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Regarding the new album, frontman Jamey Jasta says, “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.”
Weight of the False Self was produced by frequent HATEBREED collaborator Zeuss and it arrives on the heels of Hatebreed’s sold-out 2019 anniversary shows and the unprecedented success of 2016’s The Concrete Confessional. Not only did the latter rack up over 42 million Spotify streams, but the single, ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ also clocked over 30 million Spotify streams. 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 still remains as vital as ever.
Renowned for their ability to provide an intense, 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.
“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,” explains guitarist Frank Novinec. And drummer Matt Byrne shares, “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.”
The album artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. Previously, HATEBREED dropped their first new single in four years with ‘When The Blade Drops,’ which does not appear on the new album. Listen here and here.
WEIGHT OF THE FALSE SELF track listing;
Let Them All Rot
Set It Right (Start With Yourself)
Weight of The False Self
Cling to Life
A Stroke of Red
Dig Your Way Out
This I Earned
Wings of The Vulture
The Herd Will Scatter
From Gold to Gray
Jamey Jasta — Vocals
Chris Beattie — Bass
Frank Novinec — Guitars
Wayne Lozinak — Guitars
Matt Byrne — Drums