Hatebreed — Top 15 New Wave Of American Heavy Metal Albums
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:49:42
These are the albums that defined the aughts.
The '00s were quite a fertile period for heavy music. So much so that the press and fans anointed the era "The New Wave of American Heavy Metal" or "The New Wave of American Metal." Same difference. MTV resurrected Headbanger's Ball, with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed installed as the host. Late night TV shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, were booking the bands of the era to perform with increasing frequency throughout the decade. Yes, those firebreathing noise merchants in The Dillinger Escape Plan played Conan and things were never, ever the same.
If you require more proof that the public and media hungered for metal equally, well, think about how Ozzfest ballooned, inviting heavier bands to play both the main and the side stages. The annual heavy metal summer camp was eventually immobilized and replaced by The Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which also grew exponentially and played sheds.
Most impressive were the sales numbers of these bands. Albums repeatedly went platinum and gold, with the likes of Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Atreyu notching RIAA certifications and awards for achieving monster sales. More notable was the fact that you could turn on the radio and hear these same bands on the dial and not always after midnight on specialty shows.
Do we even need to mention the Grammy nominations? It made us realize that people with their ears to the underground and in possession of a keen knowledge of the aggressive music scene were influencing the balloting, since extreme bands were notching noms. It wasn't as though this was further atonement for the Jethro Tull gaffe that still haunts the metal category today; it was an institution recognizing and supporting a movement!
Hands down—the '00s were a legit and rich era for heavy metal. These are the albums that defined the period.
6. Hatebreed – Perseverance
Anthems, anthems, anthems! Hatebreed took several years to follow up 1997's Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire, a 27-minute clinic of short, fast, shotgun blast hardcore.
Perseverance was released by a major label and it was certainly more polished, more put together and more thought out than what came before it. But it wasn't watered down nor did the band wimp out simply because it made the transition from indie to major label.
Frontman Jamey Jasta's positive lyrics remained encased in moshy, enraged breakdowns. He delivered anthemic caterwauls and phrases that demanded to be sung along to. There was an undeniable, unshakable conviction in the way that Jasta delivered lines like, "Now is the time, for me to rise to my feet / Wipe your spit from my face / Wipe these tears from my eyes."
Who wouldn't want to sing along and share in that feeling? It was cathartic and it got the red out.
From the devastating opener "Proven" to the pit stirring "I Will Be Heard," Hatebreed put together a string of anthems that any kid dealing with drama at home, work or school could relate to and want to sing along to when the going got tough.
The band has released several subsequent albums of great might and heft but nothing holds up to Perseverance. It really was the high watermark for this long-running Connecticut band.
Watch "I Will Be Heard" from Hatebreed:
'Perseverance' from Hatebreed is available on Universal Motown Records.
See the other artists and albums on our Top Top 15 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Albums feature!