MTV.com is reporting that HATEBREED have been in continuing negotiations with Roadrunner Records and are close to signing a deal with the label.
"We ended up doing two records with Universal, and our time at that label was killer," frontman Jamey Jasta explained to MTV.com when asked about the talks. "We sold over 300,000 on [2002's] 'Perseverance' and 200,000 on [2003's] 'The Rise of Brutality'. We got a Grammy nomination. But we feel we need to be at a label that deals with more metal bands and is more involved in the whole grand scheme of metal and hardcore."
Jasta added that Roadrunner's long tradition of fostering acts such as MADBALL, BIOHAZARD and SEPULTURA is also appealing. "It [would] just [be] the right home for us," he said.
There's a lot going on in HATEBREED's world these days. They've just finished recording "Supremacy", which Jasta calls an "all-out onslaught of completely adrenaline-charged, in-your-face brutality." Due in early August, the album will feature 13 tracks of HATEBREED's "best material yet."
"This album's just more charged, more focused," he told MTV.com. "There are classic HATEBREED songs on here — ones I can see being in our set for years to come. I really set out when writing these songs with these guys [that] if it didn't make my hair stand up or give me chills down my spine, I didn't use it. I wanted to tap into pure adrenaline — the speed, the brutality, the breakdowns. I wanted to make a crushing record that was going to have a memorable impact on people."
"Supremacy" will include the first single, "To the Threshold" (video), and the second single, "Never Let It Die", which the band is shooting a video for in May. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Defeatist", "Spitting Venom", "As Diehard as They Come", "Mind Over All" and "The Most Truth".
At the end of April, HATEBREED will head to Australia, where they'll open gigs for KORN. A Canadian run is scheduled to precede the band's mainstage slot on this summer's Ozzfest, as will several European festival bookings. The Connecticut-based band will also headline a number of club shows this summer — on Ozzfest off-dates — with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD.