Supremacy was the culmination of Hatebreed’s effort to create the perfect blend of metal and hardcore. The album was unrelenting yet catchy and powered through its short runtime with nary a bit of filler in sight. With that success under their belt, the band moved towards a more metal-dominated sound on their self-titled release; and who could blame them? It wasn’t like there was much chance of them surpassing Supremacy, and it was probably time for a change anyway. Apparently, their self-titled release was enough to get rid of the metal itch, because The Divinity of Purpose finds the band right back in the thick of their metalized hardcore sound with just a bit more punk influence than previous releases.
Right off the bat, it should be noted that this release isn’t going to knock Supremacy from its pedestal, but it’s still pretty damn good. It’s the Hatebreed-patented blend of metal and hardcore that they’ve been doing from the beginning without much deviation, and fans should love it. It has the high-energy tempos, pounding drums, metalized hardcore riffs and Jamey Jasta’s throaty shout – oh yeah, it has breakdowns too… did I mention breakdowns? It also has the unrelenting intensity that was slightly lacking from their self-titled album. What else should a Hatebreed album really have – this isn’t supposed to be music for rocket scientists, it’s supposed to get you pumped and ready to lift heavy things and put them back down again.
For those that loved the increased metal influence of their previous album, there is still some of that left, too. There’s the melodic lead during the chorus of ‘Honor Never Dies’, the ripping solo in ‘The Language’ and a pretty cool bass part on ‘Before the Fight Ends You’. ‘Dead Man Breathing’ even brings back a little of thatSouth of Heaven influence that was infused throughout the self-titled album. Of course, the excessively positive/self-empowering lyrics do lead to a few cringe-worthy moments (as they always have) such as during the call and response of, “Who’s got more heart than you – No One”. Anyone that is into the band has either learned to love those lyrics or ignore them, so it’s not really a deal breaker. Overall, The Divinity of Purpose is Hatebreed by the numbers, and most fans probably wouldn’t have it any other way.
Who really expects Hatebreed to stray too far away from the formula they’ve used since their debut when it continues to work so well? The Divinity of Purpose isn’t going to surprise fans or detractors with its metal/hardcore blend, and it’s not going to impress those that irrationally expect every release to be a mind-blowing exercise in progression and experimentation. On the other hand, it should impress long-time fans and satiate their desire for no-frills, in your face music. In fact, with less emphasis on metal, Hatebreed have even managed to up the intensity levels again; and what is Hatebreed without intensity?
So a while back I wrote something on the Rise Above Facebook regarding a workout that we did. I recieved a comment/question (from a so called trainer) that read “what is the scientific reasoning behind this workout?”. Needless to say I didnt leave the comment on the board. I was going to just reply to him and post “who fucking cares what it is”. Instead I just said out loud to myself. Look I studied that same anatomy as other trainers and I understand that there is a science to fitness but lets face it sometimes you just want to do programs that are just balls to the wall cause you like it and it makes you feel accomplished.
Now I surf some of the popular fitness websites and forums and read a lot of what people have to offer cause in this business you can never read to much! Or can you? I think lately there is to much information(ego) out there. People boasting that what they say is correct because of SCIENCE!!!!!! WOW!!!! trainer X you are so smart and use words that I can’t spell (I almost misspelt spell) so you must be the be all, end all. Nevermind that you yourself look like shit and I would never want your body. You read more books. You must be the shit!
During this journey of mine through the magical forest of fitness I have come across people who admire and people I don’t. People whose programs and philosophies I like and people I don’t. I have also realised that there is a major lack of personality in the industry and 10000000000000 scientific reasons for executing a certain lift or tempo or rest period. With so many theories I all sort of goes in the wash together. The best is when I see people on forums that argue their scientific or non scientific with each other. It’s like religion for meatheads! It can go on for days and days and years. NO one is wrong and NO one is right. People have their views and that’s that. In closing I feel the best way to defend yourself from the battlefield of knowledge is to find programs and philosophies that work for you. Try things out. If it doesn’t work then try something different. It’s like buying a car. Take that shit for a test drive and see if you like it yourself. Don’t keep that car long-term if it keeps breaking down. Find what works stick to it and evolve with it. If you hit a road block then mix it up.
If you think I am wrong than you are right. Guess what? So are you! Lets all just hold hands and skip down the street and be wrong together. It’s called Belief!
Brandan of Bleeding Through
Matt Bruso is back as Frontman for Hardcore Giants Bury Your Dead! It’s full of Gang vocals, knuckle dragging detuned riffs, and plenty of neck breaking breakdowns to "Mosh N Roll" to! No offense to Mike Terry, but Bury Your Dead is meant to be this way! Bury Your Fucking Dead!
Key Track: “Blue Beard”
Grieves is Hip-Hop you can relate to! I saw him at this years Warped Tour and Benjamin Laub (Grieves) dominated the Skullcandy Stage! His Rhymesayers Entertainment debut "Together/Apart", has been described as “musical therapy for those who find themselves caught under the pressures of life”. Grieves teams up with his very good friend producer Budo, who plays guitar, trumpet, and keyboard ,over Grieves detailed storytelling, that brings together a soulful atmosphere. It’s safe to say Grieves is part of the future of Hip-Hop!
Key Track: “Boogieman”
Eastcoast Hardcore Hip-Hop at it’s Best. Apathy doesn’t fuck around here, his wordplay is brilliant! This is straight forward no bullshit/no fillers Hip-Hop, that features production from Evidence and DJ Premiere. "Honkey King" is without a doubt Apathy’s best album to date.
Key track: “The Villain” Featuring Ill Bill.
Poland’s finest Death Metal Titans Vader are back with their 9th release, "Welcome to the Morbid Reich"! Yes this album plays safe, but it’s far from being stale and boring. This fine release is full of nods and throwbacks to old school Malevolent Creation and classic Deicide! It brings forth very fluid impressive solos and blistering thrashing speeds to bring on a Moshpit the size of China. Guitarist "Spider" shines through out Morbid Reich. One hell of a guitarist who is defnitely not far behind Trey Azagthoth. *Sigh* If only Morbid Angel would go back to pure Death Metal. But Alas, this is Vader we are talking about and they are doing a damn good job keeping true Death Metal alive!
Key track: “I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul”