Hatebreed Debuts ‘When The Blade Drops’; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Hatebreed returned this week with its first new music in four years.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘When the Blade Drops‘ Friday.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that fans of the veteran metalcore band has come to expect from the band.  The song’s lyrical content is certain to engage audiences just as much as its lyrical content.

Front man Jamey Jasta was upbeat when he talked about the song in a recent interview.

“This is just a taste of what’s to come and we’re definitely going hard on this one,” he said.  “The speed, intensity and brutality that people have come to expect from us is on full display.  Can’t wait to play this one live and see the pit erupt.”

‘When The Blade Drops’ is a standalone single.  It will not be included the band’s forthcoming, as yet untitled album.  The album is expected for release later this year.  A release date, title and more information on the album will be released when it becomes available.

While audiences await the release of Hatebreed’s new album, the band’s European fans will get to enjoy the band’s live show this spring and summer beginning April 2 in Leipzig, Germany.  The tour, which will find Hatebreed supporting Parkway Drive, is scheduled to run through April 18 in London, UK and to feature performances in cities, such as Wien, Austria; Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary.

Following the band’s initial European run, its members will rest and recharge before performing May 2 at the annual Launch Music Conference & Festival in Lancaster, PA.  The performance is a headlining show for the band.

Jeremy L. Weiss, the event’s founder and director, talked about the band’s inclusion at the festival/conference during a recent interview.

“The LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival parent company, The CI Companies, has had the pleasure of producing Hatebreed shows several times over the last couple of decades,” he said.  “They are a colossal force in metal and hardcore music, and a personal big-time favorite!  Easily some of the best dudes in the business to boot.  Love what they add to LAUNCH, and how this year’s event has such incredible musical diversity, and choice for attendees top down!”

Tickets for this year’s Launch Music Conference and Festival are available here.  This year is the 12th year the festival has taken place.

Following the performance at the Launch Music Conference & Festival, Hatebreed’s members will take more time to rest and recharge before heading back out on the road again for another string of live dates, this time across Australia from June 13-24.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, + VENOM PRISON:
4/1 — Hamburg, Germany — Sporthalle Hamburg
4/2 — Leipzig, Germany — Arena Leipzig
4/3 — Munich, Germany — Olympiahalle
4/4 — Zürich, Switzerland — Samsung Hall Zürich
4/6 — Budapest, Hungary — Budapest Arena
4/7 — Wien, Austria — arte Hotel Wien Stadthalle
4/8 — Prague, Czechia — Futurum Music Bar
4/9 — Frankfurt Am Main, Germany — Festhalle Messe Frankfurt GmbH
4/10 — Schijndel, Netherlands — Schijndel
4/11 — Dortmund, Germany — Westfalenhallen
4/13 — Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg — Rockhal
4/15 — Paris, France — Zénith de Paris
4/16 — Bruxelles, Belgium — Forest National
4/18 — London, United Kingdom — The SSE Arena, Wembley
5/2 — Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club

WITH PARKWAY DRIVE + EVERY TIME I DIE:
6/13 — Brisbane —Riverstage
6/19 — Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena
6/20 — Melbourne — Melbourne Arena, Melbourne
6/21 — Adelaide – AEC Theatre
6/24 — Perth – HBF Stadium

 

 

More information on Hatebreed’s new single is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.hatebreed.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hatebreed

 

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Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Lineup Announced; Tickets On Sale Now

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents

The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is coming back to California this year.

The annual festival is scheduled to be held October 13 and 14 at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.  Now in its seventh year, the festival will be headlined this year by System of a Down, Alice in Chains and Deftones.  This year marks the first time that System of a Down has performed at the festival.

Along with being the band’s first year at the festival, System of a Down’s performance at the Aftershock Festival will also be the band’s first announced U.S. appearance in three years.  It is also part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration of its landmark self-titled album’s release.

While System of a Down, Alice in Chains and Deftones are the two-day festival’s planned headliners, they are not the only bands on the bill.  Also scheduled for the performance are Godsmack (which is currently touring in support of its brand new album When Legends Rise), Incubus, Seether, Jonathan Davis (whose latest solo album Black Labyrinth is scheduled for release May 25), At The Drive-In and Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (who are currently working on their latest album) as well as Bullet For my Valentine (whose new album Gravity is scheduled to be released June 29), Sevendust (whose album All I See Is War is out now) and many more.  The full lineup for this year’s festival is noted below.

The current band lineup for Monster Energy Aftershock is as follows: System Of A Down, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, At The Drive-In, Seether, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Black Veil Brides, Hellyeah, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Everlast, GWAR, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns, Dance Gavin Dance, Monster Magnet, Red Sun Rising, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Dorothy, Wage War, Plague Vendor, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, All Them Witches, Slothrust, The Dose, Viza, The Jacks and more to be announced.

Providing food for this year’s festival will be a variety of vendors including: Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, Danny Wimmer Presents’ affiliate concessionaire.  Food trucks will also be on hand, providing savory and sweet treats from: Angry Bird Grill, Bacon Mania, Barrett’s Burgers, Barrett’s Sliders, Big Joe’s BBQ, Bubba’s BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dippin Dots Ice Cream, Dogtown, Drewski’s Hot Rod Sandwiches, Florez Bar & Grill, La Mex Taqueria, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus, Sausage King, Smokin’ Hot Pizza, Spicy Pie and Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant.

Beverages will be available from a variety of vendors, including vendors for festival-goers 21 and older.  Those vendors include: Caduceus Vellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Tool/A Perfect Circle/ Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan) and the Belching Beaver Bar (featuring drafts from the Vista, CA brewer including the Phantom Bride IPA, a collaboration with the Defones).  Mrkt N Jolt will also be on site, offering hot coffee, cold brew and other items.

As if the music, food and drink isn’t enough for festival-goers, this year’s festival will also offer lots of entertainment options.  Those options include the Monster Energy Experience, which gives audiences the chance to meet and greet the bands while also sampling the festival’s various offered drinks, The Music Experience, which is an interactive exhibit and music instrument retailer.  Non-profit animal rescue organization Take Me Home will also be on-site along with Dyin 2 Live/FXck Cancer, a wish-granting organization.  Fans can buy music from the festival’s bands on site at the f.y.e. Fan Experience.

Festival-goers can win prizes and check out the latest products from Zippo Lighters at Zippo Encore and charge their phones at SWFTCharge.

Tickets and VIP packages for this year’s festival are on-sale now.  Prices are listed below.  Service fees on all ticket purchases include a $0.50 charity fee for the T.J. Martell Foundation, a foundation aimed at researching and fighting cancer.  Active military personnel get discounts on their tickets through GovX.

Initial ticket prices will be as follows:

  • 2-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 + fees
  • 2-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $299.50 + fees
  • Single Day General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
  • Single Day VIP: starting at $179.50 + fees

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes to the venue, shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining, a VIP-only viewing area of main stage, video screens featuring a live feed of main stage inside the VIP hang area, upgraded food and drink selections, dedicated VIP restrooms and commemorative VIP Monster Energy Aftershock laminate.

A park & ride shuttle is being offered again for this year’s festival as parking at Discovery park is very limited.  Every ticket includes parking at Sleep Train Arena and non-stop shuttle directly to the festival site.

The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and fueled by Monster Energy.  It is sponsored by f.y.e., Coors Light, Jack Daniels, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, SWFTCharge, Fxck Cancer, Ace of Spades, Take Me Home and Belching Beaver.  More sponsors will be announced later.

More information on this year’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.AftershockFestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AftershockSac

 

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