Hatebreed made news a few months back saying that they would not be releasing their new album Weight Of The False Self during the pandemic. Not knowing the gravity of events at the time, they announced that they would hold onto the album until everything had passed.

I have spoken to several bands over the last few months that have already told that they would do the opposite. For example, Kristian Niemann of Sorcerer told me that he writes all the time, and said he’ll probably have a new album worth of material ready to go by summer of 2021. He alluded to the fact that if he can’t perform, writing will become his main musical outlet.

He also mentioned that if he had to sit on their latest album, Lamenting The Innocent, that he would end up hating album. Their album came out back in May.

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for the pandemic. Bands are not able to tour, and have been stepping outside of their box in order to make money. I get why Hatebreed didn’t want to release the album sooner. It was wishful thinking this would all be over by now.

Here’s what Jamey Jasta had to say about the album:

When writing lyrics and riffs, I try to be in the moment, getting a mental picture of my current reality in order to convey what I want to say. Sometimes, I think my reality consists of two irreducible elements, expressed by the age-old interior battle of the dualistic self.

The angel on one shoulder stands firm, providing reason, wisdom, and compassion while the devil dances angrily on the other, ranting with passion, spite, and dark desire. I often wonder if a truly centered mind is attainable, an effortless and non-dualistic state of equilibrium.

Until then, I’ll just listen to both sides of my personality and hope I make the right choice. At the end of the day, the listener will choose to hear what they want, but when I am writing, I imagine the voice of the angel to be a lil’ louder.

Here’s some more information that was sent to us about the album:

Weight of the False Self was produced by frequent Hatebreed collaborator Zeuss and it arrives on the heels of the sold-out anniversary shows that Hatebreed embarked upon throughout 2019 and the unprecedented success of 2016’s The Concrete Confessional. Not only did the latter tally over 42 million Spotify streams, but the single “Looking Down The Barrel of Today” also clocked 30 million-plus Spotify streams.

The band also covered Revolver and The Guardian bestowed a 4-out-of-5 star rating on the album, proving that over 20 years deep into its career, this Connecticut hardcore metal institution remains as vital as ever.

Renowned for their ability to provide an intense and cathartic release for their fans, Hatebreed challenged themselves and their writing style in order to produce material that is exceptionally relatable in a contemporary world flooded with overstimulation, emotional dampening, and lack of social patience.

Guitarist Frank Novinec said the following:

Weight of The False Self is a perfect representation of Hatebreed in 2020, a fresh onslaught of soon-to-be classics with all the elements that led you here since day one.

Drummer Matt Byrne add this about the album:

There’s no shortage of beefy riffs and adrenaline-fueled drums on this record. I’m proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment.

Check out the title track of the upcoming release by Hatebreed called Weight Of the False Self:

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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