SUB. REVIEW: HATEBREED’S “THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE”

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Co-produced by Hatebreed, Zeuss (Suicide Silence, All That Remains, Shadows Fall) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold), Hatebreed’s The Divinity Of Purpose is an insightful offering of unapologetic, triumphant hardcore. The unprecedented antiquarian album cover was painted by Eliran Kantor and represents the internal struggle between darkness and light. The album’s visually striking art is only matched in passion and intensity by reverent lyrics. Loyal Hatebreed fans will notice slightly more metaphorical themes than previous releases as Jamey’s action provoking lyrics grapple with current societal conditions for internal plight and give encouragement to forge ahead despite oncoming challenges. This album is power packed in true favor of the fans with gang shout laden war stompers that create stories of modern unified battle lore with riveting bass lines and thunderous drums that will leave you spitting teeth in its wake. Songs like, “Before The Fight,” “Own Your World,” and “Boundless (Time To Murder It)” beg for stage dives and mosh pits creating a balance of tracks best serve live and those such as the title track “The Divinity Of Purpose,” which seek depth and introspection and still possess that classic Hatebreed scream-along energy that has rendered the band a staple in the hardcore scene. Overall, The Divinity Of Purpose is a solid addition to the essential Hatebreed discography and will be released January 29, 2013 in the U.S./Canada via Razor & Tie and on January 25th in the U.K./Europe (via Nuclear Blast).

Hatebreed

The Divinity of Purpose

Review by Ebony Jeanette