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5.0 out of 5 stars Hatebreed are back and as good as ever, 10 Nov 2003
This review is from: The Rise Of Brutality (Audio CD)
Hatebreed are back with "the rise of brutality", and it's only a year since we were blessed with "perserverance". Yes it has only been a short while since perserverance but hatebreed fans will tell you, it seems like an age. The style and method is pretty much the same as perserverance except the tempo is a little faster on some of the tracks - for example 'another day, another vendetta'. This album brings more class than the previous two albums, the overall sound quality and production of this album is superb. I wasn't expecting the album to be as good as it is, since it hasn't been long since perseverance, you can tell they have taken the time and effort to produce this album, but you can tell it has only been a year because of the 32 minuets overall playing time, it may be short but it's quality is it's strength. Could you honestly listen to a 70 minute hatebreed album? I know i could, but would the all round quality still be there. Don't be disapointed when you have listened to the whole album on a single bus journey, remember you can always listen to it again, and you will definately want to.
One big difference i noticed after listening to the album was the lack of mosh riffs. Like a lot of hatebreed fans i thought the best part of hatebreed songs was the 30 second mosh riff at the end of almost every song. But only a few of the songs have mosh riffs on the rise of brutality, and at first i was disappointed. A few of their songs have mosh riffs, for example "doomsayer" and "beholder of justice" and to be honest these are the two best songs on the album. But without mosh riffs hatebreed aren't as good? you ask. Well you would think that wouldn't you, but its not true, with quicker riff throughout most songs, you get just as good a result.
When you first play the cd and listen to the first track, you will think 'hhhmmmmmm', i've heard this before, and it's because this is the track 'outro' from perserverance but it's now a song, it has been extended and has had words added, and it results in a great opener. Hatebreed coule be descibed as the title of there second track 'straight to your face', the intensity onthe first few tracks is quite amazingly high, and then it goes into class mode with 'live for this' which is probably the least hatebreed like track (if you know what i mean) once you're done listen to that you are rewarded with 'doomsayer', this is by far the best track on the album, with it's catchy heavy tune, you'll be hooked to this song instantly, and at the end you get a bone crunching riff, which forces you to mosh, even if you resist you cant help but get up a go mental. And then the class comes back with 'another day another vendetta'. This track has a brilliant speedy riff, which is also very catchy. When you reach 'beholder of justice' you are a lucky person, because just when the song seems to be finishing you get the best riff on the album and one of the best from hatebreed. It goes on for 45 seconds and it is pure class, not as fast as the proven riff off perserverance (which is one of the best riffs ever) but this riff is pure heaviness with a lot of bass - excellent!!! And the you get this is now, which i think will probably be the most popular song. It personally reminds me of a longer, slower version of 'we still fight'.
Conclusion - if you have never heard Hatebreed and are gonna buy one of there cds i would recomend 'Satishfaction is the death of desire', if you like you music mega heavy then go for "perseverance", if you are new to hatebreedand like heavy stuff (well all hatebreed is frighteningly heavy)i recomend this but remember that it is very short, but all hatebreed albums are. Hatebreed still havn't reproduced the brilliance of 'Satishfaction is the death of desire' but it is hard to match the brilliance of one of the greatest metal albums of all time, it is not as intense as perserverance but definately worth a buy. To define a style, i would say a mix between satishfaction and perserverance - it's the best of both, but it's too damn short. If i give satishfaction 97% and i give perserverance 93% i would give this 92%.
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