Like your Metalcore loud, hard and angry? Then look no further, Hatebreed’s The Concrete Confessional is the record for you.
The Concrete Confessional is the veteran Metaler's 7th studio album and they’re still not holding back in their aggression or pulling any of their punches. Officially coming together in 1994 in New Haven, Connecticut and currently formed of Jamey Justa (vocalist), Chris Beattie (bassist), Matt Byrne (drums) and finally Wayne Lozinak and Frank Novinec (both guitarists) Hatebreed is not one of the original Metalcore bands, but they’ve still cemented their place as one of the heavyweights of the genre.
The Concrete Confessional hit our shelves on the 13th of May 2016, sadly not too much fanfare as this one almost past me by without realising it. The themes picked up after a few listens are social injustice, police brutality and drug abuse, you know, Metal’s usual subjects, but I found Hatebreed’s take on them are quite intelligent.
The first single off the EP ‘A.D.’ is the perfect example of this, vocalist Jamey stated “With the government and big business drowning in corruption and greed, the average person is being squeezed, so achieving the American dream is becoming less and less real” all to the backdrop of Thrash style Metalcore complete with screeching guitars, what’s not to love?
'Somethings Off’ is one of my favourite tracks with its slow bass line intro before the chaos starts and I really do love how it swings between balls to the wall to a tamer version all the way through. Coming in at just over 33 minutes it is a bit short but it is a brutal record and you do just get swept up in the assault on your ears.
I really am glad I signed up to receive weekly emails of all the latest albums released otherwise I really would have missed this gem. I’ve never been a massive fan of Hatebreed over the years, only hearing and enjoying a few songs here and there, but this album is awesome, not too complex, easy to get into and really solidifies them as a top notch Metalcore band worth their salt.
Their musical inspirations can also be heard such as ‘Looking Down the Barrel of Today’ has hints of Seplultura and ‘The Apex Within’ sounds quite Misfits-ishy. All in all, a great album to head bang to and get the blood pumping, it won’t be one of those classics that stands the test of time, but it won’t be forgotten to soon either.