Hatebreed
Rise of Brutality


3.0
good

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 48 replies | 16,101 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Hatebreed
Rise of Brutality


Some general impressions
'Rise of Brutality' sounds more agressive and darker than 'Perseverance'. During my first listen to the album I thought: "It seems that the song structure got simpler, and the songs and lyrics got harder". But what about the thoughts on the second and third listening?

The mood and atmoshpere of the songs in fact got darker and more agressive. The album is fast paced. There is no to little pause between tracks, and they merge over into each other. Especially the first four tracks drive you forward. Before you even know the first track is over, the second kicks in. The drumming got much faster, there is more use of the double bass drumming. The riffs seem harder, the guitar and the bass seem deeper. Maybe that comes from different production and different mixing.

Nice to see is the use of musical accents. On some tracks there is a second guitar line, that gives the song a different twist. On 'Another day, another vendetta' for example. This song reminds me of songs by Raised Fist. Nice work. Similar use of a second guitar is present on 'This is now'. A gimmick for people who know 'Perseverance' is the first track, 'Tear it down'. This track is build around the 'Outro' riff of the former album, and builds a little bridge between those two records. Nice idea.

The lyrics and shouting of Jamey Jasta are much less 'positive'. There are still songs that tell you to carry on, and keep on going. But those sound not as positive as on 'Perseverance'. A good example is 'This is now'. Basically the song tells you to take the chances you have, and control your day. To control yourself, and your tomorrow. But the mood of the song is agressive, harsh, unfriendly. Overall it seems that Jasta was influenced by more negative expiriences during the creative process to 'Rise of brutality'.

What I really like about the album:
I think the use of those additional guitar work is an interesting idea. Also nice is the use of backing vocals, like heard on This is now' or 'Voice of Contention''. The record itself goes of with imense speed. The not existing pause between the songs makes listening to this record like a rollercoaster ride. Turn after turn. The record seems harder, like there was more concentration on the essence of what defines Hatebreed's music. It makes the record a good soundtrack for a bad day, if you have the feeling you have to punch everyone in the face. ;)

What was not so good:
The downside of this record is the same as with 'Perseverance', and it may have gotton worse. The songs got harder, but IMO more repetitive. The main driving component is the heavily pounding double bass, which sounds pretty the same on almost all songs. Same counts about guitar. It's a nice try by Jamey Jasta to bring some variation into his screaming. But it sounds pretty weak on 'Voice of contention'. Negative may also be, that the lyrics are much more 'depressive'. Many songs are essentially 'Why do I need you anyway? If you want me to help, show me you doubt me. Cause that is the only thing that drives me forward'.

Summary:
'Rise of Brutality' is a good and a bad record at the same time. The little change in sound makes it great for people who just look for hard pounding music. But the variation stays behind because of this. The excessive use of double bass is too much for me on tracks like 'Doomsayer' or 'Beholder of Justice'. It makes the tracks too monotonous IMO. Yet there are excellent tracks like 'Live for this' or 'This is now'. Overall I would suggest this album to fans of the previous Hatebreed album. And to people that like music from the hardcore/metalcore genre.

My suggestions: Live for this, Another day another vendetta, This is now


Rating: 3/5 :)



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Luxor
January 11th 2004



166 Comments


I've only ever heard the song "Live For This". It was pretty good.

metallica305
May 20th 2004



3 Comments


yeh i only herd one song not sure wat it was thoug but it was on a compo form 'Metal Hammer'. i liked it, it was different american metal. it breaks away from the liikes of chimara and 36 crazyfists it has its own kind of genre. i rate this band and i hope to see them get alot bigger because the NWOAM is coming and this band is the front line

goodbyesoberday
May 22nd 2004



9 Comments


this album is f u c king bad - good review as well

BuddyBigsby
May 22nd 2004



531 Comments


Good review, but I disagree on the part about it being repetitive. On Perseverance the songs get extremely boring and blend together after the about the eight track, with only a song or two like "Final Prayer" to awake you from your slumber. When I listened to The Rise of Brutality, though, it was able to hold my attention throughout the whole album, perhaps even more so than on their modern classic, Satisfaction is the Death of Desire, and that's saying a lot. I think this is probably right up there with, if not better than, Satisfaction, and Perseverance is weak in comparison to these two albums.

