Sean, hows this new european tour going on?
It's great. We've had a lot of fun. We played a bunch of shows with
The Black Dahlia Murder, Blindsight. We did a couple shows with the
Angel Crew. They were great. We did some shows with Korn on the Download
Festival. That was really fun. So it's been going really good.
going to release a new record called Supremacy. How would
you define this new record compared with the others ?
Uh, it's a little more mature, it's like a next level but not different.
It's not that any of our albums were'nt focused, but it's more like...
pummeling, more mature sounding. It's a great record. It's brutal as
hell. It's very thrash and hardcore. Its like 50/50. It's really
good. I'm really happy with it.
did you choose this name Supremacy?
It has to do with Jamey's lyrical stance on the record, supremacy of
self, self supremacy, supremacy of being. Becoming the best that you
could possibly become. I think thats what it means.
also have a new guitar player, Frank "3 Gun" Novinec (Ex-Terror,
Ringworm). Why did you want to have him in Hatebreed ?
Well we decided we wanted a second guitar player again, to help bring
the songs out better live. Have them be more like theyre supposed
to be on the records. We wanted to be able to write again and be comfortable
with parts knowing that they would be carried through live properly
. So we deciced to get another guitar player again after being a four
piece for four years. The only guy we considered was Frank. He's been
one of our best friends for years and we were huge fans of Integrity
and Ringworm. He was in Terror at the time and we asked him if he wanted
to join the band and he said Yeah!. So were lucky to get
him. He fits perfectly. No auditions or anything, we were just like
"Hey! Want to get into the band?" and he was like "Yeah
all right. Good". (Laughs)
you recorded the guitar parts alone on Supremacy?
Yeah, I did the last three records. Even Perserverance I
did it all myself. We worked out a system where it's really efficient.
It works out really well for the record. We were already recording when
Frank joined the band. We were already done writing it. So he did'nt
play in the record.
time you took a lot of time in the recording proccess...
I think we waited a little longer between The Rise Of Brutality
and Perserverance. I think it was like two years yeah, so
we had it. Gotta go to bed sometimes. (Laughs). We just took...I
don't know, we toured I mean we're always working so it ain't like,
you know? Were always busy. Now we're on a new label, we're on
Roadrunner now so there was a little buisness that had to be handled
with that. So it took us a little longer but.. yeah, there you go. (Laughs).
just did a tour to celebrate ten years of hatebreed. Whats your feeling
on your career with the band?
Oh, it's great! Are you kidding me? We're proud of it. It's amazing,
I think it's awesome, the band's been together for ten years and hopefully
ten, twenty more. You know? We'll see. It's going good so we don't have
any plans on stopping. We're proud to have a ten year legacy behind
us already. You know it's going by so quickly. It's awesome.
you have any strange or funny stories to tell us about your career?
I don't know. it's just awesome! I guess the most recent thing is getting
to play the Download Festival. That was amazing! This was our second
time and we played the main stage. That was pretty cool, but I mean
theres so many great things that have happened, we could be here all
day. I mean, it's just like a blessing to be able to do this for a living
and to play music to our fans and our friends. We have fun on tour every
day you know? But nothing that jumps out on me right now so.
years before you were opening for bands like Madball and Agnostic Front.
Now it's them that open for you. How do you feel about that?
Well Madball are really great friends of ours you know? Me and Hoya
are like, and Freddy all of the guys. Rig was in Hatebreed for a while.
Theyre super close friends of ours. I mean it's a little wierd
like having a band like Madball or Agnostic Front play before you, but
you know, it's how it is. Theyre cool with it so as long as their
cool with it, we're cool with it. But it's definitly wierd you know?
Cause theyre bands that, I mean Agnostic Front was one of my favroite
bands growing up. So for some of our heroes to be taking the stage before
us, it was a little wierd at first but everythings cool.
are some people that criticize the band, how would you explain this
strange state of mind?
On what, people hating us? Theyre just people who have nothing
to do with their time, theyre bored. What are they doing? Tell
them do to something with all that energy they put forth to talk shit
about people and to say what we could do better. They could be doing
something better for their family or their life I'm sure. So it's just
hallow, that shit's just funny to us. We've been here for ten years
and we're still here and still the same, so I say fuck you to them,
suck my dick! (Laughs).
your feeling about the hardcore scene in general?
