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Hatebreed doesn't want to talk, unless it's about the new album
Opening acts: Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, The Contortionist and Vital Malice
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Where: The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Tickets: $25; 227-7625 or blacksheeprocks.com
Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta doesn't much want to talk about anything deep.
Jasta seems emotionally sucked dry after 200-300 interviews to promote their latest hardcore heavy metal album, “The Divinity of Purpose,” which dropped late last month. He doesn’t think it’s fair to regurgitate the same answers over and over.
“The information should be fresh,” Jasta says during a tour stop in Stuttgart, Germany.
However, he’s more than happy to talk about the band’s sixth album, and why they’ve stayed on the heavy metal scene radar for so long.
“We never switch up the recipe,” says Jasta, who has described the band’s style as “Celtic Frost Hardcore.” “We never give the fans a reason to say what the (expletive).”
They must be doing something right. Hatebreed, debuted on the scene in Connecticut in 1994, and remain staples of metal music festivals like Mayhem Festival and Ozzfest. They last played Colorado Springs in 2001, several years before receiving a Grammy nomination for Metal Performance in 2004. They play The Black Sheep on Tuesday.
His description of the new album might be the first time metal music has been compared to a sugary, flaky dessert.
“If you had a pie with 10 pieces, (the last album would be) six pieces metal and four pieces hardcore,” he says. “The new album is six pieces hardcore and four pieces metal.”
Jasta wrote all the lyrics on the new album, which is themed around having and finding your purpose, he says. It’s a current snapshot of the past year or so of his life. In other interviews, he’s talked about how that life purpose can change, due to new parenthood or other changes in your personal life, but in this conversation, he’s ready to stop overanalyzing.
“If you read the lyrics and think ‘man, this is my song,’ then that character is you,” he says. “I’m a father. I have a daughter, but it shouldn’t even be about that. I want the listener to say ‘oh, this is my song.’ I’m tired of explaining everything down to a T. But even if people don’t take anything out of it besides the headbanging and music, that’s fine, too.”