Hatebreed – Supremacy Review

Posted: January 12, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Hatebreed - Supremacy

Hatebreed - Supremacy

As a fan, you come to expect a certain level of quality from Hatebreed and Supremacy does not disappoint in the slightest. From start to finish Supremacy is a vital and energetic album capturing the sharper and harder aspects of the bands sound.

The album as a whole is very strong and never suffers from any dip in quality, there are no weak tracks and the album overall is just the right length to feel complete without dragging on.

Compared to the previous two albums Supremacy seems to be exploring the band’s heavier influences more, with a stronger focus on that part of the band’s sound than other aspects, for example their are fewer sections that could be described as punk influenced and the songs are less straightforward in composition and use notes and patterns in places more traditionally associated with much more extreme bands. The album is by no means a departure, the lion’s share pf the music sounds the way you would expect but it does concentrate more one side of their sound than others in places.

Songs like the furious opener ‘Defeatist,’ and the crowd favourite ‘Destroy Everything,’ a bursting with power and swagger and luckily contain the usual Jasta lyrical content about overcoming of odds, self realization and self actualization, overall very positive and empowering messages to deliver.

After the deeper and harsher production of Th Rise of Brutality the band decided to hand the production over to metal production expert Zeuss who was able to create a perfectly cutting and forceful style that perfectly suited the bands faster moments.

Standout moments include ‘Spitting Venom,’ which contains some unusually catchy guitar parts and ‘As Diehard As They Come,’ which is almost impossible not to sing along to.

Overall Supremacy is a great Hatebreed album, definitely worth checking out if you are think you might like the band and utterly essential if you already do like the band.
****

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