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With Most Precious Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Gizmachi, and others. Friday, November 4, at Peabody's.


Hatebreed infamously played Cleveland so much in the late '90s that the band was once nominated for Best Hardcore/Metal Band at another local weekly's music awards. Frontman Jamey Jasta discovered the city through the first Ringworm LP, went on as a roadie for Integrity, and has continued to send the city shout-outs as host of MTV's Headbanger's Ball. In 10 years, the New England band has become the metalcore generation's standard-bearer, rising from an underground sensation to the genre's token representative on Universal Records, the world's largest label. This misleadingly named band took the tradition of positive punk to a new level, in addition to taking lessons from Cleveland crossover.

"Cleveland has such deep roots in the hardcore and metal scenes," says Jasta, calling Scene during a break in recording his decade-in-the-making Icepick project. "And because there are a lot of open-minded people, you wind up drawing from the punk, metal, and nü-metal scenes. I always thought that it was killer that a band like Ringworm or Integrity would play with a band like Mushroomhead. You don't see that kind of unity in a lot of places. It's cool that people are genuinely into the music."

Cleveland is one of the few major markets that Hatebreed's playing on its 10th-anniversary tour. The band is guaranteed to pack Peabody's for an old-school set composed of the entire Under the Knife EP, most of the Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire album, choice cuts from the last two discs, and a pair of songs from the band's next album, which should arrive in 2006.

"It'll be cool to give the diehards a taste of new music," says Jasta. "Because of the snowstorm that happened last time we were in town, a lot of kids didn't make it out to the House of Blues, and there were a lot of rumors that we canceled. So it's going to be good to get back and play to a small club."

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