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We live in a world and a time where the rules and expectations of our lives are being redefined, and how each one of us handles those changes will determine our success in life.  A number of the songs on Hatebreed’s upcoming album, The Concrete Confessional, carry this overall theme, in one way or another.   The band’s lyricist, Jamey Jasta, has been vocal about his personal frustrations that are explored on the new album, and on this new video clip  he discusses the inspirations behind the album’s first four tracks.

According to Jasta, “‘A.D.’ was the track from the get, what we knew was strong, it was fast, it was brutal, it had that quality that you want for the opening track on a album.”  The song comes with the hard message of the destruction of the middle class and the American Dream that we were promised as kids.  And what are we going to do about that for the next generation?

With the song “Looking Down the Barrel of Today,” Jasta explains, “The day is either going to control you or you are going to control it.  You’re either holding the barrel or you’re getting it pointed at you.  I thougt it was a great second track just to keep that flow.  Really heavy, really fast, right out of the gate.”

The album’s third song, “Seven Enemies,” is a take on the Seven Deadly Sins that pretty much every religion has in its doctrine.  “A lot of those things lead to destructive lifestyle patters,” Jasta says.  “People gravitate toward their vices and sins and it dooms them…and then that starts affecting the people around them  It’s a short, heavy song, and we know that the pit will erupt when we get it into the set.”

With “In The Walls,” Jasta channels his personal experiences with night paralysis and night terrors, and the fear that one might be losing one’s mind.  “It’s something different for us, but it’s also really a fast, heavy, hardcore track, that reminds me of old-school Hatebreed.”

The Grammy-nominated Hatebreed – vocalist Jamey Jasta, guitarists Wayne Lozinak and Frank Novinec, bassist Chris Beattie and Matt Byrne on drums, worked again with long-time producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel) on The Concrete Confessional, the band’s seventh full-length recording.   Wrapping up their European tour this weekend, Hatebreed will kick off their North American tour on Friday, May 13 in Cleveland, OH, the day The Concrete Confessional is released.  Confirmed dates are below.


6   Arena, Vienna, Austria*

7   Zenith, Munich, Germany*

* Impericon Festival date


(North American headline tour)


13   The Odeon, Cleveland, OH**

14   The Metro, Chicago, IL**

15   Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE**

16   The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO**

17   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT**

19   Regency Center Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA**

20   Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA**

21   The Glass House, Pomona, CA**

22   Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA**

23   The Marquee, Tempe, AZ**

25   Warehouse Live, Houston, TX**

26   Republic New Orleans, New Orleans, LA**

27   Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas, TX**

28   Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK

29   River City Rockfest, San Antonio, TX

31   The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA**



1   Hooligans Music Hall, Jacksonville, NC**

2   Baltimore Sound Stage, Baltimore, MD**

3   Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA**

4   Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ**

5   Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada+

6   The Opera House, Toronto, Canada+

7   Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale, PA+

8   Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY+

9   Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT+

10   Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI+

11   Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT+


** Devil You Know supports

+ Act of Defiance supports



16   Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

17   Hellfest, Clisson, France

18   Fete De La Musique, Geneva, Switzerland



2   With Full Force Festival, Roitzschjora, Germany

3   Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland

8   Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain

9   Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany

12   Festival de Quebec, Quebec City, QC

13   Mavericks, Ottawa, ON

15   Chicago Open Air, Chicago, IL



13   Dirt Fest, Crofoot Festival Grounds, Pontiac, MI

26   Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany

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