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Perseverance

Hatebreed

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Album Review

Perseverance marks Hatebreed's major-label debut, despite being an integral part of the hardcore community for years. It also marks Hatebreed's first full-length album of new material since their 1997 debut, Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire. While most would expect that after five years some growth would be merited, listening to Perseverance one would have a hard time telling that such a period of time passed between albums. The album does indeed sound much better from a production standpoint, but considering that Hatebreed went from Victory, a prominent independent hardcore label, to Universal Records, which may very well be the largest record label in the world, that is to be expected. If nothing else, on this album Hatebreed manages to sound even more angry at the world then one would think possible. Hatebreed also seems to have taken on some new influences, as their excessive bond with the likes of Slipknot and Slayer has really focused the group's music on a heavier metalcore vein. The hardcore transitions are abundant and enhance almost every song contained on the album, one thing that is sure to incite riots amongst the moshers at live shows. Jamey Jasta's guttural hollering remains consistent, throatier than ever before, and it never ceases to assault the listener. Perseverance is not an album for the weak and fragile. Lyrically, Jasta seems to have a bone to pick with an assortment of unnamed characters, as almost every song on Perseverance is made up of lyrics that communicate the fact that Hatebreed will remain despite any ill words or empty threats. This subject matter goes hand in hand with the album's title and is easy to relate to. "Proven" kicks the album off to a ferocious start, and from there Hatebreed's intensity only increases. Slayer's very own Kerry King even offers his guitar skills on "Final Prayer," which is most definitely heavy metal, to say the very least. Hatebreed's determination to remain unchanged musically is inspiring; even though they have matured to a major label they lose none of their anger, yet their indifference to musical evolution may also prove to be a hindrance as well. Perseverance is an excellent introduction for those who have not yet experienced Hatebreed and matches the group's debut — possibly even bettering past efforts. While Hatebreed doesn't disappoint, one may for the first time begin to worry about the group's longevity if they cannot broaden their musical horizons with future efforts. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi

Customer Reviews

"And now for something really . . . "

At 42, married with children, I can definitely say this band sits at the farthest end of my taste spectrum. But there are definitely times when these guys can provide my soundtrack. I was turned onto this band - and specifically this album - from the XXX soundtrack. "I Will Be Heard" carries a profound message of refusal to be kept down - something I think we currently need MORE OF, if you get my drift. Admittedly I can't often listen to this or their other album all at one time. But the majority of both albums is spread out in my huge rock/metal mix (almost 600 songs/4 gig) that is the usual soundtrack to my tinkering and woodworking time in my shop. If you just listen, you won't get it. You need to listen and FEEL Hatebreed - maybe close your eyes and let it roll through you like a shockwave. It's kinda like that contemporary statement from those that are trying to warn you - "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention." Well Hatebreed's got a wake up call for ya. For the record, I like opera and classical too - that's at the other end of my taste spectrum; with alt metal being the in the middle. No, I'm not kidding.

Set to be a Hardcore classic...

This album is truly the best Hatebreed album yet released. Their Satisfaction album was an awesome ramp up, but I never expected this album would be this great when it finally came out. The lyrics are brutal, the music is brutal . . a true masterpiece. AND, I might add, it was a real treat for them to include "Smash Your Enemies" on this album, which was one of my favorite trakcs from their early EP. GET THIS ALBUM!

Now is the time.

Hatebreed - Perserverance 2002 ...you need to purchase this album at this price. The best album by Hatebreed so far. Go see them live. THIS IS A CLASSIC! Can we get a live album soon?

Biography

Formed: 1993 in New Haven, CT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New Haven, Connecticut-based Hatebreed got together in 1993 for the purpose of creating a "back to basics" hardcore band with heavy metallic guitars, screaming vocals, and 30-second songs. Consisting of Jamey Jasta (vocals), Lou "Boulder" Richards (guitar), Chris Beattie (bass), Sean Martin (guitar), and Rigg Ross (drums), Hatebreed had the chance to play throughout the East Coast while sharing the stage with the likes of Entombed, the Deftones, Slayer, and Napalm Death. By 1997, Victory Records...
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