the message they’re trying to deliver and the creativity needed to make compelling music.

Is this a good album? Yes absolutely, without question.  Is it Hatebreed? Yes, again it’s exactly what they wanted to give us.  Is it as good as The Divinity of Purpose, Perseverance or The Rise Of Brutality? No, I don’t think so.  The album is too far removed from what made those albums great. However, I’ll pose another question.  Was The Concrete Confessional meant to be a fun heavy metal album or was it meant to make you feel uncomfortable with the way you’re living?… Sure the band may say something in a press statement, but what a band says in interview and what they say on the record itself aren’t always the same thing.

4/5

Mick Birchall

Hatebreed to headline Impericon Festivals 2016

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 21st November 2015 by mickbirchy

For those about to mosh we salute you!

Metalcore giants HATEBREED have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2016 Impericon Festivals. Other names on the bill include Caliban Emmure, Northlane, Bury Tomorrow, Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, Hundredth, Any Given Day and Devil In Me.

The festival will take place across nine cities and six countries. Info and ticket information head over to www.impericon.com

IMPERICON FESTIVALS 2016: 

4.22.16            Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
4.23.16            Leipzig, Germany – Agra
5.01.16            Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
5.02.16            Manchester, UK – Academy
5.03.16            London, UK – 02 Forum Kentish Town
5.04.16            Paris, France – Les Docks De Paris
5.05.16            Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra
5.06.16            Vienna, Austria – Arena
5.07.16            Munich, Germany – Zenith

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta discusses returning to Bloodstock Open Air

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 28th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Hatebreed were recently announced to play Bloodstock 2014 and since the band were recently in the UK for the Vans Warped Tour, Nuclear Blast’s UK team decided to quiz frontman Jamey Jasta about his favourite memories from the band’s 2012 appearance at the renowned festival. The video interview can be viewed down below.

Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Tickets for 2014’s event are still on sale at special EARLY BIRD prices – a total snip at £115 for a 4-day weekend ticket with camping. There is only a limited number of early bird tickets left. When they’re gone, they’re gone, and tickets revert to full price! Get your tickets at this location.

With the three 2014 headliners already announced, the event is shaping up to be the strongest yet. Friday night’s bill toppers are New Orleans sludgemeisters, Down. Joining them to head up Saturday night are black metal overlords, Emperor and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, Megadeth. Also announced so far are Carcass, Hatebreed, Children Of Bodom, Decapitated, Lacuna Coil, Primordial, Amon Amarth, Obituary, Crowbar, Saxon, Prong, Flotsam & Jetsam and Evil Scarecrow. 

 

Hatebreed online:

http://hatebreed.com
http://facebook.com/hatebreed

 

Bloodstock Amon Amarth Exclusive!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19th November 2013 by Hannah

Bloodstock Open Air 2014 continue their run of amazing announcements with three more great bands added to the bill. Swedish melo-death giants Amon Amarth have been announced as filling the Sunday Special Guest slot, with their BOA performance a UK-exclusive show for the year. Joining them over the weekend will be metalcore stalwarts Hatebreed, returning after their triumphant 2012 performance, and Prong, who will be making their BOA debut performance. Running order is still unconfirmed as the BOA website is currently down for maintenance, but you can be assured as soon as we at Valkyrian HQ know the updated order of ceremonies we will let you know!

The date for the start of VIP Serpent’s Lair ticket sales has been confirmed as being the 16th of December, and ordinary weekend camping tickets are onsale now. BOA 2014 is looking to be an unmissable metal experience, with three solid headliners in the shape of Down, Emperor and Megadeth, and an array of fantastic bands during the weekend. Valkyrian will, as always, be in attendance and we hope to see you there!

Kataklysm announce UK & Eire tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following up from their intense main stage performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival, Montreal-based metal powerhouse Kataklysm have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland for January 2014. The quartet are also set to release their brand new album, Waiting For The End To Come, on 28th October, later this year via Nuclear Blast. The album was recording by the band’s guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by the renowned Zeuss (SuffocationHatebreedArsis). Vocalist Maurizio comments:

It´s been almost three years since our last club tour in Europe and we are so excited to come back and blow off the roof of every club next January & February. We’ve built an album that will stand the test of time and will need many headbangers, body surfers and mosh pits to give it justice and we are building a special show that you will never forget. This time, after almost a decade we have decided to tour the UK as well, after seeing the reactions at this years Bloodstock Open Air. There´s no doubt it´s time to come destroy. Raise your pints!

The full list of dates is as follows;
13.01.2014 UK London, Underworld
14.01.2014 UK Manchester, Sound Control
15.01.2014 UK Glasgow, Classic Grand
16.01.2014 IE Belfast, TBA
17.01.2014 IE Dublin, Button Factory
18.01.2014 UK Bristol, Bierkeller

Support comes from Italy’s death metal tyrants and label-mates Fleshgod Apocalypse, who are releasing their new album Labyrinth this week. The bill is completed by Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun.

Kataklysm online:

http://facebook.com/kataklysm 
http://twitter.com/kataklysmband 

 

The Antiquity – A Colossal Infliction of Hate

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 18th August 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

The Antiquity
A Colossal Infliction of Hate
Released: Summer 2013
Hardcore/Death/Groove Metal
Self Released

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Hailing from Scarborough, The Antiquity just recently released their EP, A Colossal Infliction of Hate, marking the first of what they have to offer to metal. This EP has 5 tracks, each of decent length and quality, and totals to a little over 15 minutes long. Upon listening to this EP, I am reminded of a lot of the hardcore/deathcore that is released here in the United States. It’s super monotonous with prepubescent vocals while each song replicates itself in style, guitar riffs, and vocally. With the exception of the monologue in the beginning track, Quarantine, and for a motorcycle revving up followed by a scream in the track BLASTthehorse, the entire EP sounds like one drawn out song.
There were a couple parts to A Colossal Infliction of Hate that I actually did enjoy, however. During certain songs, there would be parts that felt extremely groovy and it reminded me of bands such as Thy Will Be Done, Acaro, and Hatebreed. If more of these kinds of melodic riffs were added to this EP, it would’ve been much more enjoyable to listen to. While I’m not a fan of hardcore music, I felt that The Antiquity did a fantastic job of incorporating elements of hardcore along with the more death metal and groovy parts.

The biggest turn off for me was definitely the vocals. While I enjoyed the range of guttural to high pitched screaming, there were hardcore-styled vocals thrown into there, which are essentially similar to Jamey Jasta’s.  I understand that this is the way hardcore vocals are done, it just did not mix with the music at all. Had the vocalist just stuck to the guttural vocals with the occasional high pitched screaming, I feel the songs would have flowed more and wouldn’t have sounded so sporadic.

I personally would not be interested in regularly listening to this band since I’m not big into hardcore or deathcore, but I would highly recommend it to fans of either genre. I hope to hear more groovy riffs and a better vocal range from The Antiquity in the future, and this is just the beginning for these guys. Hopefully they develop more as musicians and put out a killer CD!

3.5/5

Lauren Gowdy

 

Kataklysm unveil artwork for upcoming album, titled Waiting For The End To Come

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Canandian death metal powerhouse Kataklysm have revealed the artwork for their upcoming release Waiting For The End To Come. The artwork, which was created by Peter Sallai (Sabaton), will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions of the new album, which is set to be released 28th October. Frontman Maurizo Iacono explains:

The new album art depicts a child, which represents innocence in humanity, covered in dirt and blood from life’s experience. In front of him is death represented by a reaper, who comes to claim his soul for the afterlife or the abyss, whichever way you want interpret what happens next. We leave it open to the fans to decide with their own beliefs. This depiction of the transition between life and death was made by Hungarian artist Peter Sallai, and will be on the standard CD jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.

Waiting for the End to Come was recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss (Suffocation, Hatebreed, Arsis).

Kataklysm are performing this weekend at the UK’s biggest independent metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, at Catton Hall, Derby. Kataklysm will be playing on Saturday on the Ronnie James Dio Stage.

Katakylsm online:

http://facebook.com/kataklysm

 

The Browning confirmed to play main stage at Germany’s With Full Force

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 14th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

The Browning have been confirmed for this year’s With Full Force festival, which takes place from 27th June to 30th June in Löbnitz, Germany. The band played their first ever European show at With Full Force in 2012, and will be retuning this year to take on the festival’s main stage on Sunday 30th June, joining a line-up that includes the likes of Slayer, Hatebreed, Korn, In Flames, Motorhead and more.

For tickets and more information about With Full Force, go to this location.

The Browning online:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBrowningOfficial
http://www.myspace.com/thebrowningproject

 

Butcher Babies release lyric video for I Smell A Massacre; New album out 22nd July

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Los Angeles based metal band Butcher Babies have released a lyric video for I Smell A Massacre, the lead track from their debut album Goliath, out 22nd July in Europe (digital only) and on 9th July in the US via Century Media Records. The video is premiering exclusively on the Monster Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s website, and comes on the heels of Monday night’s world broadcast premier by Jose Mangin on SiriusXM Liquid Metal.
Watch the video at this location or down below.

Goliath was produced by Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed). The results offer an undeniable mission statement to the metal community: forget everything you think you know about the Butcher Babies, because they’ve got their sights set to slay on Goliath.

Goliath track listing:

1. I Smell A Massacre
2. Magnolia Blvd.
3. C8H18 (Gasoline)
4. Grim Sleeper
5. Goliath
6. In Denial
7. Give Me Reason
8. The Mirror Never Lies
9. Dead Poet
10.The Deathsurround
11.Axe Wound

Butcher Babies online:

http://facebook.com/ButcherBabiesMusic
http://twitter.com/ButcherBabies

 

Deformation of Man – Self-Titled

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st May 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Deformation of Man
Self-Titled
Released 11 February, 2013
Groove Metal
Self Released

 

Hailing from Sheffield, Deformation of Man have come together to make hard-hitting metal that is loud and aggressive in every possible way. With the release of their self-titled debut album, they’ve compiled 10 tracks that are diverse in sound and will keep you headbanging whether you listen to it in the car, sitting at your computer, or even are your grandmother’s funeral.

