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The Rise of Brutality

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  • Hatebreed has been one of the most noteable names in the true spirit of hardcore music. Of course, they are signed to a major label. After listening to “Perseverance,” listeners will understand why. Not only that, Jamey Jasta is one of the hardest working people in the industry today. Out of all of this, The Rise of Brutality is far better than any Hatebreed release to this date. These guys always manage to out do themselves with each release. Jamey Jasta has always been angry and yet his lyrics are a bit monotone, the powerful message couldn’t be anymore clearer. The whole concept behind the Hatebreed message is motivational in terms of harnessing agression and making something of it. Those who don’t feel this message might dismiss this album as garbage. Meanwhile to those of us who have felt everything amongst the brutal guitar riffs and deeply moving words, not to mention the surprisingly catchy vocal hooks, Hatebreed listeners grow by the masses. When I first heard “Satisfaction is the Death of Desire” years ago, I’d never imagine these guys to remain so heavy yet vastly improve in talent and really make something powerful out of it. Hits like “This is Now” (definitely the caliber of “I will be Heard”), “Another Day, Another Vandetta,” “A Lesson Lived is a Lesson Learned” and so on makes this the most powerful and consistent release to this date. All four members really know what metal is. Sean Martin has really achieved the feat of handling two guitar parts well solo. The rhythm is fast and remains fierce in attack. I’m surprised Jamey hasn’t lost his voice yet like Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under. Check this album out and check Jamey hosting Headbanger’s Ball. Truly in the spirit of hardcore yet schooled in true metal, you won’t be let down.

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’m probably not your typical “hardcore” listener. I love various styles of jazz, classical, rock, and multiple other genres. I’m in my thirties, which probably makes me much older than most who love this stuff.At that age, I can tell you that the “who is heavier” argument I often see on reviews of these types is really silly. You can find a few of those in reviews here. “They’re not heavy, so they suck.” I chalk it up to complete and total immaturity…when I was in junior high, the who was heavier arguments used to rage on between slayer, venom, metallica and megadeth fans. But then we grew up, and once you grow up my young friends, you’ll come to realize that the “who is heavier” argument is really stupid. The simple question to ask yourself is do you like this music, pure and simple. Don’t categorize it, or qualify it, just enjoy it. And if you don’t enjoy it, move on.Now for the CD-this is my first hatebreed cd, and I’m very pleased. I brought it on the strength of “this is now” and have been pleasantly surprised. If you like that song, you’ll most likely thoroughly enjoy the CD, as it doesn’t vary much from that theme. Plenty of angry shouting of some great lyrics over a distorted guitar a pounding bassline, and some loud drums.The production quality of the CD is much higher than what I expected for music of this nature. In the ‘old days’ this kind of stuff usually sounded like it was being recorded in a basement or bathroom. The lyrics are also worth mentioning, and really are what make the CD in my opinion. Its almost therapy in an audio form. If you’ve struggled before with depression, you’ll understand that depression is anger turned inward. Well, on this CD, Jasta lets us all turn that anger outward, in a defiant “I will not go down without swinging” blast of rock and roll (or heavy punk, or whatever you’re dumb label is) rebellion. As a youth who was often shouted down by religious parents, I can truly appreciate the lyrics to “Facing what consumes you.” When Jasta tells his enemy that “”You want me to hold my tongue Then why the f*** am I here? You want me to bottle my rage Cause you never had the heart to say what I say,” I think we all can relate.”This is now”, has a very upbeat message, and says hey, at one point I didn’t even want to live, but now I’m here to fight on, and change what I can myself right at this very moment because worrying about the future is useless if I don’t do something immediately. Again, I think that’s something we can relate to, and is a good message.In Doomsayer Jasta decries someone who “wants respect in your life, but you’ll never earn it.” We all know people who want something for nothing, and why should we respect them or kowtow to people who don’t do something to earn our respect?I could go on, but I think you get the picture.A Fine blast of loud guitars, outstanding lyrics, and yeah every song is essentially shouted. I almost equate it to Rollins of old—good spoken word music, its just we’re speaking a bit louder than usual.Recommended.

