The joke's on you, Norway. American metalheads don't have to burn down churches to prove they're tough—you don't have to manufacture violence when there's already plenty to go around. Likewise, Connecticut hardcore outfit Hatebreed doesn't resort to singing (or screaming, rather) about dragons or trolls, because the horrors of the modern world make far scarier bogeymen than anything Tolkien ever dreamed up. So, if you're looking for grandiose, operatic gestures in your metal, you're in the wrong place; this band's punk-influenced thrash is relentless, stopping only to introduce weighty, crushing breakdowns that will have fans falling over one another in a heaving mass of heavily tattooed bodies. Hatebreed have spent years climbing the ranks of the metal scene, growing from a promising young band into a flagship act accustomed to sharing a stage with the genre's legends, so there won't be any shortage of fodder for the mosh pit. Fans of pure sonic brutality should take note: There's no makeup here, just sheer ferocity. With Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, Born of Osiris, and Hate Eternal. All ages.
Wed., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., 2009
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