Worldwilde? I think it's awesome! I think it's bigger than it's ever
been. Theres more bands now than there ever has been. It's a huge worldwide
thing, it's amazing. Theres tons and tons of bands now. Theres a lotta
young kids really into it. I think it's at it's strongest point now
that it's ever been. The shows are going great. Like I said theres so
many young bands coming out and it's awesome you know? Everybody really
into it and supportive. There are a lot of young kids into it that are
hopefully going to carry the torch for the next 20 years. So i think
that its going really good i think that it is the best that it has ever
Can you name us some bands that you really like?
Like in general? Im bad because im old. I still listen to the stuff
that i grew up listening to. Jamey is the one into the new stuff. Out
of all the new bands and stuff im not too prone to what is going on.
all the bands that im into are the obvious like Cromags, Madball, Agnostic
Front Slayer, Entombed. Im old im a mess. (Laugh) Terror is great.
I used to be in 100 Demons they are really great.
Theres a bunch of bands coming out like Pale Horse, they re
great. Theres a lot of really good young bands that have a really
good hardcore ethic, playing in small places, in little
bars. Theres a lot of really good bands out there, but you know
Im so busy doing what I do and I dont pay attention to the
is for you the meaning of Hardcore ?
What Ive been doing for the past 20 years, I guess. Its
just community and friendship, and heaviest music, good music. But all
my friends and everybody Ive been hanging around with since I
was about 13 have come from that world and that scene, so its
my community and my friends and my family, more or less. No matter what,
regardless with the music, the music is great obviously and I love it
as a movement, as a scene. Its what I do every single day of my
life. When Im home or on tour, Im hanging out with the same
guys and going on the shows since I was a little kid so, I guess its
my life, yes.
have a side-project called House Of Blow, could you tell
us more about it ?
Me and Daryl (- Palumbo - Glassjaw, Head Automatica) are very
close friends, we met when we were on tour when Hatebreed toured with
Glassjaw few years ago, we did the Ozzfest together. Me and Daryl were
both huge hiphop fans since we were little kids and we realized that
we both made beats and do electronic music and stuff and it was like
our secrets you know. After years of hanging out, we eventually decided
to do a project together. Its very weird, some people says it
look likes some kind of dance music, almost like electronic production.
I think the best way to say is that it crosses Portishead along with
Wu-Tang Clan. All the music is electronic , we play guitar and bass
on it, drums are made with a synthesizer , so its definitely a
lot different from what were known for doing. Were just
doing for fun, we do not have any plan on releasing anything yet, were
still writing and having fun with it. We are both so busy with what
we do but its like an escape for us to do something different
musically. Hopefully til the end of the year there will be a Ep
or something, once we get the time to sit down for like 2 weeks straight
because right now its 2 days here, 2 days there and that during
6 month. And hopefully people will like it and if they dont we
have some fun anyway!
also appeared as guest on many records like Throwdown, Necro, Danny
Diablo... Whats the most important thing for you to decide to
do or not to do a guest appearance ?
Im pretty open, if its a friend of mine or a band I really
dig, or a bunch of friends of mine that want me like Throwdown. But
as long as it is something that is fun and its, you know, a good
band, more or less if someone if Im friend of them or someone
that we toured with or someone just asks me to do something for them.
As the Necro family just came to connect , we found out that he knew
about Hatebreed and he found out we knew about him, we just connected
and I went to the studio, he wanted a death metal and I did a death
metal stuff, and that was it. For Throwdown, I did some picks live and
that was it, just fun. So its not something crazy, I havent
done too much crazy stuff yet, maybe in the next year. For the most
of them all I want to do is some picks live, or leads like on the Icepick
record, just stuff for friends, no money involved.
became a big band without making radio oriented singles or love songs...
For me, Hatebreed could be seen as a band like Slayer. Was it the same
for you ?
Well, were kind of models ourselves after them in a way because
they never compromised and they evolved constantly pulling out what
they were known for doing and in that aspect this is what we want to
do too, just keeping out the same music and not disappointing our fans
but in the same time not be afraid to reach out and get new people this
is why we do things. Music never changes, we dont compromise our
music we dont compromise anything when it comes to what we stand
for and what we believe. A band like Korn took us on tour and it was
great because it was good exposure for us and we also might recruit
kids into hardcore maybe they wouldnt find it before.
