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Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose

Razor & Tie 2013
Hatebreed - The Divinity Of Purpose

Metalcore’s reigning kings of perseverance have returned with their first proper full-length album since 2009. Ever true to form, it finds the band tearing through meaty riffs and bare knuckle bravado; spitting contempt in the face of oppression and encouraging oneself to deliver an ass whooping to adversity.

It’s certainly a well-proven formula for Hatebreed. One that has brought them success in the past and cemented their status as pit commanders. Thus when it comes to creativity, “The Divinity Of Purpose” isn’t exactly a stretch for the band. There is little featured on this album that you haven’t heard on any of Hatebreed‘s recent output. Instead what sets this album apart is not the ingredients—but rather the way they have been prepared.

For as meat(head) and potatoes as Hatebreed can be at times, they certainly know how to write an empowering song. “The Divinity Of Purpose” is chock-full of some of the groups most infectious works to date. Vocalist Jamey Jasta‘s menacing barks and anthemic chants are the crux of this attack. His relentless call and response and the subsequent gang chants that answer back beg for audience interaction. For definitive proof of that look no further than the opening of “Own Your World“.

The asphalt chewing hardcore featured on this album is certainly a career constant and the raw punk element at play here doesn’t go unnoticed. But what really makes this effort emerge a winner is the slicker integration of thrashy riffs and the concise songwriting. There’s little fat to be had as the band barrel through track after track of muscular self-motivation and bitter vitriol. Having purpose has almost always motivated men to greater heights and if this album is any indication, Hatebreed are firmly back on track.

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  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I didn’t even care to listen to this album until I read this review. I doubt that the guitars will have bite they had on Satisfaction is the Death of Desire, but the real question is: will it make me want to take the Hatebreed T-shirt out of storage? Friday is payday, maybe I’ll give this one a try.

    • karlgrz

      I dig Hatebreed, and I dug this record. It’s exactly what I expected from them, which is ok in my book.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      I throw shirts away when I’m done with them.

      • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence

        I put old black ones under my lass if I’m randy enough for redwings.

      • MARIACHI EL willX

        ^haha @ they ate their macaroons in silence.
        good one!

        …and long rumble Hatebreed!

  • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

    Honestly not a big fan of this album, typical hate breed but sonicaly stripped down. Hardcore fans might be disappointed on how same-ee it is.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer

      If it’s 30 minutes of palm-muted head banging I think I might dig it. I’ve been into more esoteric heavy music the last few years; I need some repetitive predictable grooves to clean my palate.

  • MyDarkPassenger

    I liked their last one (at least the “singles” that I can recall) but after so many albums with basically the same formula it’s hard to get excited about listening to a new one. I mean, it’s not like I’m gonna be blown away by the new direction they’ve taken this time around, right? I’ll try it out anyways.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      Incidentally, after commenting the first time I actually read the review and wook got me a bit more eager to hear this. I love the call and response technique in metal. I feel like Children of Bodom use it to perfection (“Banned from Heaven” is a fine example).

  • Daniels0719

    Took sometime to listen and I dig. Could be worse, it could have been like Korn s last BS album or albums, lol

  • CanYouTransfuse

    This album is solid and it’s exactly what this band does best. Good review!

  • BlueBalls

    I saw Hatebreed last night and was pretty impressed with the new shit. I haven’t really cared much about them since Satisfaction but I left the venue last night with a new found respect. They played most of the Satisfaction album too, which obviously contributed greatly to my opinion of the show.

    ETID killled shit as always. They played nearly a full set and just about every song I really wanted to hear. Opening with Floater was fucking sick, especially because everyone was expecting Underwater Bimbos and yelling “I want to be dead with my friends” as they were coming out. It was a welcome surprise. I’m fucking sore and in dire need of a nap. I’m getting too old for this shit.

    If this current ETID/Hatebreed tour rolls through your area, I’d recommend going.

    • adamonfire

      The last 2 or 3 times I’ve seen them ETID didn’t open with Underwater Bimbos… I was expecting it each time as well. Bored Stiff kicked it off in Lansing, and Floater in Detroit. I was considering seeing them tomorrow in Toledo but I’m on the fence about going to the festival; Sevendust tonight ninja!