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Hatebreed - 'Hatebreed'

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Hatebreed - Hatebreed

Hatebreed - Hatebreed

E1 Music
It’s only been a few months since Hatebreed released the covers album For The Lions, and the faithful will be pleased with the prompt arrival of their self-titled fifth studio album. It features the return of guitarist Wayne Lozinak (who also played on For The Lions) after more than a decade away from the band. After more than 15 years, Hatebreed hasn’t lost any anger or passion.
Hatebreed kicks off with “Become The Fuse,” an anthemic rager that’s destined to become a staple of live shows. The album is packed with up-tempo, aggressive and cathartic tracks that are both intense and catchy. Jamey Jasta has a knack for writing lyrics that aren’t necessarily poetic or subtle, but are direct and instantly memorable.

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)

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