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Awesome Album.The songs portray a positive attitude to life through an aggressive framework. The vocalist actually screams with intellect, not like other vocalists that scream at random for the mere sake of it, which makes him look like an idiot. The songs are aggressive but still maintain a melodic element to it. This album is definitely their best.Best songs:Pretty much the entire album.

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was really lukewarm on “Perseverance”. I wrote a so-so review about it and I very rarely listen to it. It was almost unlistenable (especially at first), because it was made for the vocals (there is little emphasis on the instruments and the vocals were just like track after track of bellowing). And now when “Rise of Brutality” came out, I heard Jamie Jasta’s voice wasn’t at all altered, so I assumed that this album was just like “Perseverance”. Then I heard the sample tracks on hatebreed.com and they sounded good, so I went out on a limb and bought “Rise of Brutality”. Let me tell ya, I’m glad I gave Although Jasta’s voice doesn’t fluctuate, it doesn’t mean Hatebreed have made “Perseverance: Part Two” because Hatebreed a chance. I like this C.D. a lot more than their last, because it is about 50% harder and faster and the instruments are much more present, noticeable, and generally better. There are even several short, good, almost-solos. The instruments are more than just background noise, here; Jasta actually has to compete with them. Coupled with the vocals, there is an overal good, cool, headbangin’ sound–almost Slayer-esque at times. On the opening track, Hatebreed pick up where they left off on their last album, with “Break it Down” (also the last song on “Perseverance”), turning the riff into a song and making it longer. A one word scat (“WACK”), making it also very catchy. Hatebreed explodes out of the gate with this catchy, awesome song and never let up until the album is finished. “Facing What Consumes You” finally does what I’ve been waiting for Hatebreed to do for a while, and (as expected) they do it well: Funky, grungy, catchy, hooky, vibrant guitar riffs with a bobbing beat and no vocals. I can just see the entire crowd at a Hatebreed concert slamming their heads and moshing. During “Live for This” the singer has about 3 seconds of acapella, where the beat was going as fast as a Viper and thus, when it stopped Jasta went flying through the windshield.And although it might not be as easy to listen to on headphones(and I probably won’t very often), it’s great to listen to in the car. I drove around listening to this in the car all afternoon, with the volume up as loud as possible. Unlike rap, that’s how this music is meant to be played. Not only is the guitar improved, but the bass and drums are as well. They “anchor the songs and make them an inpenetrable wall of volume”–Revolver. Sometimes I would look into the rear view mirror and see the bass riffs make the windows shake. “The Rise of Brutality” is an appropriate title for this album, as there isn’t a hint of melody. But Hatebreed differ from other hardcore acts. They are decent human beings just trying to achieve the American Dream. Jamie Jasta is among the top three (if not THE) hardest workers in metal today. He writes most of Hatebreed’s music and all of their lyrics, is the host of “Heabangers Ball”, tours almost incessantly (even on off days when on tour for opening for another band, he squeezes in a couple of shows for kids who aren’t financially stable), is Hatebreed’s Public Relations guy, and even when Hatebreed are on break, he produces other music (Agnostic Front). He is as much a business man as he is a musician, therefore he only manages about three hours of sleep a night. In addition, Jasta’s lyrics are different than those of say Slipknot’s. They are definately not Satanic and even include hints of advice and optimism to his listeners (i.e.: “A lesson lived is a lesson learned,” “If you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothng”, “How can I change tomorrow if I can’t change today”, “Until you gain some self-respect…for once, just stand up and fight”, “Facing what consumes you is the only way to be free.”) This makes Hatebreed appeal to the metalheads but not put them in a depressing, suicidal mood. Despite the occasional “F” word, his lyrics are clean. So, parents: don’t be detered by the “Parental Advisory” logo.Although it’s definately not an easy listen and won’t appeal to 90% of the population, it’s great to listen to in the car and when in a certain mood or when you want to get “pumped up”. Hatebreed is essential for any metalhead (fans of Slayer, Slipknot, Six Feet Under, etc), and thus I definately reccomend it to any Hatebreed fan (and any hardcore fan for that matter.) If you were like me and were only so-so on Perseverance, don’t get this C.D. until you’ve enough of it to make an opinion. But listen with an open mind!

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • To recap this album:

    1. Take brick in hand…

    2. Smash head..

    3. Repeat…

    It’s that good…

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now