Formed in 1994, Hatebreed is a hardcore metal band from New Haven, Connecticut. Similar bands include Pantera, Slayer, and Anthrax. Their style resembles the groove metal that developed in the late 1990s. Hatebreed’s music characterizes itself with heavy vocals and driving guitar riffs. The group began with Jamey Jasta, Dave Russo, Chris Beattie, and Larry Dwyer. The group underwent member changes; yet, continue to perform and record music.
In 1995, Hatebreed recorded their first demo and released it to their small following. After performing in the Connecticut area, they released Neglect followed by, “Under the Knife”. The song became a success and scored them a deal with Victory Records, who at the time represented most metal bands. This led to their first major album, Satisfaction. The record received critical acclaim and became one of Victory Record’s top sellers. Hatebreed followed by touring with Deftones, Slayer, and Entombed to promote their new album.
In 2002, the band released their next album, Perseverance. It received critical acclaim but not much commercial success. The record marked a break from their original style and move towards a heavier dark sound. Their follow-up album, The Rise of Brutality stayed in the same vein and received modest success. Afterwards, Hatebreed went on an international tour to promote their new music. The group toured throughout the UK, making stops at the 2006 Download Festival.
The same year, Hatebreed dropped their anticipated fourth album, Supremacy. The music featured Frank Novinec and released before former guitarist Richards committed suicide. In 2007, the group went on tour promoting their new album, perfoming at Ozzfest and Wacken Open Tour. After releasing their previous record through RoadRunner the band signed with Koch records. Afterwards, they released a DVD titled, For the Lions and the next year Sean Martin quit the band.
In 2009, Hatebreed released their self-titled album. The record received modest success and came during a transition period for the band. After taking breaks and playing random tours the band released, The Divinity of Purpose in 2013. Hatebreed followed by touring and promoting their new album. They are currently on a worldwide tour making stops in Munich, Germany and Dornbirn, Austria.