Over the span of 20+ years, Connecticut metalcore/hardcore veterans Hatebreed have always embodied and channeled the spirit of overcoming obstacles and belief in yourself better than almost any band out there. 7 full-lengths, multiple Warped Tour stints, and even a cover album paying tribute to their musical heroes is just about all you can ask for from a band that’s been around as long as Hatebreed has. And given how good they still are (2016’s The Concrete Confessional was another rock solid release in their catalogue), Hatebreed’s music is more relevant than ever.
I recently talked to bassist Chris Beattie in July about the band’s history, playing to new crowds, and even the 20th anniversary of their landmark debut, Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire. Perhaps the band is plotting something special surrounding the album? Find out below. (Editor’s note: the celebration of the aforementioned album appears to be confirmed on The PRP as well.)
“If you see something, say something”. That’s essentially the message that Baltimore, Maryland thrashy punk band War On Women brought to the table all summer on the Vans Warped Tour, providing a powerful catalyst for social change through 25-30 minutes of absolutely plastering music. Now that the run is over, what’s next for the band? The mission continues.
Part of the Safer Spaces initiative this summer as well, I talked with War On Women frontwoman Shawna Potter about hate speech, politics, and of course, the band’s message they’re bringing to the table. Check it out below.
Fifteen plus years into the band’s career, post-hardcore veterans Silverstein just aren’t letting up at all, both in relative heaviness as well as general quality. While bands they’ve toured with are either not as relevant or just aren’t around anymore, the quality of even Silverstein’s recent discography is something to truly behold. Their new album Dead Reflection carries on that tradition, being both punchy and pensive, usually simultaneously.
We talked to Silverstein vocalist Shane Told about the band’s new album, their anniversary tour for Discovering The Waterfront, and even his podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome (a recent episode with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, you can find below). Check it out.
If you look back at the state of deathcore in 2007 compared to where it is in 2017, you’ll notice a few different themes. Many of the more prominent bands of that era aren’t around anymore (TTEOTD, Underneath The Gun, Suffokate), are still around but radically changed their sound for better or for worse (Bring Me The Horizon, Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy, Suicide Silence), or are still flying the metaphorical flag of the genre. Despised Icon and Carnifex in particular fit this category (even though the former isn’t really deathcore to some people) quite well, and the latter continues to get better with each album – culminating in 2016’s career highwater mark Slow Death. Boasting the highest first-week chart numbers of Carnifex’s career to date, it’s an album that revels in incredible musicianship as much as it does continuously evolving songwriting.
It even helped land the band a spot on the Vans Warped Tour this year, and though it just ended, it’s clear that the best is yet to come for Carnifex. I caught up with vocalist Scott Ian Lewis to discuss the band’s early days, their continuous musical evolution, and what it was like soldiering on despite being torn apart on tour by Obituary fans. Check it out below.