HATEBREED singer Jamey Jasta has spoken to the Troy Record about this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, an 18-band marathon that is being billed as "upstate New York's biggest and heaviest event ever of hardcore and metal mayhem."

"It's not for everybody," Jasta said about the festival which he helped organize. "It's just like the whole population doesn't like anchovies either. They still sell, and they're still on all the shelves, and it is what it is."

Jasta, the son of divorced parents, an ex-Marine Vietnam vet with post traumatic stress syndrome and a mom who worked nights, grew up a latch-key child who fought with his brother and sister but found solace in music.

"I just fell in love with the camaraderie and community feeling of meeting people that were in other bands and handing out flyers and doing fanzines and collecting records," he explained. "I just felt like I belonged. To me, at that age it was a real relief almost just to have something to focus my energy on rather than smoking pot or drinking or doing drugs or causing trouble." Read more.

HATEBREED's latest album, "The Rise of Brutality", has sold 147,385 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, 2002's "Perseverance", has shifted 248,554 units to date.


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