Written by Zax
Hatebreed – Weight Of The False Self
Hardcore from Connecticut, USA
Released November 27th, 2020
Via Nuclear Blast Records
I’m back, and my black metal streak is over. What ended it? Well… Hatebreed! Hatebreed are a bit of a contentious band, cause they have what I’ve dubbed the “Lamb Of God problem.” They have a considerable and devoted fanbase, but generally aren’t exactly critical darlings due to sorta kinda releasing the same album over and over again. Like Lamb Of God, however, I happen to like this pony’s one trick.
If you haven’t liked Hatebreed in the past, this probably won’t change your mind, but in case you’re still undecided on the matter, let me tell you what I personally love about this record.
The energy this band brings to a record is like no other. It’s pissed off and aggro, but also uplifting and empowering, and that goes for the music and the lyrical content. The record will get you so fucking hyped, it’s a great album for a workout or to just cut loose to.
The riffs on this album are fucking bonkers y’all. The chugging guitars just barrel at you for the entire duration of the album, and the drums go off too, the production really is top notch.
Jamey Jasta is such a commanding presence behind the mic. The raw power of his yells have always been one of the band’s biggest assets in my opinion. The gang vocals are fantastic as well, and they bring a unique sense of warmth and populism to the record. It’s also really catchy with the repeated lyrics, although it sometimes borders on repetitive.
While most tracks on the album are pretty standard bangers, the track “Cling to Life” caught my eye. It seems to be about the death of a loved one, and the reflecting and regrets that come with the healing process of such a tragedy – a subject that far too many will find relatable this year. Take these lyrics as an example, “It’s tragic, here you lay expressionless / What once was vibrant became emptiness / If I could just command your body not to wither / If I could just turn back the years and not be bitter.” Pretty potent stuff. The song also features an amazing guitar solo that not only kicks ass, but genuinely carries the emotional weight of the song for an epic and melancholic moment.
Is this album anything special technically? Not really, but does it have to be? I don’t think so. I had a really good time with it, and sometimes, that’s all an album needs to do to gain my admiration. Absolutely check it out.