Hate by Design

Album: Incarnate (2016)


  • This angry rocker was the second single (following "Strength of the Mind") from Killswitch Engage's seventh album, Incarnate. In our interview with the band's guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, he said the song is about how "society has become led by a lot of bigotry and stupidity, and a lot just bad-minded people."
  • Lead singer Jesse Leach expanded on the song's meaning to TeamRock, saying: "'It's tearing us apart' was the tagline of this song for me. It's one of the hooks I made sure was in there and if you listen during the chorus, you'll hear it."

    "The song is about all of us," Leach continued. "If you pay attention to what's going on in the world, you're going to get overwhelmed. I'm affected by it. I allowed myself to be affected by it by paying attention and watching the news, and the terrible stuff they put on. This song was my reaction to that."
  • Asked by Kerrang what was the best part of writing the track, Jesse Leach replied: "It was when I was able to listen to the finished song. I heard it in my head a certain way, and was thrilled that I was able to reproduce that sound on record. To me it's an anthem for where we are now in society."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Pam Tillis

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater RevivalFact or Fiction

Is "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" about Vietnam? Was John Fogerty really born on a Bayou? It's the CCR edition of Fact or Fiction.

British Invasion

British InvasionFact or Fiction

Go beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.