Hatebreed, the modern day kings of hardcore, are back with another offering of angry yet uplifting music for the circle pitting masses with The Divinity of Purpose. With Hatebreed you know what you are getting. 3 minutes songs of intense energy with catchy riffs and Jamey Jasta’s barking vocals of inspiration.
In fact his lyrics should be considered as a member of the band with being as integral as they are. Without them these songs would be very cliché and boring. While he sings about well-treaded topics as self reliance, he does them in a way that don’t sound as dickish as other singers do. Take “Own Your World” which starts out with chanting “who has more heart than you/NO ONE”. Talking about burning the bridge and making a stand, very simple yet powerful lyrics that draw in the disenfranchised and wandering masses. Couple that with riffs that act as magnets and you have a rallying point.
With the title track’s subject of friendship, which sounds on corny in print, makes you want to hug your friend and start slamming into strangers when you hear it.
On those songs when everything is meshing, Hatebreed is one of the best. Yet when it isn’t, they are very tired and boring. Its at those times when you notice the limitations of the band. Simple riffs are great when they work, when they don’t it sounds like a beginners band. Having no solos underscores that on the bad ones too. The bad music then spotlights how these lyrics can be cheesy at times.
The Divinity of Purpose is a perfect representation of Hatebreed. When it works they are a mass of of fist pumping, me against the world, awesomeness. When it doesn’t, they become “didn’t they just play that?”
However, the good is just so Gahd Damn good.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space