Apparently CNN found it pertinent to research hateful racist hardcore bands last year after the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. Despite being a national news organization and if they were wrong everyone would, uh, know — they failed at the actual “research” aspect and labeled Hatebreed a racist band. Until CNN discovered the band wasn’t breeding any hate, fans pretty much said (as the kids do) LOL (for more on music and the media, read this previous editorial).
As inaccurate as CNN was, Hatebreed’s purpose for decades has been to serve a form of hardcore punk and crossover metal that speaks to all ages, races and genders. The band’s sixth and latest album, The Divinity of Purpose, dishes out the kind of Tri-state hardcore that will have fans winding up like yo-yos in the pit. But is it the “all pit, no shit” that badass/vocalist Jamey Jasta boldly stated?
Is it divine? No. Hatebreed may not be reinventing the wheel here but they don’t have to.
That’s not a dis. If they strayed too far away from the formula and added, say, horns or ballads like metalcore acts to liven it up – would it work? Hell no, I’d write a review tearing them apart.
There are some bands that just do what they do. Like they define the genre so well and set the bar at a certain height, what are you going to say- they stink, yuck? Fact of the matter is this band may be older than some of you readers.
The Divinity of Purpose is a staple for the cargo-shorts wearing fans. The single “Put It To the Torch” strongly sets the tone for more jams like “Before the Fight Ends You” and “Honor Never Dies” that will bring you home from the pit covered in black, blue and red.
The title track revs up and revives the listener for the latter half of the record and breaks up the monotony of chug. But either way, The Divinity of Purpose as a whole has that “F- you” kinda way that isn’t pansy like punk. I mean, shit, who would start a fight with Jasta? I suspect this is a band that brings weights on the road for beefing up. Unless you’re that skinny dude who is secretly a MMA fighter or …
Okay, we were going off topic quickly.
All you need to know is this. While the band welcomes everyone—all parties agree on the same message: let me do my thing. Whatever gets in the way of individualism is kind of a problem for all of the heavier genres. So have at it.