HATEBREED (1994–PRESENT). Jamey Jasta (vocals), Frank Novinec (guitar), Sean Martin (guitar), Chris Beattie (bass), Mat Byrne (drums).
Hatebreed are one of the most popular of the hard and heavy bands to come out of the new hardcore scene and have evolved into an amalgam of heavy metal, hardcore punk, and screamo. The band was started by Jasta in 1994 and was supposed be a straight-ahead hardcore punk band, but as the hardcore and metal scenes had merged to a certain degree in the late eighties, the band ended up playing a more metallic form of hardcore with longer solos and grunted vocals.
The first two split 7-inch records are the most punk, and the band grew a keen metallic sheen by the late nineties. While many bands play in the style that Hatebreed helped to distill, they remain one of the best of the punk/metal hybrids to this day and high-profile slots, such as Hatebreed’s headlining of the second stage at Ozzfest in 2007, indicate how accessible their sound was to both punk and metal fans. Sadly, former guitarist Lou Richards killed himself in 2006 at the age of 35.
Discography: Split 7” with Neglect (Stillborn Records, 1995); Split 7” with Integrity (Stillborn Records, 1995); Under the Knife (Smorgasbord Records, 1996); Satisfaction is the Death of Desire (Victory Records, 1997); Perseverance (Universal, 2002); The Rise of Brutality (Universal Records, 2003); Supremacy (Roadrunner Records, 2006).