Shockwave: Hey Jamey, how are you doing today?
Jamey: Oh I'm great man! We're five weeks out from the record release. We're just spreading the word, and we've been lucky that we have a great record label on both sides of the Atlantic pushing this hard. And, so far all the feedback has been great!
That's great! Now the new album is title "The Divinity of Purpose." How did you come up with the concept of the album title?
JJ: Well I just wanted to spark a new thought and I think music has been our purpose for a long time. But, as you grow your purposes do change and you experience new things and whether it's becoming a parent or you change your career, it's something everyone can relate to, because deep down everyone wants to have a purpose in life. I just wanted to spark that thought. Sometimes when you find your purpose, it's almost like a divine experience, because it can lead you to a good place, and maybe away from destructive patterns we all can fall into. And that's basically the concept of the album.
Now for the artwork for the album, what was the idea behind it?
Well we definitely wanted it to be a painting. In the digital age, we've lost a little bit of that, just taking the time and having someone really work on something that's a real piece of art. It was real exciting for me to look at band's art back in the day, whether it was Crowbar, Megadeth, Slayer, or Agnostic Front, when you bought the vinyl or CD, you looked at the art and it just was amazing that someone would paint that. And, that was what we were trying to do for the album. The cover is very reminiscent to the title, because there is the main character almost in a tug of war with this dark creature. There's also another character in there, which's to the left of the main character who could be a woman, could also be a guardian angel. It just sparking a new thought in people's minds and allowing everyone to make different interpretations about it.
There's definitely a lot off the album! I was listening to the record last night on my way back from Nevada and "Honor Never Dies" "Dead Man Breathing," "Nothing Scars Me" and "The Language" are some of my favorites. I'm really pumped about this album, and there's going to be about seven or eight songs off this record that are going into our set, that I think are going to go over real big with the audience. I think "Boundless (Time to Murder it)" and "Before the Fight Ends You" are be big ones. I'm just excited with having something new coming out on the horizon. It never gets old for me. It's the same with every Hatebreed record, where the anticipation builds and to have that confidence to know where the fans are really going to dig the music; it's really a good place to be in.
The artwork definitely can definitely leave you with several interpretations, and lyrically is strong as any other Hatebreed album. On the Hatebreed website, you put up a lyric video for "Put it to the torch" which really is straight in your face. Is there any song off the new album you're really proud of or looking forward to play live?