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.