The Divinity of Purpose

Hatebreed

The Divinity of Purpose

Anyone who feared that Hatebreed was going the way of doom metal due to the lumbering tempos on its 2009 eponymous album is in for a surprise. According to frontman Jamey Jasta, the metalcore quintet’s sixth studio album was crafted for the pit. The opening single, “Put It to the Torch,” is an instant jolt of fisticuff-friendly aggression. At just more than two minutes, the song explodes with Wayne Lozinak and Frank Novinec blasting thrash-metal riffs alongside a rhythm section approximating an old-school hardcore-punk foundation played at hyper speeds. Similarly, the following “Honor Never Dies” is a solid reminder that many of today’s kindred acts need to step up their games. Over a skull-bludgeoning sonic attack, Jasta wails anthemic war cries and a resonant credo of inner strength: "Sometimes standing for what you believe/Means standing alone." Both the title track and “Nothing Scars Me” are prime examples of Hatebreed’s style of layering new textures against a groundwork rooted in the bygone punk assault of Rollins-era Black Flag and early Suicidal Tendencies.

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