NewKindofArmy03
May 22nd 2004



26 Comments


i might pick up a hatebreed cd soon. what's their best one?

BuddyBigsby
May 22nd 2004



531 Comments


Either this one or Satisfaction, depending on your tastes. Download a couple songs from each and decide.

Satisfaction songs:
"Last Breath"
"Before Dishonor"
"Not One Truth"
"Burial for the Living"

Rise of Brutality songs:
"Doomsayer"
"Facing What Consumes You"
"Beholder of Justice"

Bartender
Emeritus
May 22nd 2004



826 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]Good review, but I disagree on the part about it being repetitive. On Perseverance the songs get extremely boring and blend together after the about the eight track, with only a song or two like "Final Prayer" to awake you from your slumber. When I listened to The Rise of Brutality, though, it was able to hold my attention throughout the whole album, perhaps even more so than on their modern classic, Satisfaction is the Death of Desire, and that's saying a lot. I think this is probably right up there with, if not better than, Satisfaction, and Perseverance is weak in comparison to these two albums.[/QUOTE]

Well, it depends on your point of view..Hatebreed are either repetitive, or consistent. I think they work really well as a band not taken too seriously - they're songs are generally good and heavy, with shoutalong chorus'. A fun, heavy band if you like.

BuddyBigsby
May 22nd 2004



531 Comments


I don't take them to seriously, just as a good, heavy band with plenty of opportunities to mosh. But the last half of Perseverance is just boring, even for them.

UnderDawg
May 25th 2004



2 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]I don't take them to seriously, just as a good, heavy band with plenty of opportunities to mosh. But the last half of Perseverance is just boring, even for them.[/QUOTE]

Actually I think the POINT of the band is to be taken seriously? Ever read the lyrics for songs like We Still Fight or Empty Promises? There is definetely a message in those they are trying to voice.

BuddyBigsby
May 26th 2004



531 Comments


Well, of course their lyrics have meaning, I'm talking musically. I don't take Hatebreed as serious MUSICALLY as I would say Tool.

satanic-panic
July 1st 2004



18 Comments


i'm sorry all, but this is the weakest hatebreed album of all. to me the only good song is doomsayer. go ahead and bash me for saying that

BuddyBigsby
July 1st 2004



531 Comments


How do you figure satanic panic?

I mean, this album stays exciting all the way through, whereas Perserverance basically dies around track 8 or so. I think this is almost as good as Satisfaction...

satanic-panic
July 1st 2004



18 Comments


i feel that its boring, it seems that they didn't have time to write their own music using the same music from their peers. if ya dont believe me its in the credits of the songs. and the first track was the last track off of Perserverance. i mean come on. write some new music, not add lyrics to your old outro's. i was highly disappointed. sorry man. didn't mean to offend ya at all

BuddyBigsby
July 1st 2004



531 Comments


Nah, you didn't, it's just your taste and that's cool.

axeslinga_32
July 1st 2004



41 Comments


i bought perseverence and my interest in this band quickly died.

Toozey
January 2nd 2005



77 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]Well, it depends on your point of view..Hatebreed are either repetitive, or consistent. I think they work really well as a band not taken too seriously - they're songs are generally good and heavy, with shoutalong chorus'. A fun, heavy band if you like.[/QUOTE]

This is the sort of attitude I take to bands like Hatebreed.

cbmartinez
January 2nd 2005



2525 Comments


My view of Hatebreed is skewed. I always thought they were a nu-metal/metal band. I really should check them out. Great review, Damrod.

DimebagDarrell
January 2nd 2005



65 Comments


a good album my favs are:
another day another vendetta
beholder of justice
doomsayer
life for this

UnNormalLikeDrew
January 2nd 2005



21 Comments


[QUOTE=satanic-panic]i'm sorry all, but this is the weakest hatebreed album of all. to me the only good song is doomsayer. go ahead and bash me for saying that[/QUOTE]


yes doomsayer... I love that song

Let's Chop Cats!
September 10th 2005



142 Comments

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