Hatebreed
Weight of the False Self


2.0
poor

Review

by renegadestrings USER (15 Reviews)
November 29th, 2020 | 30 replies


Release Date: 11/27/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crushed under the weight

Concrete confession time: I’m an album guy. It’s difficult for me to put something on shuffle or listen to an album without starting from track 1. Therefore, if an album does not grab my attention from the very beginning, I tend turn my nose up at the rest.

Considering this, it’s an absolute miracle that I listened to Weight of the False Self in its entirety.

Hatebreed needs no introduction, but their recent hot streak does. Since 2009’s self-titled, Hatebreed have been remarkably consistent, releasing album after album’s worth of solid hardcore. Part of what makes each release work is how the band frontloads their track lists with killer songs that grab the listener immediately and thrusts them into the proverbial pit. Weight of the False Self, on the other hand, sputters out of the gate with by-the-numbers-but-worse tracks like Set It Right (Start With Yourself) and Instinctive (Slaughterlust). Considering the band’s embrace of more thrash-oriented elements over the past 10 years, to hear them rely more on uninspired ‘chugga chugga’ palm-muted riffs is disheartening. Segments where chords are allowed to ring out are often exciting, but they are inevitably followed by ever more ice cream, chugga chugga, ice cream chugga.

Worse yet is the step down in lyrical quality. Credit where it’s due, there are some nice lyrical moments and genuinely interesting wordplay on display, but it just feels forced more often than it should. This is most evident on the title track where front man Jamey Jasta spits out probably the most awkward reprise of Hatebreed’s career:

If you want to make a difference in the world it means
you have to be different from the world you see
free yourself from burdens that you know exist
don’t carry the curse of the fatalist


That’s a mouthful. Worse, it’s a mouthful unworthy of the quality singer/growler behind it. Another offender, the aforementioned Start With Yourself, is only the first of like 3 songs that center around the motif of, “be the change you want to see in the world.” The sentiment is welcome, but we’ve heard this at least twice per album on 7 other albums already.

Fortunately, the album does pick up a bit from Cling to Life and onward. A Stroke of Red breaks into an unexpected thrash segment that gives a sense of urgency missing elsewhere on the album, The Herd Will Scatter has a breakneck, yet bouncy rhythm. Again, none of this is new or original, but it will serve the listener well as they run laps (outside and 6 feet away from others).

Considering Hatebreed’s formula, I suppose this sort of boilerplate hardcore songwriting shouldn’t be a surprise, but the devil is in the details. A good Hatebreed song has a delicate formula based primarily around Jasta’s excellent growl, distorted guitars that utilize metalcore and thrash influences, and percussion meant to get the crowd moving and heads bobbing. The final ingredient to all of this is Jasta’s empowering words, imploring the listener to see their better angels. However, should one of these elements fail, the music becomes stale. For the first time in a long time, Hatebreed seems to be crushed under the weight of this truth.



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parksungjoon
November 29th 2020


25412 Comments


this band still exists huh

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

heck
November 29th 2020


5314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

residentsleeper

Digging: Nothing - The Great Dismal

Titan
November 29th 2020


21697 Comments


Band is poops

renegadestrings
November 29th 2020


1537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

To the “I forgot the band existed” crowd; check out some of their output over the past decade. Become the Fuse, Honor Never Dies, Every Lasting Scar. Lots of great songs to get the adrenaline going

parksungjoon
November 29th 2020


25412 Comments


should i check even if i think supremacy was rubbish

Uzumaki
November 29th 2020


2851 Comments


NGL, I didn’t even make it halfway through the first song. This was baaaad.

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Thalassic
November 29th 2020


5284 Comments


This album's not good, but the first four are still great for what they are and they had a few solid tracks after those as well

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2020


13078 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is inspiring

Intothepit
December 1st 2020


4184 Comments


What's insane to me is a lot of people I know still look to Hatebreed as the "be all-end all" of hardcore. It's sad that the most experimentation this band every really did was adding some more thrash-oriented riffs in their already monotonous brand of metallic harxcore.

Titan
December 1st 2020


21697 Comments


I do remember the production on Rise Of Brutality being awesome though

renegadestrings
December 1st 2020


1537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hatebreed was a gateway band to hardcore music for me. They don’t do anything overly experimental, and monotony is most certainly their downfall, but I still think they have an overall great sound. I’ve always liked Jasta’s vocals (which are at their peak now), rhythm section is tight, and the music just functions as a shot of adrenaline on demand. Sometimes that’s all I really want

renegadestrings
December 1st 2020


1537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Rise of Brutality’s production was a quantum leap ahead of their previous output. It’s still a little muddy sounding, but I think it fits the tone of that record. Too bad it’s not that great of an album. This and RoB are tied for worst in my opinion

Sciroccu
December 1st 2020


940 Comments


Well I think I'll pass.
Rise of brutality was the best album on the few I heard from them (with Divinity of purpose) and they seem to be far from that area.


Sciroccu
December 1st 2020


940 Comments



Good review anyway man.

Dwap
December 1st 2020


189 Comments


I've never been able to get into this band. I've tried a couple of times and whilst I don't really have anything negative to say about them, I never come away thinking positive thoughts either.

nononsense
December 1st 2020


3515 Comments


Good review, but I disagree. Instinctive goes hard.

nononsense
December 1st 2020


3515 Comments


Good review, but I disagree. Instinctive goes hard.

oltnabrick
December 2nd 2020


40090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

site is full of betas lmao

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Rowhaus
December 2nd 2020


3955 Comments


Hatebreed is a one trick pony. A super badass, weight room-loving, lifted truck-driving pony. Nothing wrong with that at all imo.

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heck
December 2nd 2020


5314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hardcore for FFDP fans.



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