HATEBREED – Summer European Tour Dates

HATEBREED’s summer European touring plans have come into view with separate legs booked for both June and August. Here are the confirmed dates thus far:

06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
06/23 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
06/25 Kassel, GER – MT/130bpm (feat. Crowbar)
06/26 Krakow, POL – Mystic Festival
06/27 Prague, CZE – Futurum (feat. Trivium)
06/28 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik
06/29 Ysselsteyn, NET – Jera On Air
08/16 Alkmaar, NET – Podium Victorie
08/17 Hamburg, GER – Elbriot
08/18 St. Nolff, FRA – Motocultor
08/20 Wien, AUT – Arena
08/21 Munchen, GER – Backstage
08/22 Magdeburg, GER – Factory
08/23 Ensheim, GER – Neuborn Open Air Festival
08/24 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival

Perhaps the hardest working US hardcore band of the late 90s, Hatebreed’s crushing combination of old-school hardcore and aggressive metal flourishes enabled them to be almost constantly on the road in support of bands as diverse as NOFX and Morbid Angel. Intended as a simple, but brutal rebuff to the music scene, Jamey Jasta (James Shanahan, 7 August 1978, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; vocals), Chris ‘The X-Mas Bitch’ Beattie (b. 7 September 1976, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA; bass), Larry Dwyer Jnr. (guitar), Wayne Lozinak (guitar) and Dave Russo (drums) formed the band in New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 1994. Their first demo, the three-track Hate Stricken Creation, made an instant impact on the extreme music scene and two split-singles followed before the release of the Under The Knife demo on Jasta’s own label. Distributed by Victory Records, the release soon became one of the hottest sellers in the catalogue, bringing Hatebreed to the attention of label boss Tony Brummel, who promptly signed them.

A number of line-up changes ensued, with Jasta and Beattie joined by Lou ‘Boulder’ Richards (b. 12 October 1971, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, d. 13 September 2006, USA; guitar), Matt McIntosh (guitar) and Jamie ‘Pushbutton’ McVey (drums). The band’s debut album 1997’s Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire (the title inspired by a movie about Mohammed Ali), created label history by selling more copies than any other debut ever released by the label. After this release, minor personnel changes saw the addition of Sean Martin (b. 22 February 1972, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA; guitar) and Rigg Ross (drums) to the line-up. The following year was Hatebreed’s busiest so far, explosive performances on the Warped Tour of North America helped expand their fanbase beyond the punk and hardcore fraternity, leading to further high visibility tours and performances with such recognisable names as Slayer, Danzig and Motörhead.

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