HATEBREED - The Divinity of Purpose [Review]

Release date: January 21st, 2013
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Razor & Tie
Website: www.hatebreed.com

Rating: 8.5/10
Reviewer: Moe Ezz

Hardcore heavyweights, HATEBREED, return with their 6th studio release (and the second to feature returning guitarist Wayne Lozinak).

The band's latest effort (titled The Divinity of Purpose; out now via Razor & Tie) is a fresh take on HATEBREED's signature formula of hardcore meets metal. It's hard to label the band as a metalcore act, and it's hard to label them as a hardcore act. But over the years they've managed to earn a fan base from both camps, and with their new release, it should please both sides. While there is more thrash metal influences thrown in the mix, the band still manages to belt out vintage hardcore.

Songs like "The Language" and "Before the Fight" wear their thrash influences on the sleeves, blending Slayer-like riffs with intense grooves; made to start some insane pits. While the album's title track and "Nothing Scars Me", reign in vintage HATEBREED.
Jamey Jasta sounds great, and provides fresh lyrics of triumphant perseverance; dealing with man's struggle with good and evil; "the light and the darkness." It'll definitely get you pumped during work-outs!

The Divinity of Purpose presents a more metallic HATEBREED, bringing in more thrash influences to the mix, while maintaining their hardcore roots. It's a fresh take on the band's vintage formula, that ultimately doesn't compromise their sound.


Recommended tracks: Before the Fight, The Language, The Divinity of Purpose, Own Your World, Put It To The Torch, Honor Never Dies, Nothing Scars Me. 

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