More news from the Hatebreed stable… this from the RR UK Press Office: HATEBREED release ‘The Rise of Brutality’, the much-anticipated follow-up to ‘Perseverance’, through Roadrunner Records in the UK on 10th November 2003. Coming across as something akin to Sick of It All in a backyard brawl with Slayer, Hatebreed meld walls of devastatingly crunchy guitars and savage steamroller rhythms. The band developed a formula that included the best parts of death metal, thrash-punk and NYC hardcore and made this album in the same way they crafted their first demo in Connecticut nearly 10 years ago. They gathered in a basement and jammed, narrowing it down to just over thirty minutes of passionate, sing-along ready musical exorcism. “The first time we jammed out ‘Live for This’ and I sang it, I got chills,” frontman Jamey Jasta reports. The band streamlined every song into a savagely potent, surgically precise and ferociously driving anthem without losing one drop of the band’s trademark bile. “The vocals are a little bit lower and the approach a little bit more in your face and maniacal,” he says í¢äåñI also tried to enunciate more.í¢äå He adds, “We wanted to make this one a little more brutal than Perseverance but at the same time catchier. It’s a good balance.” HATEBREED’s particular brand of ‘balance’ means Jasta having to juggle leading a band, managing several up-and-coming acts, hosting a show for MTV2 (Headbangers Ball in the US), raising a family, running a label imprint and booking shows. It’s baffling how he can still find time to provide a much needed voice to his vast hardcore constituency, but he does. As “You’re Never Alone” proudly declared, “..this is for the kids who have nowhere to turn.” “I had people within my closest circle of friends, when I played them that song, say to me, ‘Don’t you think that’s a little cheesy dude?'” Jamey says. “But that’s how I feel. I don’t care who thinks it’s cheesy.” “I was one of those kids, when my father was locked away in the hospital and my mother was working at night, that’s what I did. I listened to hardcore.” í¢äåñI know there are a lot of kids that don’t have problems and they like Hatebreed, too,” he concludes. “I’m just trying to make music that’s fulfilling to me, but I definitely consider the people that rely on this stuff to maybe just get them through a traffic jam or get them through a hard time, or maybe just give ’em a half-hour of enjoyment.í¢äå HATEBREED continue to tour the US, bringing an early taste of their new music to loyal fans. They embark on the RISE OF BRUTALITY tour that they will headline, then head out on the JAGERMEISTER U.S. tour with Slayer afterwards. UK shows beckon in 2004.