Hatebreed have always been a consistent band, and every album causes me to wonder "will they get it wrong this time?" before my first listen. Because let's be honest, hardcore is a genre that you can either do well or really fucking badly. 4 years on from their eponymous last effort, and 2 years since Jamey Jasta's surprisingly impressive solo album, Hatebreed are once again to FUCK. YOUR. SHIT. UP!!!
Hatebreed have come out swinging (as always) and they're not taking any prisoners on this album. Each song is like a punch to the face, being catchy as fuck as well as crushingly heavy. This is Hatebreed once again on fine form doing what they do best - heavy as fuck riffs and breakdowns, lots of bass, pounding drums and Jasta's inimitable vocals and lyrical style.
There are some great breakdowns on this album, particularly "Dead Man Breathing", "Boundless (Time To Murder It)" and "Honour Never Dies", causing me to imagine some great moments in the pit that the new album would bring. The band even shows a bit of their more melodic side with some of Jasta's new clean vocals on "Nothing Scars Me", definitely one of my favourites on this album. These guys sound as pissed off ever but somehow refined and comfortable. These guys are on their best form and they know it.
All in all, this is a great addition to Hatebreed's excellent catalogue of work, and while it might not be my favourite (Supremacy has that honour), it's definitely among their best and there doesn't seem to be any chance of them slowing down soon. Long live Hatebreed.
Check this out if: you like the band or love hardcore, either way you won't be disappointed
For fans of: Hatebreed, Sworn Enemy, Madball, Agnostic Front
The Divinity Of Purpose is out now on Razor & Tie (US) and Nuclear Blast Records (Europe)