To omen666: Hatebreed is hardcore… not death-metal. Your review sounded as ignorant as you. Hatebreed has outstanding riffs and beats with a positive message in almost everyone one of thier songs. I’d be hard-pressed to find a song that I didn’t like on this album. If I wanted to listen about death/dying/rotting/body parts falling off… I’d listen to that other crap you mentioned. The point I’m trying to make is, don’t try to compare different bands when they’re obviously different genres.
Hatebreed’s unrepentant heaviness puts other Ozzfest alumni to shame. The Connecticut-bred quintet combine elements of old-school hardcore with death-metal intensity for a metal-core sound that, with melodic guitar moments and double-kick drums, finds them equally suited for tours with Entombed and Danzig. On Perseverance, Hatebreed’s major-label debut, the underground favorites have not sacrificed any musical or lyrical principles–or any aggression–turning in 16 tracks of unrelenting force, with most tunes clocking in at under three minutes. In ”You’re Never Alone,” vocalist Jamey Jasta cuts to the chase in engaging his audience. ”This is for the kids who have nowhere to turn, who have nothing to live for,” he barks, encouraging fans to use ”hatred to do the right thing.” Especially anthemic is the shout-along ”I Will Be Heard,” while the speedy punk-mosh mania of ”We Still Fight” is enough to raise blood pressures. If Slayer and Pantera are your idea of ear candy, Perseverance is just what the doctor ordered. –Katherine Turman
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I’m sorry but Hatebreed just make me wanna reach for my old Black Flag albums and listen to hardcore that was actually hard and thoughtful. If you like monotone screaming accompanied by repetive, harmonically retarded guitar riffs and forgetable drums and bass, this cd is for you. Some of the lyrics aspire to a greater level than a drunken, spoiled frat boy on a date rape binge, which is good and why this album gets 2 stars instead of one. However I get the feeling that most of the singers experiences come from playing too many video games and watching TV news. I like my metal evil, not just brutal and screw the self-help lyrics, I forgave whatever crimes my parents commited against me a long time ago. Very teenage. No art to it and ultimately dull.
Hatebreed’s major label debut “Perseverance” brings in a much more polished sound than the band’s past releases. J. Jasta’s voice is louder than ever, the guitars are cinder block heavy, and the album is not recommeded for those looking for something in the way of “easy-listening.” The fact of the matter is that “Perseverance” is one of the most aggressive albums to come from U.S. shores in quite sometime. The band itself derives many influences ranging from hardcore, heavy metal, and thrash genres. The lyrical content of each song deal with a variety of issues ranging from aggression, hatred, loss, and even goes as far as songs of encouragement and inspiration. The shining moments include songs like “I Will Be Heard”, “Below the Bottom”(my top pick), “Hollow Ground”, “Final Prayer”w/ a guest guitar solo from Slayer’s very own Kerry King, and so on. This CD is great for fans of the hardcore genre, Slayer, Pantera, and so on. Depending on how you look at it, “Perseverance” will either make you wanna rock, or it’ll just beat you senseless. Judging by the sound Hatebreed has to offer on this album, I see a bright future ahead for these guys, don’t be left in the dark. I also recommend the band’s 1997 debut “Satisfaction is the Death of Desire.”
It was inevitable that after Hatebreed’s indie smash “Satisfaction is the Death of Desire” that they would soon make the jump to a major label. Most of Hatebreed’s fans felt that this would see the selling out of the band. Thankfully though, Hatebreed has maintained their integrity, and has released one hell of a wicked major label debut with “Perseverance”. Lead singer Jamey Jasta belts out rhythmic screams while the rest of the band carries on a death metal/grindcore-esque rhythm that is very reminiscent of later Slayer material (Slayer guitarist Kerry King offers his guitar talents on the track “Final Prayer”). Those who have never listened to Hatebreed before, and are more suited to listen to schlock rock bands like Linkin Park, Creed, and Limp Bizkit, will find Jasta’s voice grating and annoying, but for older metalheads who remember the days of greatness from Slayer, old Sepultura, early Fear Factory, and Pantera will dig it immediately. “I Will Be Heard”, “Your Never Alone”, “Final Prayer”, “Unloved”, and “Smash Your Enemies” are great grinding songs that actually have a real meaning behind them and aren’t pretend, phony, or religious. All in all, “Perseverance” might not be as good as the indie classic “Satisfaction is the Death of Desire”, but this is one of the best metal albums of the year.
“Perseverance” is fast, hard, metal, hardcore, and basic. Thrash metal, death metal; whatever you may call it, the first CD for a major label by this group is just as unrepentant as any self-produced metal group ever thought to be.Hatebreed is beyond the pale for me. I always thought I liked metal (I do), I know I like progressive rock, and I always thought I liked music that challenged the perception of what music can be. However, this music pushes my definition of the envelope so far that the envelope may have popped. After a discussion with the person that loaned me this CD, I realize that this group is likely much better in concert with a nearby mosh pit in which you can express the adrenaline generated by this music. The music is loud, very loud, in fact. The lyrics are yelled, not sung. The riffs are continuous, and the bass is heavy. The sound never lets up from beginning to end.If you like metal, but your idea of metal is groups like King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and early Black Sabbath, this music may be too far out for you. Certainly it is not for us old guys that thought we were keeping up with the times. I think the times have passed me by. Three stars because the music is good, but the lyrics are not challenging, and the singing style has no variation. I wonder where this group will evolve to?