Live Review: Hatebreed w/Dyscarnate & Broken Teeth (25th Anniversary Show) @ Camden Electric Ballroom
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a World Tour are Hatebreed who formed in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1994. The current line up of vocalist Jamey Jasta, bassist Chris Beattie, lead guitarist Wayne Lozinak, drummer Matt Byrne and rhythm guitar Frank Novinec feature 3 members who were in the band at the start, although Wayne Lozinak was absent from 1996 to 2009. It’s a testament to their work ethic with 7 studio albums (not counting 2009’s covers album “For The Lions”), a Grammy nomination and Jamey Jasta hosting for MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball from 2003–2007 that they are still on the scene today. Not to mention Jasta also having a solo band, fronting Kingdom of Sorrow with Kirk Windstein of Crowbar and being the voice of Icepick.
Opening tonight’s show are Dyscarnate [8/10] who we last had the pleasure of witnessing at Tech-Fest in 2017. They may not have followed up album “With All Their Might” since but they they have toured the globe. The Horsham Death Metal trio smash through a set that demonstrate power and live prowess. Cuts like “Iron Strengthens Iron” and “Backbreaker” are made all the better for having the pair of vocalists crush them.
Having pulled out of the first incarnation of Upsurge Festival at London’s New Cross Inn last summer due to Van issues, Manchester Crossover Hardcore crew BrokenTeeth [8/10] are a solid and defiantly ruthless band who smash through a set of songs like a well oiled machine. 2016’s “At Peace Amongst Chaos” is past due a follow up so hopefully it’s not log before that appears. If it follows the bands debut full length via Nuclear Blast remains to be seen. Sunfall and Bound InFear vocalist Ben Mason and former Sylosis and Heart of aCoward frontman Jamie Graham who now works for Unique Leader Records are both seen in the crowd.
If you’d told Hatebreed [10/10] that they’d be doing a 25th Anniversary Tour when they were recording “Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire” in 1997 then they’d have no doubt bitten your hand off. Tonight we are treated to a career spanning set of high energy tunes with a number of deeper cuts and some older material given its day. Jamie Jasta is on fine charismatic form and announces each of the band members at various points in the set as well as mentioning previous shows between tracks with a special mention to former rhythm guitarist Lou Richardson who took his life in 2006 aged 35 before the band play “Last Breath” in tribute. As you might expect, the likes of “Tear It Down”, “Live For This” and “Doomsayer” from 2003’s “Rise of Brutality” appear in the set alongside “Perseverance” and “As Diehard as They Come” but perhaps opening with “To The Threshold” is a surprise. Needless to say that every song is a sing-a-long and with a curfew in place the band step over the line for the final song “I Will Be Heard”, which is no doubt the one that took the band to a bigger audience all those years ago. Jasta himself promises the Hardcore legends will be returning in the Spring with a new album.