Hatebreed
Perseverance


3.0
good

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Some general impressions
The song 'I will be heard' was the first contact I ever had with Hatebreed. I heard it in a local club, and I liked the simple, but powerfull design of the song. The deep bass riff at the beginning, Jastas shouting, and only three different riffs overall in the song. I must confess, I was impressed. And curious, how the other material by Hatebredd would be. Said and done, I organised myself 'Persaverance'. The other songs are not that different. There are no real complicated songs, mostly Hatebreed stick to three riff arrangements. But what they lack in complexity, is made up by energy.

But regarding the lyrics, I was kinda suprised. Overall, the record gives 'a positive view', if you can call it so. Songs like 'Persaverance' and 'You're never alone' tell you not to give up, stay true to what is important to you, and believe in yourself. 'Below the bottom' is a song about friends changing in the negative way, and a call for them to change to the better again. This is somehow the general mood of the record. No 'People are ****, you should all die' stuff. (Though there is this one song, 'Call for blood'... ;))

The problem with music like this is always, that it can sound very repeatitive. But Hatebreed did a good job on this record, to minimise this effect as much as possible. A guitar solo here ('Final Prayer'), slow and partly-muted intros that change into a fast paced guitar riff ('Smash your enemies') or long ringing distorted guitars entering a fast sprint to a slow sawing chorus ('Healing to suffer again') are just some examples for variations on the usual pattern.


What I really like about the album:
The power and energy of the energy still impress me. And it is no wonder to me, that the crowd at Hatebreed gigs goes mad. The lyrics are on topics that almost everybody can relate to. I like the positive attitude of songs like 'Persaverance', 'You're not alone' and 'I will be heard'. This is probably one of the records I listen to, when I have a bad day, and need some acoustic support.

What was not so good:
The problems of this record get obvious very soon. Because of the type of music, and the way Hatebreed chose to interpret it, it can get for some people boring I guess. I really like it. But the constant shouting of Jasta, with no or little variation, the somehow similar sounding riffs and song patterns can get boring for someone who is not really into this badn and/or music.


Summary:
Overall I demm this a great piece of music (at least inside it's genre). If you're in general open to Metalcore and Hardcore, you will have a lot of fun with this record IMO. People who are not directly into this kind of music will probably say it is boring and repetitive. Which is a good point, cause there is not that big variation in music and singing. But if you can look past that: Pick it up! :thumb:

My suggestions: I will be heard, Healing to suffer again, Below the bottom, Smash your enemies
Rating: 3-3.5/5 :)



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BuddyBigsby
January 13th 2004


531 Comments


Good point, and good job "getting" Hatebreed in that they're not meant to be a complex band. I'm not sure if you have their first CD, Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire, but if not, you should definitely pick it up as it beats Perserverance into submission.

goodbyesoberday
May 1st 2004


9 Comments


newest album rules

Arrakakaka
October 22nd 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Boring, tasteless, and utterly boring again. So hard to sit through. I just can't stand it.



Very good review.This Message Edited On 10.22.05

Fabz
October 22nd 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, this band is good in my opinion but it's their worst album.

ocelot-05
November 30th 2005


807 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is perhaps the most monotonous metal album I've heard. The only good songs, in my opinion, are I Will Be Heard and Bloodsoaked Memories.

canadapantsman
March 5th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I will be heard would be good to punch someone to, but besides that i dont see how this music serves much of a purpose. If i want hardcore, there's black flag and earth crisis, if i want metal there's Zao or Slayer. Mindless music isnt my thing.

ktstein
March 5th 2006


459 Comments


Come on...Hatebreed has been around forever...you have to respect these guys for doing their thing and staying in the scene for this long. BTW, they're angry...

The Jungler
March 6th 2006


4826 Comments


From what I've heard of this it's decent, but I'm a little embarresed that they are one of the only bands from Connecticut to ever make it big.

Pete
March 7th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this album is really good, it has that X factor of good things hidden in average songs that makes me go back and listen to it time and time again.



Plus, Jamey Jasta pwns all of y'all.

blackmage2020
March 27th 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I liked the album although repetition was somewhat of a problem. I love the band and what they've done for metalcore fans like myself.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 14th 2006


4405 Comments


I'm not feeling it...

~SUNK_LOTO~
April 28th 2006


4 Comments


hatebreed are mad this album is their best album "proven" is my favo song 9/10

f_u_c_t
May 1st 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't get into this album like I can on the Rise of Brutality. It seems a bit repetitive, unlike most of RoB. But still another good effort that is def. worth a few more listens.

BloodyxRomance
May 15th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review



I loved this album

kurdt
May 28th 2006


18 Comments


good album for just rocking out..makes you want to grab a bat and break **** for no apparent reason..aside from that its 'ok'

bannedinDC123
June 3rd 2006


1 Comments


great band..but not the best album

f_u_c_t
June 14th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is def. growing on me, rating may go upThis Message Edited On 06.14.06

LifeInABox
November 30th 2006


3709 Comments


this is metalcore or idk not hardcore.

UpperDecker
November 30th 2006


255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uhh...... they're hardcore or atleast what standards of hardcore have been since they've been a band.

Pluh
February 9th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright band... mediocre instruments, not really into jasta's vocals... but all in all, ok stuff.



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