Here’s The Story Behind Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta’s Infamous Answering Machine Threat


Depending on how deeply invested you were in the hardcore scene back in the day (or how deep you’ve delved into the world of YouTube,) you might have heard the below answering machine message left by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta back in the 1990’s, in which he threatened violence against In/Humanity‘s Christopher Bickel.

As Bickel himself relays in a newly posted article, by all accounts Jasta has grown much as a person since the message was left decades ago, and is now seemingly one of the nicest and most positive guys in hardcore/metal out there today. But that’s not to say he didn’t have some ideological and emotional missteps in his youth, as the story reveals.

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While Jasta himself has not responded to the piece, which you can read in full over at, Bickel has told his side of the tale, in which he states that his criticism of Victory Records‘ business practices at the time via a zine was the initial fuel for the call. His allegations that the group’s then label was merely co-opting hardcore culture led to the band confronting him over their unhappiness with it in a near violent (and allegedly homophobic) manner.

A flyer that later circulated recalling that altercation between the band and himself however was the impetus behind the answering machine message being left. That message, should you have not ever heard it, can be heard below:

For the Bickel‘s side of the story, head to

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