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  • very good album, great from the first song to the last. good and heavy m/

    Posted on March 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I can’t believe that I have been listening to Hatebreed for over 10 years now. Back then their songs were the soundtrack to my life and the barriers I was overcoming. This album is more of the same and although I’m not as angry as when I was younger and my life is actually pretty good, these Hatebreed songs can help inspire anybody that is going through some adversities in life. To me Hatebreed has always been more about the message than anything else.

    Posted on March 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s too bad that Supremacy wasn’t as well promoted as Hatebreed had hoped it’d be. It was a good record. So after leaving Roadrunner Records, they signed an interim deal with Koch Records to put out a few releases before they figured out where they wanted to go with the next record. Soon came Live Dominance, a badass live dvd with a killer show filmed in Detroit featuring a long setlist of some of their heaviest, and best songs ever written. Then there was For The Lions, the covers album featuring songs written by Slayer, Metallica, Cro-Mags, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, and many others. A live album that was recorded in Texas with Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah) co-producing was promised, but has not been released to this day (where’s my live cd, Hatebreed?). Anyway, here we are with the band’s self-titled effort which sees them back on an independent label after spending time putting out records on Universal and Roadrunner, this time on E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). Longtime guitarist Sean Martin is gone, but longtime friend and ex-guitarist Wayne Lozinak is back and is showing that he hasn’t slowed down one bit. I know it seems cliché to say that the band has matured as they really haven’t matured much over the years, but this record is probably about as mature as it gets. The band has found a way to keep things fresh this time rather than putting out another album with the same sound as they have with the last couple of records. There’s actually some thrash metal moments, and Jamey Jasta even tries out some use of clean vocals to make it more interesting. Overall, a devastating record. I almost passed on this thinking that Supremacy would be the last great record the band would put out. From Perseverance and onward, each album got heavier and heavier, and I wasn’t sure where they’d go with the new one. This shows me they’ve got more tricks than I thought.

    Posted on March 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hatebreed has been a band which I have always enjoyed, but never really thought they lived up to the hype surrounding them. Sure, Jasta is a great vocalist and frontman. I dig the whole eastcoast hardcore scene, mostly my favorite tough-guy gansta-core rockers Merauder. (They have an AMAZING new cd out now called God Is I. It is impossible to find in stores due to record company problems – pick it up here on Amazon.) I have dug out my Hatebreed catalogue when the time seemed right. They just were not a band that I could always listen to. On their self-titled record, this has changed. In recent years, Jasta has been bravely honest about his struggles with depression and feelings of being a hypocrite while he spouts venomous lyrics of hope and overcoming adversity while he secretly felt hopeless and defeated. This served as inspration for side projects Icepick and Kingdom of Sorrow. Now it seems the man from Connecticut has come full circle and is steering his fulltime band into new territory for hardcore. This was alluded to by the stellar cover disc For The Lions. Taking risks such as the cover of Metallica’s early melodic thrash tune Escape made Jasta actually (::GASP::) SING! Blaphemy, you say. Kudos, I say. Back on the last true Hatebreed studio record I reported strains of melody in the guitar passages. Those are expounded on Hatebreed and harken back to such hardcore pioneers as Minor Threat, D.R.I., Bad Brains, and even Fugazi. This is great to hear from a band and frontman who seemed destined to be the filler band to take up the slack behind Sick Of It All, Vision Of Disorder, Merauder, etc… By opening up the sonic structure of what it means to be a Hatebreed record these guys have created what is in my opinion their first true classic. This release will stand apart from the previous discs on its diversity, honesty, and ingenuity. My hat is off to Hatebreed. Welcome to the hardcore elite. Five stars.

    Posted on March 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Just when you thought Hatebreed couldn’t get any louder and heavier, they crank out their best album yet! Hatebreed’s self titled release combines everything you love about hatebreed and puts it all together again. I own every Hatebreed album they have released and while I was disappointed with there last album which was a cover album called “For The Lions”, which had them changing their style to fit the other bands who did the songs Hatebreed covered. On thier fifth release self titled album they continue the Hatebreed tradition and provide better lyrics and raise the intensity. These guys sound better than ever and show you that they are unstoppable when it comes to hardcore metal.

    If you liked their other albums you will love this one. It sounds like Hatebreed on steriods and louder than ever. Thank you Hatebreed for your best album with fresh lyrics and that powerful hardcore style.

    Posted on March 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now