One of the most misconstrued images that metal creates is that it is all about hate and violence. While there are artists in the metal world that do include violent imagery and themes into their works, a lot of it isn’t necessarily because they want to actually hurt others. In some cases, the band’s lyrics (when you pay close enough attention) can actually be meant to inspire hope and overcoming adversity.
Such is the case for Bridgeport, Connecticut metalcore act Hatebreed. On their seventh studio effort The Divinity of Purpose, the quintet delivers hard-hitting, inspirational, pure metal. Ripping through twelve guttural tracks fueled by chugging guitars, pounding drums, and the intensified yet highly motivational vocal styling of vocalist Jamey Jasta, fans who have been anticipating new material since the collective’s self-titled was released in 2009 will NOT be disappointed. The production value of the record increased immensely, making the constant chugging riffs of guitarists Frank Novenic and Wayne Lozinak sound even heavier than usual. The album clocks in just under forty minutes, leaving both old and new fans of Hatebreed anticipating the band’s next move. Let’s just hope that next time, we won’t have to wait five years.
Label: Razor & Tie