What really impressed me most about this album were definitely the guitars. Melodic and groovy riffs are heard throughout every song which, to me, is important since all the songs didn’t sound like they ran together. Not only were they super catchy, they also were not overly technical. Technical metal has been on the rise lately so it’s nice to hear a band who keeps it simple but more importantly keeps it brutal.

A couple of my favorite tracks for me were Down in the Filth and Perfect Lie. These two songs had the most memorable riffs on the entire album. Both songs had awesome choruses and gave me the feeling of wanting to listen to more to the album. To be honest, I was not fully into this album when I first started listening to it, but as I listened to it more, it grew on me and I actually enjoyed it.

One flaw in this album though is definitely the vocals. To me, they seemed monotonous and would really sometimes drown out the rest of the music. If there were more high vocals added to this album, it would’ve made it that much better. The vocals are probably the reason why it took me longer to get into the album, and it’s not like the vocals were completely unbearable either. For some reason, bands with one-level vocals like Hatebreed make it harder for me to enjoy the songs.

However, I would say that is album is an overall hit. If you’re a fan of bands like Heaven Shall Burn, Hatebreed, or Thy Will Be Done, you will definitely enjoy this band and this album. The fact that the guitars sounded absolutely incredible on this album was enough to win me over, and I hope to hear more!

3.5/5

Lauren Gowdy

Deformation of Man online:

https://www.facebook.com/deformationofman

 

Huntress announce new album Starbound Beast

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Huntress are back with the follow up to their debut album Spell Eater, which was released in 2012. The album entitled Starbound Beast has been confirmed for release on July 1st in the UK via Napalm Records.

The artwork was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastdon). The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). In support of Starbound Beast the band will be touring across North America this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will play Download 2013 in June. More updates with regard to Starbound Beast will be issued soon.

Huntress online:

http://huntresskills.com
http://facebook.com/huntresskills
http://twitter.com/huntresskills

 

Hatebreed reveal new song Put It To The Torch on Impericon.com!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 14th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Put It To The Torch, the first single off Hatebreed‘s upcoming mosh feast The Divinity Of Purpose premieres today over on IMPERICON.COM. Click here to check out the official lyric video and to hear the track.

The Divinity Of Purpose marks the band’s first album for new label partners Nuclear Blast (Europe and more) and Razor & Tie (North America) and is touted to be their best effort since The Rise Of Brutality, bringing back the power of their legendary first three records! The album will be released January 28, 2013 in the UK.

Find Hatebreed online:
http://hatebreed.com
http://www.facebook.com/hatebreed
HATEBREED on Nuclear Blast

 

Gypsyhawk premier “Hedgeking” gutar and bass demo vid

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Gypsyhawk have launched a brand new guitar and bass demonstration video exclusively via GuitarWorld.com. In the video, fans can see exactly how Eric Harris, Andrew Packer, and Erik “Ron Houser” Kluiber perform the song Hedgeking, which is the first single from their sophomore album, Revelry & Resilience. Each instrument is simultaneously visible throughout as Packer and Kluiber trade solos and Harris rips through the song’s catchy melodic bass lines. The Hedgeking demonstration is streaming now here.

In other news, Gypsyhawk will be celebrating the release of their second album, Revelry & Resilience, with an in-store performance at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles, Calif. The album release party/performance is FREE and will be held on August 24th at 8:00pm. Additionally, ‘The Great Food Truck Race’-winning Grill ‘Em All truck will be serving their critically-acclaimed, metal-themed burgers before the show from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Gypsyhawk and Metal Blade invite all fans from the greater-LA area to help celebrate the release of Revelry & Resilience and crush some burgers!


Revisiting the electrifying sounds of bullshit-free 70s rock, Gypsyhawk are a breath of fresh air compared to the endless onslaught of breakdown-obsessed bands cluttering up heavy music. Marinating their wares in whiskey and weed, they hurl out blistering riffs and irresistible hooks and grooves, doing their damnedest to ensure that everyone at their shows is having as much fun as they are. With Revelry & Resilience, their second full-length and Metal Blade debut, this vibe bleeds from the speakers from start to finish, determinedly putting a smile on your face and compelling you to throw your hair around, no matter how much or how little you might have. “It’s music for girls to shake their asses to and dudes to bang their heads,” states vocalist/bassist Eric Harris. “It’s good-time rock and roll, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but at the same time we’re not one-dimensional ‘yeah-dude-let’s-party-all-the-fucking-time!’ guys, and I like to think there’s something for everyone in our music.”

Revelry & Resilience will be in stores on August 27th, 2012. Fans can pre-order the album and listen to the first single, Hedgeking, now at metalblade.com/Gypsyhawk.

Gypsyhawk will be performing as part of the Mayhem Festival Cruise alongside Lamb of God, Anthrax, Machine Head, Hatebreed, and their label mates Battlecross, plus many more from December 7th-December 10th. For the complete line up, information, and to book a room, visit mayhemcruise.com.