We have hit No. 1, and it's bittersweet for me. Going through this list has really made me recall some incredible memories. It reminded me of a time when my musical tastes were being shaped and after looking back on this list, I can see so clearly where our new EP came from.
I heard Hatebreed for the first time in my sister's car. I remember her telling me, "This is the hardest fucking band you are ever gonna hear." She had no clue how right she was and how they would go on to continue to be the hardest fucking band out there still to this day!
At the top, we have the sickest breakdown ever written with Hatebreed's "Proven." I have seen this breakdown destroy 2,000 people, and I have also seen it destroy 10,000 people. This song set the tone for their entire legacy and really came out swinging on their second full length, Perseverance.
This album, along with an unbelievable touring schedule, blew this band up. This breakdown at the end of “Proven” made me feel like I could lift trees out of the ground and knock over entire buildings. It's the hardest breakdown ever written.
The overall message was exactly what I needed at a time when I didn’t know if I wanted to continue living. The chorus riff is ignorantly heavy. When they hit the bridge into that double bass roll you know the song is about to take a turn in a 'money riff' direction. That slight hesitation and pause that happens right before that ending riff creates an ominous feeling. When that riff starts it's a call to arms. You know you are about to go to war. It is time to release any negative energy you possess and "Smash your enemies."