Album: The Divinity Of Purpose
Label: Razor & Tie
“All pit, no shit.” That’s how Jamey Jasta was describing Hatebreed’s upcoming album, The Divinity of Purpose. Many were suspect of just how true this claim was, considering the band’s trajectory over recent albums, but upon the release of “Put It To The Torch” (the lead single and first track on the album), there was a lot of reason to believe Jasta wasn’t pulling our collective chain. I’m here to tell you that he actually wasn’t pulling our chain–The Divinity of Purpose really is all pit, no shit.
If you’ve ever listened to Hatebreed, which if you’re reading this review I assume you have, The Divinity of Purpose will feel very familiar to you. Musically reminiscient of songs like “I Will Be Heard,” the first three tracks on the album are absolute killers. Since the Perseverance days, however, Hatebreed have changed their sound a bit. No longer are they focused only on the thickness and low end, the guitar tones are very reminiscent of the Kirk Windstein/Crowbar–lots of mids, lots of noise–which adds a new dimension to the aggressiveness of most of the album.
Whether or not you enjoy this album really depends on which camp of Hatebreed listeners you fall under. First, you could be of the camp that really just wants to have them recreate Perseverance over and over again, in which case you won’t be totally satisfied here, but it’s certainly a step toward the right direction for you. Alternatively, you could be the kind of person who just really likes Hatebreed and pretty much everything they do. In that case you’re almost certainly going to love this ablum.
The fact of the matter is that The Divinity of Purpose is a very solid record, and true to form for Hatebreed. Covering all the bases for what anyone could expect from Hatebreed (gang vocals, mosh sections, motivating lyrics, etc.), my only real complaint about the album is that it feels a bit shorter than its 34 minute run time. Certainly worth checking out, even if you don’t treat it as anything more than gym music (something Hatebreed has always been perfect for).
Review by Jordan Munson