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.