Hatebreed: The Hardocore Heavyweights Return to Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz
It’s six or seven months before what is quickly becoming Hatebreed’s
annual tradition of playing the OZZfest tour--although the band is not confirmed
for this year’s installment--but Hatebreed will return to Chicago when
the “Heavyweights of Hardcore 2” tour hits Chicago on Jan. 7 at
House of Blues.
Hatebreed--Jamey Jasta (vocals), Sean Martin (guitar), Chris Beattie (bass)
and Matt Byrne (drums)--has garnered success across the world with its aggressive
style of heavy rock. The band’s rampant, though mostly underground, roots
earned the band a coveted spot on the OZZfest tour, and the band has quickly
become respected second-stage veterans. Hatebreed co-headlined the OZZfest 2004
tour’s second stage with Iowa-based 9-piece Slipknot, a slot that is sure
to gain the band an even larger fan base.
The band’s singer, Jamey Jasta, has also hosted MTV’s recent reincarnation
of “Headbanger’s Ball,” a show that typically features music
videos of only heavy rock and metal acts, acts that typically don’t get
spins on MTV’s regular programming. Jasta also appears during this season’s
“Battle for OZZfest” show when the show’s crew rolls through
the Albuquerque, N.M. stop on last year’s tour. In the episode, Jasta
reminded the show’s cast, a group of mostly twenty-somethings vying for
a spot a second-stage slot on OZZfest 2005, that bands like Black Sabbath, Judas
Priest, among others, paved the way for all up-and-coming heavy rock acts, including
his band Hatebreed.
Released in October of 2003, “Rise of Brutality,” the band’s
most recent work, clocks in as one of the hardest hitting 30-minutes of heavy
rock imaginable, with slashing guitars and Jasta’s brash lyrics. Hatebreed’s
in-your-face style of music may shake the timid, but Jasta’s lyrics are
often intelligent, poignant and inspirational. Such is the case with “This
Is Now” and the lyrics: “But this is now / How can I can change
tomorrow if I can’t change today / This is now / If I control myself I
control my destiny.” Other tracks such as “Facing What Consumes
You,” “Choose or Be Chosen” and “Another Day, Another
Vendetta” are sure to be crowd favorites.
House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are
listed for $15 each, with show time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For more information
on Hatebreed log on to www.hatebreed.com.
||Photo: c/o Universal Records