Hatebreed | Exit/In | Nashville, TN

Written by Kayla Albee | Photos by Nick Zimmer

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Venue: Exit / In

City: Nashville, TN

Date: March 26, 2018

Hatebreed recently came through Nashville on the second leg of their 20 Years Of Desire, 15 Years Of Perseverance tour along with Crowbar, The Acacia Strain, and Twitching Tongues. 

Twitching Tongues, who recently released their new album Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, kicked off the show and set the tone for a long night of punishing riffs. The band played a good amount of new material while still cutting in tracks from Disharmony and In Love There Is No Law.

This was the second time I have been able to catch The Acacia Strain on a Hatebreed headliner, with the first being in 2007. While the bands sound has evolved since then, their energy and intensity has not. Between songs, vocalist Vincent Bennett spoke very fondly of the city of Nashville, their love for The End (and The Muse - RIP), and gave a shout out to Nashville straight edge before ending their set with "4x4."

If you’re a fan of heavy music and you’ve never seen Crowbar live, you’re doing yourself a disservice. There are few bands that riff as hard as Crowbar and their live performance enhances that fact tenfold. The band took little time to banter between songs and ripped through a set that spanned through their discography. The NOLA legends are out supporting their latest record, The Serpent Only Lies.

There are few bands in heavy music that can come on after Crowbar and keep a crowd engaged and Hatebreed are one of them. Celebrating the anniversaries of Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire and Perseverance, Jasta and crew absolutely leveled Exit / In. While the set focused on those records, the band also tore through favorites like "To The Threshold," "Looking Down The Barrel Of Today", and "Destroy Everything." 

While this show may have been at the tail end of the tour, none of the bands seemed to have slowed down and each one left their mark on the Nashville crowd. It's great to see a tour package that can bring out old and new school hardcore fans while showing that it's possible to be thirty years strong and still doing what you love.