Sure, bands like Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags established the essential blueprint for the merging of metal and hardcore that came to be dubbed (surprise, surprise) “metalcore,” but bands like the Connecticut-based Hatebreed took the punishing riffs and back-to-basics breakdowns out of the VFW halls and to the Ozzfest and MTV masses. Led by Jamey Jasta, the band put itself on the DIY map with its 1996 EP Under the Knife, which showcased the crushing guitars and demon-yell roars that became Hatebreed’s stock in trade. Then came 1997’s Satisfaction is the Death of Desire—considered a classic in ’90s heavy music (hardcore or otherwise) and the rest is mainstream history. Hatebreed by this time had enough clout to land itself a major label deal with Universal, which released Perseverance and The Rise of Brutality; Jasta went on to host MTV2’s “Headbangers Ball, form his own label (Stillborn Records) and apparel line (Hateware) and otherwise become a fixture for cameos and guest appearances on releases by bands and artists such as Napalm Death, Necro, Terror, Sepultura and Candiria. The band’s been around long enough to put out an album of cover songs (For the Lions) and a new self-titled studio release this past September. This “Decimation of the Nation Tour 2” show at Karma will be the band’s last Cali show before they take off for the rest of the country and Europe. See you in the pit.
Hatebreed w/Cannibal Corpse, Unearth and others at Karma, 12152 Cottonwood Ave., Victorville, (760) 955-1500; www.hatebreed.com, www.txcshows.com. Sun, Nov. 29. Doors open at 5:30PM; $23 adv, $25 door. All ages.