Consistency is the reason that Hatebreed is one of the most well-known and popular hardcore bands in music. They continually put out fist pumping, hard driving music that puts out a positive message. After a while of cranking out similar sounding music can be the end of a band. Hatebreed somehow knows how to tweak their style just enough here and there to maintain their current fan base and garner the attention of newbies. I think their last album did just that by throwing in a few elements of metal in with their signature hardcore sound.
The new record out January 29th, The Divinity of Purpose, showcases more of the same from their last album. I know that sounds bad, but actually it is more of a good thing. The marriage of metal guitar riffs and faster, metal drumming is not a complicated innovation, but it is sometimes the simplest solutions that bear the most worthwhile fruit. The combination of those styles breathes a new life into the band and I am glad it was not a fading fad. I was worried with the first two songs on the album because it had the normal Hatebreed vibe which is good, but I noticed I have been growing weary of that since I have heard the same song in different variances over a decade. I am glad they decided to step out of the mold, even if it is just a small step, on the next few songs.
One of thei rnew songs from the album The Divinity Of Purpose
Here is a cool breakdown of the song by Jasta.
The tune Own Your World was the Hatebreed that Darwin would be proud to have discovered. It has just enough evolution to survive, but not drastic enough of a change to disrupt its environment. “Fist up/Head high/We own the fucking world tonight,” is a chorus that won’t leave your conscious mind any time soon. A little faster tempo on the drumming and some more metallic sounding riffs set this song apart as a killer anthem with a positive message. No band does it better in my opinion.
Hatebreed also harkens back to some old school punk with the song Indivisible with some signature punk drumming in the beginning before it breaks down into more traditional hardcore in the chorus. Even Jamie’s vocals have some punk type yelling and completely remind me of the genre. I am invigorated by the diversity in this album and by the band itself. Hardcore can become a repetitive genre and Hatebreed is making sure that you will not tire of their new album with the amount of different styles present on the new material, however slight.
Overall the album is solid all the way through with a good amount of tempo changes weaving their way through the album. The last song Idolized and Vilified has such an intense calm about it that you want to get pumped up by relaxing to it. I know that doesn't seem like it makes sense but if you use this record as a workout regime, than this song is the perfect cool down and appropriately placed on the album. I’ll be honest, I love the fast songs on here such as Boundless (Time To Murder It) and Own Your World, but even the slower tempo of Dead Man Breathing gets my body moving in a more calculating way that may not be as violently sporadic, but just as passionate. The last thing I should warn you about is the opening bass line from the title track on this record. You will get goose bumps.
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