River City Rockfest: 'Into the Pit' with Hatebreed's Chris Beattie, Matt Byrne
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Hatebreed's music has always been filled with intensity, angst, rage and fury. Those four criteria help explain why the Connecticut-based quintet of vocalist Jamey Jasta, guitarists Wayne Lozinak and Frank Novinec, bassist Chris Beattie and drummer Matt Byrne has been revered by the underground scene's predominantly young generation since forming in the mid-'90s and beginning its ascent upon the metal masses in 2002 with major-label debut Perseverance.

Since then, Hatebreed's impact on the underground has sprouted in the form of seven albums and various world tours and festival performances. The latest came Memorial Day Sunday at San Antonio's River City Rockfest. Touring in support of The Concrete Confessional, which dropped only two weeks earlier on Friday the 13th and is one of the heaviest efforts in the group's assaulting arsenal of recordings, Hatebreed conquered the second of three stages while inspiring circular waves of humid humans on the AT&T Center parking lot's own concrete. This record, arguably more than the band's preceding efforts, is positively P.O.'d -- literally. From opening track "A.D. (American Dream)" to a tune that made its live San Antonio debut, "Looking Down the Barrel of Today," Hatebreed's messages of encouragement and standing up for oneself in the face of today's troubling times are prevalent throughout the CD without compromising its power.

Hatebreed was a major reason the fourth annual Rockfest enjoyed its largest official turnout of "more than 27,800." Prior to destroying everything in its path on stage, Beattie and Byrne graciously went "Into the Pit" to discuss the group's career, latest studio effort and other topics. Perhaps they even revealed their own most concrete confessions. Click the video box to find out, look for photos to come of Hatebreed's set, and stay tuned for plenty more coverage from the festival headlined by Disturbed that also included Scorpions, Megadeth, Sevendust, Bullet For My Valentine, Sixx A.M., Hellyeah, Hatebreed's current touring partners DevilDriver, Red Sun Rising, Avatar and several others.