Frontman Jamey Jasta had high ambitions for Connecticut hardcore rock troupe Hatebreed’s fourth and latest album, “Supremacy.”
“The whole creative process was different than any other record we’ve ever done,” explains Jasta, 29, who hosts MTV2’s “Headbanger’s Ball.” “Rather than fit lyrics over songs that we had compiled, we actually kind of created each song on its own, the words and music together.
“First and foremost, the music had to be completely pummeling and crushing and adrenalin-charged. If it didn’t give me a charge or get me pumped in any way, I wouldn’t try to put lyrics over it, whereas on past albums I might have.”
That direction was important to Jasta because the vocalist went through a prolonged down period before making “Supremacy.” Watching Hatebreed’s manager battle and finally succumb to brain cancer, he says, sent him into an emotional tailspin during which he considered leaving the group.
Jasta overcame it, however, and he wanted the songs on “Supremacy” to convey that experience.
“I wanted people to get more of a personal connection to this record,” he says, “and not just make another record like ‘Rise of Brutality,’ where we had these song ideas but it didn’t feel like it had this real emotional connection to it.
“On (‘Supremacy’), I wanted to really get deep into the catharsis of it, really get this stuff off my chest and use the music as therapy — and show the kids how they could use it like that, too.”
Hatebreed, Pittbull, H8 Inc. and the Alliance perform Monday (December 11th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18.50. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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