4 years is a rather long time between albums but Hatebreed being a very traditional metalcore band need not worry about a dwindling audience given that they’re one of the bands at the forefront of crossover thrash and hardcore punk.
Divinity of Purpose is the sixth studio album by the band. Hatebreed seems to be better known for the CNN fiasco in 2012 where they were called a “white power” band. CNN later became aware of the error and issued an apology.
Musically, Divinity of Purpose is no different from the previous Hatebreed records. The band has created a tried and tested template that they ease into every time but I’ll be damned if the record isn’t repeat worthy. The album is a no-frills, pure metalcore experience guaranteed to satiate existing fans.
It starts with Put It to The Torch, a ferocious and worthy beginning. Jamey Jasta’s vocals are tight.
Honor Never Dies has really cheesy lyrics but to be fair, what metal album doesn’t get preachy at some point? They go like this: Sometimes standing for what you believe/ Means standing alone/When the limelight grows dim/And our heroes fade away/Some men still find silent battles until their final days
Cheesy? Yes, definitely.
Own Your World and The Language get you fairly pumped up which is what this album is about. Repetitive although catchy choruses and tight drumming hold the record together.
Before The Fight Ends has the attitude that could rock a stadium. It seems like a song that would be great to watch Hatebreed play live.
What’s instantly appreciable is that the band has stayed true to it’s original sound that is raw and aggressive.
The worst song on the album is Idolized and Vilified. It just doesn’t seem like a proper end and kind of fails the record in the end. In comparison, Nothing Scars Me and Boundless sound much better.
Matt Byrne earns a mention here, his drumming is tight throughout the 38 minutes of the record. Chris Beattie on bass seems to get lost somewhere and none of the bass section really stands out. Jamey Jasta on vocals carries it through really well, losing none of the raw energy.
Overall, The Divinity of Purpose is a decent album to get you pumped up. I can only imagine what it’d be like to hear this live.
Rating : 3/5