Hardcore metal leaders Hatebreed are set to release their long-awaited new covers album, For the Lions, on Tuesday May 5th, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly Koch Records).
The songs on For the Lions were carefully selected by Hatebreed to represent a panoramic view of some of their favorite artists and greatest musical inspirations. Having completed the album in 2008, the band felt their work wasn’t done yet and just returned to the studio with original guitar player Wayne Lozinak to record additional tracks for the album. The four new covers are among the most bludgeoning the band has yet to record. These include, “Ghosts of War” (Slayer), “Supertouch/Shitfit" (Bad Brains), “Thirsty" (Black Flag) and “Suicidal Maniac” (Suicidal Tendencies).
For the Lions was produced, engineered and mixed by long-time band associate Chris "Zeuss" Harris.
For a preview of “Suicidal Maniac,” please click on myspace.com/hatebreed.
In additional Hatebreed news, the band announces the departure of guitar player Sean M. Martin welcoming back to the fold original guitarist Wayne Lozinak
Frontman Jamey Jasta says, “I speak on behalf of all of us and we support Sean's decision to leave and want him to be happy and successful at everything he does. There are no bad feelings at all and you'll probably see him hanging onstage at some of our local shows. We're family and he will be missed but Hatebreed will forge on.”
Sean M. Martin comments "After 10 years, I've decided to leave Hatebreed. This in no way reflects my personal relationship with Jamey, Chris, Matt and Frank, they're four of my closest friends and I'll always love them with all my heart. I want to thank all of the fans as well as the guys in the band and crew, past and present, for giving me some of the best times of my life."
Hatebreed will play a special one-off show on May 1 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, performing songs from the forthcoming covers album and of course, long-time favorites.
Hatebreed will also be kicking off a short world tour appearing at the following European Festivals:
June 20th / Hellfest, Clisson, France
July 3rd / Vainstream, Munster, Germany
July 4th / With Full Force, Germany
July 6th / Metalcamp, Tomlin, Slovenia
July 24th / Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican July 25th / Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro Flores July 26th / Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Espaco Lux
Look for Hatebreed to tour behind For the Lions with a full round of dates to be announced later this year.
The complete track listing for For the Lions is to include the following covers:
Slayer – Ghosts of War
Cro-Mags - It's The Limit
Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Maniac
Sepultura - Refuse/Resist
Metallica – Escape
Bad Brains – Supertouch/Shitfit
Misfits – Hatebreeders
D.R.I. - Evil Minds
Madball - Set It Off
Sick of It All - Shut Me Out
Black Flag- Thirsty
Negative Approach - Sick of Talk
Crowbar - All I Had I Gave
Merauder - Life Is Pain
Agnostic Front - Your Mistake
Judge - Hear Me
Obituary - I'm in Pain
Subzero - Boxed In