Hatebreed Enjoys Chart Success with New Album; Shares Song Meanings

By Morgan Brunner

May 25, 2016

Hatebreed’s seventh full-length album, The Concrete Confessional, debuted at No. 13 on Billboard‘s Top Current Albums chart, as well as at No. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums and Current Hard Rock Albums charts, and No. 3 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

The Connecticut metalcore act’s latest album was also listed as one of Rolling Stone‘s “25 Most Anticipated Metal Albums for 2016.”

The band recently released a video on the band’s YouTube channel featuring lead singer Jamey Jasta, who shares the inspirations behind the first four tracks of The Concrete Confessional.

According to Jasta, the theme of the tracks range from the destruction of the American dream and government corruption to vices and sins to mental illness to taking control over one’s mindset.

Track two “Looking Down the Barrel of Today,” for instance,  is “an anthem for myself,” says Jasta in the clip. “The day is either going to control you or you are going to control it.  You’re either holding the barrel or you’re getting it pointed at you.  I thought it was a great second track just to keep that flow.  Really heavy, really fast, right out of the gate.”

Watch the clip below: