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There are some bands that just get it. Hatebreed is one of those bands. Like clockwork, I know that when I'm presented with a brand new Hatebreed release, I'm going to like it. You know why? Because before I ever hear a single note of it, I'm 100% certain of what I'm going to hear. Without question, their uncompromising approach to hardcore has launched them past almost all of their peers in the genre. While there are definitely bands like Agnostic Front that will always get more love as the creators and innovators of this style of music, there's very little doubt that it was Hatebreed that took it to the widest range of fans. Sure, they don't sell a zillion copies of any album, but who does that makes metal these days? What Hatebreed does doe, with every release, is deliver integrity, big sound, and uncompromising lyrics. THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE is just what you'd expect from Hatebreed, although it's a touch heavier than even their past work has provided. In short, THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE kicks ass.

While vocalist Jamey Jasta has become the "famous" member of the band, he's just part of the entity known as Hatebreed within the confines of it. Like with all their other releases, the element that drives the band is the guitar work. For THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE, guitarists Wayne Lozinek and Frank Novinec take the playing up to another vicous level. Listening to their vicious riffs on songs like "Before The Fight Ends You" will have you ready to start a mosh pit in your living room, your car, or in a concert arena; wherever you experience it. These guys are vicious this time around, and it's welcomed to say the least. The same can be said of the band's underbelly. Drummer Matt Byrne and bassist Chris Beattie create a thumping, galloping foundation that rocks songs like "Indivisible". In short, the band just rages throughout the entire disc. There's no filler anywhere on THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE.

As for Jasta, let's face it. He's not exactly a multi-directional singer. Jasta has one speed - hyperspeed. He's a rager. If you liked his vocals before, you will like them now. If not, stop reading. His cadence has always been what has separated him from most of the others in this genre, and that's the case once again. "Dead Man Breathing" is, by far, the best and most catchy song on this release, and it's made so by Jasta's raging against the headbanging midtempo gallop created by the rest of the band. It works...period.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - Hatebreed are just a cut above just about every other band in the hardcore genre. THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE once again finds them destroying. This is Hatebreed. It's what you expect, and it's not a lot of frills. Oh, and it just brutalizes as they always do. Killer release once again.

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