Comparing us to Slayer, clearly our eyes were pretty accurate cause
weve liked to be around for 20 years doing the same brutal stuff
, some of us are in Hatebreed from the beginnings, we never tried to
change, we just stayed brutal. Youd rather ask the fans who come
to see us, we have our fans, we have our hardcore scene. For people
whore getting to us its cool, and now for us to stretch
out and do tour where we can reach people is cool, but our music will
never compromised. Yeah were like Slayer in that way and Slayer
is my favourite band. (Laugh)
it was good for you to have Kerry King on Perseverance
Yes it was great, youre kidding me ??? ridiculous, crazy
Posters were on my walls. It was really an honour and we toured with
Slayer and became friends with them
it was mindblowing !! Its
the same with Roger, Freddy, or John from the Cro-Mags, we got to meet
all these guys and become friends. Its just mindblowing! Were
still like little kids you know when we see them. Everytime I say Hi!
Im Sean!, and theyre like Yeah we know!
you have any DVD plan with Hatebreed ?
We have plan for ever, we have so much footage but we dont have
the time to really concentrate on it, we have so much stuff !! Its
our whole career of videotape, pretty much you know.
Everything from the first line-up, everything from 1997 up. So when
the DVD gets down, it will be like amazing, we will have time to make
what we really want to do and not only make money, something worth of
our fans money. We want to make a nice 2-DVD set, like Hatebreed
through the years and a live show and another set of 2 or 3 DVD
set. So when well get the time to do it and to put it the right
way, it will be out; we dont want to rush something out there
and just to have it up, its not fair. Its better to take
from Merauder died a few month ago, I imagine that you knew him...
... Yeah he was a good friend...
dont you have a funny story to tell us about him ?
Oh there are tones ! Sob was just great, Rest In Peace! He was just
a great person. Theres too many stories about Sob. He was such
a good guy, a good friend, he was awesome. But I dont know, any
stories in particular. This guy was a nut, he was awesome! (Laughs)
No real personal stories that I want to get into but he was just a great
guy, a big influence for us. Merauders so legendary ! Its
just a shame that he passed away, it sucks. We lost a lot of friends
during the last few years but everybody dies, its cycle life...
God bless Sob, Rest In Peace.
linked with Merauder, we heard that you maybe wanted to release a cover
songs record in which will feature Life Is Pain...
Yeah we got tones of stuff recorded, we recorded a whole bunch of covers,
we just kind finished Life Is Pain, we did some Madball,
Negative Approach, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, D.R.I, tones of great stuff.
Stuff that have influences us when we were little kids, Metallica, Sepultura...
So its gona be really good, but we have to type it up. We didnt
expect to record it, it was just for fun and the songs just kept comin.
We kept the integrity of the songs perfect, but its our guitar
sound, our tuning, and Jamey singing but we played them the right way
as were all nuts about it. Itll be good but we dont
know when well release it.
is your favourite word?
I dont know ! (Laugh) I dont think about it! Well,
What is your least favourite word? I dont
know! I dont think I have one. I have no idea, I really dont
think I have a least favourite word.
What turns you on creatively? Pot! (Marijuana)
What turns you on spiritually? Marijuana
What turns you on emotionally? Life
What turns you off? Bad breath! (Laugh)
Ignorance, Unfocused, Negativity, Stupidity
What is your favourite bad word? Fuck
What sound do you love? My guitar through
Marshall stacks (Laugh)
What sound do you hate? The sound of constructions
in the morning... when Im on the job side... (Laugh)
What is your favourite place on earth?
Home, Waterbury, Connecticut
And the one you hate? Home, Waterbury,
Which person influenced you the most during your
life? My brother and my mother
Who were your heroes when you were a kid?
My brother, Randy Roads, Angus Young, Run DMC, Slayer...
What profession other than your own would you
like to attempt? Nothing!
What profession would you not like to do?
Roofer! I already did it and it sucks! I dont want to go back!
If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say
when you will arrive at the Pearly Gates ? Come on in!
Interview Laureline, O.S & Manu
Translation Nick Kryla/Gaëtan/Manu
est en concert à Paris le 20 novembre 2006
vidéo du concert de Selesta : I Will Be Heard