However, Hatebreed shows more diversity on this CD than on their previous effort Supremacy. In addition to Jasta’s usual speaking/shouting style vocals, he also sings on songs such as “In Ashes They Will Reap” and “Every Lasting Scar.” He’s no Rob Halford, but Jasta’s singing fits the music just fine.
The riffs are powerful throughout, as Lozinak and Frank Novinec’s guitars drive the proceedings. You’ll hear a few brief solos as well, like on “Hands Of A Dying Man.” “Everyone Bleeds Now” is a real crusher, with a deliberate tempo and monstrous breakdowns.
“Undiminished” it the biggest change of pace on the album. It’s an instrumental, featuring majestic guitar work and a little less intensity, ending with sparse piano. The tempo and intensity return for “Merciless Tide” and “Pollution Of The Soul.” The album ends with a new edit of “Escape,” the Metallica cover that appeared on For The Lions.
Hatebreed delivers everything you want from a Hatebreed CD: catchy riffs, passionate lyrics, solid musicianship and a plethora of pit-worthy anthems. There are also a few surprises that add some diversity and changes of pace that make it even stronger.
(released September 29, 2009 on E1 Music)